A native of
Busan, South Korea, violinist So Young Bae is an
active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player
both in the United States and South Korea.
has received numerous awards from competitions including first prize
in the Busan Music Association Competition, second prize in the Korea-America National
Competition, Gold medal in the Se-Jong University Competition, second
prize in the Taegu Broadcasting Competition, and second prize in Nanpa Music
Competition. She is also the recipient of various scholarships, including
the Joseph Fuchs Scholarship, Knafel Askin Violin
Scholarship and Samuel Gardner Grant.
As an active soloist, Bae
recently won the Stony Brook Concerto Competition, and will be performing
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in the 2012/13 season. Bae is an active chamber
music musician, and has collaborated with artists such as members of the
Emerson Quartet, Colin Carr and Tina Dahl.
orchestral player, Bae has recently joined Chicago Symphony Orchestra appointed
by Music Director Riccardo Muti in July 2012. In the past, she has performed
with the New York City Ballet
for its 2012 winter season and with New World Symphony Orchestra. She has also
toured Europe with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of James DePriest in
2005 and China under Xian Zhang in 2008.
participated in many festivals over the years including the Aspen Music
Festival (2008) and Music Academy of the West (2006), where she was a fellowship
recipient. She has also attended Kneisal Hall (2007), Sarasota Music Festival
(2006, 2007) and the 2007 Juilliard ChamberFest. In the summers of 2009, 2010
and 2011, Bae was invited to participate in the orchestra of the Verbier Music
Bae began her
studies of the violin at the age of 7. At
age 18, she was honored with the rare
distinction of early admission at the Seoul National University. She obtained
both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School, where she was a
student of Stephen Clapp and Sylvia Rosenberg. She is currently pursuing her
Doctoral degree as a full-scholarship student and violin teaching assistant at
Stony Brook University studying
Kim and Philip Setzer.