JUDGES' BIOGRAPHY

DR. ANTOINETTE VELIKINA – Piano Solo and Piano Chamber

 

DR. ANTOINETTE VELIKINA has a Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano from the Catholic University of America, Master of Music in piano from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music in piano from the State Academy of Music, Sofia Bulgaria, with additional studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Austria. A native of Bulgaria, Dr. Velikina has performed on concert stages around the US and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Weiner Saal at Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), Tessaloniki Concert Hall (Greece), National Palace of Culture (Sofia, Bulgaria).  She is a winner of the Catholic University Concerto Competition and had performed with the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra, and a recipient of numerous awards from Indiana University and Catholic University. She has been teaching piano in the Washington, DC area since 2001 and has served as a faculty member at Catholic University of America in Washington DC. 

 

 

 

DR. BORA LEE – Piano Solo

 

Dr. Bora Lee is a sought after pianist in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, invited as a featured artist from Washington Performing Arts Society, Arts Club of Washington, S&R Foundation Artist Concert Series, Sumner Concert Series, Embassy of Poland, and Embassy of Korea. She has also appeared at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Orford Arts Centre in Québec, Baroque Recital Hall in Prague among others.

 

Among her many honors are First Prize in the International Concert Artist Competition, the OMTA Piano Competition, and the Korean National Music Competition, as well as prizes from University of Cincinnati Concerto Competition, the Samick Piano Competition and the Korean Piano Society Competition. She also appeared as a soloist with Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Cantate Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra.

 

She had been a faculty member at University of Cincinnati Preparatory School in Ohio, Radford University, and Governor’s School in Virginia. She is on a faculty at Washington Conservatory of Music. 

 

Dr. Lee earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and her Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Yonsei University in Korea. 

 

MUNA MARTIN - String Solo and Other Chamber

 

A native of Tianjin, China, violinist Muna Martin received her training from some of the greatest teachers and institutions in the world.  She studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under professor Yao-Ji Lin, and at age 14 was awarded a scholarship to the Julliard School to study with Cho-Liang Lin.  A year later she was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied for 5 years with the legendary violinist Aaron Rosand, and graduated in the same class with such luminaries as Lang Lang and Hilary Hahn.

 

Mrs. Martin won 3rd prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, and was a laureate of the Indianapolis and Wieniawski International Violin Competitions.  She was a fellow at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival, and has held positions in the first violin sections of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Opera Company of Philadelphia, in addition to performing regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for over a decade.

 

 

 

ROBERT MARTIN – String Solo

 

Violinist Robert Martin began studies at age three with Rochelle Walton, a former teaching assistant to famed pedagogue Ivan Galamian. He later studied with Julian Meyer and Sylvia Davis Ahramjian at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians. At age 13, having won the Albert M. Greenfield Competition, Mr. Martin made his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He went on to study with Zvi Zeitlin at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music where he served as Concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia and performed regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Mr. Martin is an active duty non-commissioned officer in the United States Army where he has served as Concertmaster of the U.S. Army Orchestra, and performs for high level diplomatic, political, and military events in Washington, D.C. He serves concurrently as Concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Martin previously held the post of Principal 2nd Violin of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. His extensive experience includes performances Philly Pops, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Baltimore and Richmond Symphony Orchestras, as well as studio recordings for Warner Bros. Pictures, NFL Films, and the Sony, Atlantic, RCA, Island/Def Jam, Motown, Jive, Fo Yo Soul, and Geffen record labels.

 

 

Dr. JIHOON CHANG - Wind/Brass Solo

 

Clarinetist/Saxophonist/Flutist JIHOON CHANG retired from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, located in Washington, D.C., where he was frequently involved as a chamber musician, clinician, and soloist. In 2004, he performed a transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on their extensive 7-week national concert tour. And in 2008, he performed John Williams’ “The Tale of Viktor Navorski” from The Terminal, with the composer conducting in a gala 210th anniversary concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2016, he gave a world premiere performance of Eric P. Mandat’s “Parallel Histories” at the Capitol grounds and the Sylvan Theater by the Washington Monument. He has also premiered three works by Ka Young Rhee: Sanjo, Voyage, and In Silence, Movement at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

 

In 2010-2015, Doctor Chang was the Professor of Clarinet at Howard University, and in addition to the soprano clarinet, he has also performed and taught the bass clarinet, alto/tenor saxophones, and flute. He is currently Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

 

 

 

DR. SOPHIE HONG – Gospel Music Festival

 

Korean-American pianist Dr. Sophie Jiehea Hong is an accomplished and versatile soloist and chamber musician. Her performances have been heard to great acclaim at numerous venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Dr. Hong has had solo appearances with orchestras including the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgia All State Orchestra.

 

Dr. Hong has won prizes in numerous competitions including Margaret A. Guthman International Keyboard Competition, National Clara Wells Competition, Kawai Piano Competition, Atlanta Music Club Competition, and Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition. In addition, she is a recipient of the Korean Embassy Honorary Scholarship in Performing Arts, Choson Scholarship, Sejong Scholarship, and John H. Dorminey Jr. Piano Scholarship. 

 

In May 2014, Dr. Hong received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she worked with Benjamin Pasternack. In the course of her studies at Peabody, Dr. Hong had the privilege to work with many renowned musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Robert McDonald, Julian Martin, Dominique Weber, Alexander Shtarkman, Ellen Mack, and John Shirley-Quirk. Dr. Hong is currently a music director at Glen Mar United Methodist Church.