JUDGES' BIOGRAPHY

CLASSICAL

 

Pianist Jamila Tekalli has performed as a soloist and collaborative musician in concerts, festivals and competitions throughout the United States, Canada, and Central and South America with performances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center and New World Center. Her distinctions include Finalist of the Stravinsky International Piano Competition, Third Prize and Finalist of the Baldwin National Piano Competition, and Winner of the Steinway Indiana Collegiate Piano Competition and Indiana University Concerto Competition. Summer festivals and residencies have taken her to the Banff Centre, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Keyboard Institute at Mannes, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute with chamber music studies with Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish, Dawn Upshaw and with members of the Brentano String Quartet and Tokyo String Quartet.

 

As an avid chamber musician, Jamila has performed in concert with members of the National Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Orlando Philharmonic. Her chamber performances have taken her throughout Libya in 2010 with her brother and violinist Suliman Tekalli, serving as American Cultural Ambassadors promoting musical and cultural exchange through the U.S. Embassy. 

 

Jamila holds a D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Miami, a M.A. from University of Central Florida and a B.M. from Indiana University. She has studied with Evelyne Brancart, Arnaldo Cohen, Laurent Boukobza and Tian Ying.

 

Dr. Tekalli has served as Lecturer in Music at Barry University in Miami, Florida and led piano workshops and masterclasses at the University of South Florida, Encore Coda in Sweden, Maine and the Concurso Internacional de Música Clásica "Jóvenes Talentos" in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Dr. Tekalli is Director of Music at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and serves as piano faculty of private and group lessons at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC. Tekalli is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and Chamber Music of America.

 

 

Pianist Haewon Min was born in Seoul, Korea. She finished her Bachelor of Arts degree at Seoul National University. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with Dr. Thomas Mastroianni and Dr. Bela Nagy at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. While studying piano, she received many scholarships including the Korean Government Scholarship, John Paul Scholarship, and Marie F. Connor Scholarship. She has taught at the Catholic University of America and Averett College as an adjunct professor. She also has taught at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts for the last thirty years. She was invited as a guest performer at the Summer Festival sponsored by Amherst College in Portland, Oregon. She has been featured at the Millennium Stage and Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, Brazilian – American Cultural Institute, and the residence of the Brazilian Ambassador in Barbados. She taught at the Sungkyul University in Korea as an assistant professor. She served as a board member for the Washington Music Teachers’ Association and for the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association. She is a recipient for the Mayor’s Award sponsored by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities on March 23rd, 2009 and the Best Teacher of the year 2016 from the Steinway Company.

 

 

Violinist Yoon Young Bae enjoys a diverse career as a teacher, active chamber musician and
orchestra player. As a dedicated pedagogue, she teaches violin and viola at Peabody Preparatory
of Johns Hopkins University and Howard Community College. She also taught violin
performance and pedagogy in the master class at Vina del-Mar Conservatory in Chile and served
as a music faculty at Baltimore Music School and Maryland Talent Education Center.
Dr. Bae is currently a concertmaster in Washington Chamber Orchestra and plays with
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. She performed on stages in many places including New York,
Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Chicago, Canada, Chile, Germany, Holland and Korea.
This includes her appearances in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam
Concertgebouw, Vina-del-mar concert Hall, and Kumho Art Hall. Her performance with Yuri
Smirnov was broadcasted in Canada in 2003. She captured first prizes in Donga competition,
Korean Ensemble competition and silver medal in Chosun and Ewha competition during years in Korea. 
She received her Doctor of Musical Art and Masters of Music at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University under Victor Danchenko.  She also holds her Bachelor's in Music at the Seoul National University.

 

 

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, and at age 13, having won the Albert M. Greenfield Competition, 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, and serves as Concertmaster of the U.S. Army Orchestra, performing for high level diplomatic, political, and military events in Washington, D.C. He serves concurrently as Concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and previously held the post of Principal 2nd Violin of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. His extensive experience includes performances with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Orchestra 2001, 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.

 

 

Katherine Ravenwood is a passionate and active multi-instrumentalist, music administrator, educator and writer currently based in the Washington, D.C. area. As an accomplished musical theater, chamber and orchestral musician, she has appeared in performances across the country. She has served as the principal clarinetist with the Mantovani Orchestra, and has appeared as a soloist with groups such as the Maryland Chamber Orchestra and Great Noise Ensemble. She maintains an active private teaching studio throughout the year and regularly serves as an adjudicator and clinician for area competitions and school music programs.

