Click each member to read their bio:
Yoon Chung, piano
Mari-Liis Pakk, violin
Jason Calloway, cello
Yoon Chung, piano
Pianist Yoon Chung has performed in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, Japan, Korea and the US. In the UK, he has appeared at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, St. John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall, and Waterfront Hall. His performances have been broadcast in France, Japan, Korea and the US. Born in Seoul, South Korea,
Mr. Chung spent his formative years in London as a scholar at Purcell School of Music studying with the late Madame Maria Curcio and Mark Swartzentruber and holds degrees from University of Bristol and Royal Northern College of Music. He was selected to attend Villecroze Academie, IMS Prussia Cove, and the Van Cliburn Institute and has participated in masterclasses with Stephen Kovacevich, Stephen Hough, Ferenc Rados, Arnaldo Cohen, Jean-François Heisser, Yo-Yo Ma/Kathryn Stott, Dina Joffe, Renna Kellaway, and the late György Sebok. Mr. Chung was a major prizewinner at the 2000 Dudley International Piano Competition and was a finalist at the 2002 Young Concert Artist Trust Auditions in London and the 2005 CMI Chamber Music Competition in the US. In 2002, He graduated from Royal Northern College of Music where he was awarded numerous prizes including the Sir Charles Halle Scholarship, the Sir John Barbirolli Prize, the Norman George Duo Prize, and the Clifton Helliwell Prize for the highest distinction in Postgraduate Diploma and Professional Performance Diploma (PPRNCM) work. His studies at RNCM were supported by the Royal Schools of Music Postgraduate Scholarship, Else and Leonard Cross Memorial Scholarship and the MBF. The following year, Mr. Chung was chosen as a Joel Estes Tate Scholar and Meadows Artistic Scholar to study with Joaquín Achúcarro at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. During his time in the US, Mr. Chung won the Von Mickwitz Prize and was subsequently featured in the Meadows Rising Stars Series. In 2005, he made his debut in a televised concert at the Myerson Symphony Center. He also performed at Steinway Hall, Meadows Museum and Dallas Museum of Art. In addition, he was a vocal coach and collaborative pianist at the University of Texas (UTA) and Southern Methodist University as well as the Amalfi Coast Opera Festival in Italy. Before his return to London, Mr. Chung pursued further private studies with Maestro Ferenc Rados in Budapest.
Mari-Liis Pakk, violin
Estonian violinist Mari-Liis Pakk has appeared around the world as soloist and chamber musician. A laureate of numerous international competitions, she has been heard in concert in Austria, Finland, and Germany as well as throughout the Baltic states and the U.S. Ms. Pakk has performed as soloist with orchestras across her native Estonia as well as with the Meadows Symphony in Dallas and, as winner of the European String Teachers Association competition, gave a solo recital at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris. She has as well given concerts throughout the Netherlands as a two-time recipient of a full scholarship to the International Holland Music Sessions and has appeared at festivals including the Salzburg Mozarteum and Burg Feistritz.
A graduate of Tallinn Music High School, Ms. Pakk holds graduate degrees from both Southern Methodist University and Temple University, where her primary teacher was Eduard Schmieder. She is a core member of the iPalpiti Orchestra of International Laureates, under Schmieder’s direction, in which capacity she has appeared at the first International Chamber Music Festival of Eilat, Israel and in Jerusalem with violinist Ida Haendel and at Carnegie and Disney Halls, as well as in chamber music live on KMZT (Los Angeles) radio. Ms. Pakk has played chamber music with artists including Luis Biava, Andres Diaz, Nathaniel Rosen, and Jeffrey Solow.
Among her many artistic endeavors, Ms. Pakk is committed to the dissemination of the wide variety of little-known repertoire of her native Estonia as well as to the enlargement of the contemporary literature for violin/viola and cello duo alongside her husband, cellist Jason Calloway. Among her recent performances may be counted recitals of contemporary music at the Summer Solstice Festival of Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Arts; Princeton University; tours of Estonia and Serbia with Trio Andante; and a program of violin and cello duos, featuring a newly commissioned work by Yehuda Yannay, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Ms. Pakk is as well a committed teacher of violin and chamber music, having given masterclasses at numerous institutions and maintained a private studio at the Leopold Mozart Academy until 2010. She is a native of Tartu, Estonia.
Jason Calloway, cello
Cellist Jason Calloway has performed to acclaim throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East as soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared at festivals including Lucerne, Spoleto USA, Darmstadt, Klangspuren (Austria), Acanthes (France), Perpignan, Valencia, Citta' della Pieve (Italy), Jerash (Jordan), Casals (Puerto Rico), Blossom, Brevard, Great Lakes, Kingston, Rockport, Sedona, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, the New York String Seminar, and Encore. Mr. Calloway is currently cellist of the Amernet String Quartet, Artists-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami, and was previously a member of the Naumburg award-winning Biava Quartet, formerly in residence at the Juilliard School. He has collaborated in chamber music with members of the Cleveland, Curtis, Juilliard, and Miami quartets and with principal players of most of the world's leading orchestras, as well as with artists including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Roberto Diaz, Gary Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Kim Kashkashian, Ricardo Morales, and the Penderecki and Tokyo quartets. Mr. Calloway gave his Carnegie Hall recital debut under the auspices of Artists International and has also been heard in New York at Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the 92nd Street Y, and the Polish Consulate; in Los Angeles at Disney Hall, the Bing Theatre, the Skirball Center and Pepperdine University; in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center and at Strathmore; in Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, the Ethical Society, and the Kimmel Center; and live on NPR, WFMT (Chicago), KMZT (Los Angeles), WQXR (NYC), WFLN (Philadelphia), and on RAI television (Italy).
A devoted advocate of new music, Mr. Calloway has performed with leading ensembles around the world as well as alongside members of Ensemble Modern and the Arditti and JACK quartets, and with the New Juilliard Ensemble both in New York and abroad, in addition to frequent appearances in Philadelphia with Bowerbird, Soundfield, and Network for New Music. Among the hundreds of premieres he has presented are solo and ensemble works of Berio, Knussen, Lachenmann, and Pintscher, and he has collaborated intensively with some of today's most important composers including Birtwistle, Carter, Davidovsky, Dusapin, Henze, Hosokawa, Husa, Franke, Rihm, and Yannay. As a dedicated supporter of young composers, he has for several seasons presented a series of concerts of solo cello works newly composed for him, most recently at Harvard and Temple universities, and at Spoleto USA gave the public premiere of Yanov-Yanovsky's Hearing Solutions for cello and ensemble, in addition to recent appearances at Bowdoin College, the College of Charleston, Princeton University, and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
Mr. Calloway prizes his work with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble InterContemporain, both at the Lucerne Festival and at the Zug (Switzerland) Kunsthaus in Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Serenade as part of a major Kandinsky/Gerstl exhibit, in addition to his collaborations with the violinist Gilles Apap and with tap dancer Savion Glover. He is also artistic director of Shir Ami (www.shiramimusic.com), an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performance of Jewish art music suppressed by the Nazis and Soviets, and with which he appears frequently across the US and in the ensemble's varied performances in Austria and Hungary; and In Flux, an ensemble committed to performing vocal chamber music by the leading composers of today and the recent past. A native of Philadelphia, Jason Calloway is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Southern California. His teachers have included Ronald Leonard, Orlando Cole, Rohan de Saram, Lynn Harrell, Fred Sherry, Robert Cafaro, Joel Sachs, Felix Galimir, Luis Biava, and Seymour Lipkin. Mr. Calloway is grateful for the assistance of the Maestro Foundation.