 

  

Dr. Eunae Ko Han, Term Assistant Professor in Collaborative Piano at Mason, has previously served as an adjunct opera coach and collaborative pianist in vocal studies at George Mason University since 2014. As a new full-time artist faculty member in Collaborative Piano at Mason, Dr. Han focuses on performing and coaching for the vocal and instrumental areas. In addition, she organizes and coaches collaborative piano assignments within the Dewberry School of Music.

Dr. Han received her D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland at College Park (UMD), studying under Rita Sloan, who founded and directs the collaborative piano program at the Aspen Music Festival. Her doctoral dissertation was on innovations in French chamber music and melodie – through a collaborative pianist’s perspective – exploring the role of piano in accompaniment. Dr. Han also earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from UMD and her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from George Mason University. While studying at UMD, she held positions as the pianist for the University Symphony Orchestra, the accompanist for the Chamber Singers and the Maryland choir, and the pianist coach for the UM Opera Studio. Additionally, Dr. Han received the McCoy Award for Collaborative Pianist and First Place in the Ulrich Competition at UMD. She also received a rave review from the Washington Post for her performance of Mozart’s opera, The Impresario, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. As part of the “Songfest” in Malibu, California, under the tutelage of Martin Katz, she premiered pieces by distinguished composers including Jake Haggie and John Harbison.

Dr. Han has extensive experience as an accompanist and a chamber musician, performing in numerous concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Korea, China, and Japan. She frequently plays in the U.S. Air Force Chamber Music Series recitals and has traveled abroad to perform with choral, vocal and instrumental chamber groups in Mexico, Thailand, Cuba, Costa Rica, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.  She actively performs as a collaborative pianist for both vocal and instrumental recitals throughout the Greater Washington Metropolitan area, as well as in New York. In 2017, she founded the Kalos Trio (along with violinist Yoojin Baik and cellist Hyunji Choi) and organized the Benefits Concert for the Homeless at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as part of the Angel’s Concert Series at the Church of Holy City in Washington, DC, and performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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Dr. Eunae Ko Han, Term Assistant Professor in Collaborative Piano at Mason, has previously served as an adjunct opera coach and collaborative pianist in vocal studies at George Mason University since 2014. As a new full-time artist faculty member in Collaborative Piano at Mason, Dr. Han focuses on performing and coaching for the vocal and instrumental areas. In addition, she organizes and coaches collaborative piano assignments within the Dewberry School of Music.

Dr. Han received her D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland at College Park (UMD), studying under Rita Sloan, who founded and directs the collaborative piano program at the Aspen Music Festival. Her doctoral dissertation was on innovations in French chamber music and melodie – through a collaborative pianist’s perspective – exploring the role of piano in accompaniment. Dr. Han also earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from UMD and her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from George Mason University. While studying at UMD, she held positions as the pianist for the University Symphony Orchestra, the accompanist for the Chamber Singers and the Maryland choir, and the pianist coach for the UM Opera Studio. Additionally, Dr. Han received the McCoy Award for Collaborative Pianist and First Place in the Ulrich Competition at UMD. She also received a rave review from the Washington Post for her performance of Mozart’s opera, The Impresario, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. As part of the “Songfest” in Malibu, California, under the tutelage of Martin Katz, she premiered pieces by distinguished composers including Jake Haggie and John Harbison.

Dr. Han has extensive experience as an accompanist and a chamber musician, performing in numerous concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Korea, China, and Japan. She frequently plays in the U.S. Air Force Chamber Music Series recitals and has traveled abroad to perform with choral, vocal and instrumental chamber groups in Mexico, Thailand, Cuba, Costa Rica, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.  She actively performs as a collaborative pianist for both vocal and instrumental recitals throughout the Greater Washington Metropolitan area, as well as in New York. In 2017, she founded the Kalos Trio (along with violinist Yoojin Baik and cellist Hyunji Choi) and organized the Benefits Concert for the Homeless at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as part of the Angel’s Concert Series at the Church of Holy City in Washington, DC, and performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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