Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hanbin Koo | 2nd Prize | 2017 ENKOR Int'l Woodwinds & Brass Competition

Hanbin Koo - Flute, 16 yrs
Score: 93.19

Hanbin Koo, age 16, resides in Fremont, NC, and attends Charles B. Aycock High School as a 11th grader. She started playing the flute by joining the school band when she was 12 years old. When she was 13, she started taking private lessons. Four months later on February 8, 2014, there was an article called ""Young and Talented"" about her music on the Fayetteville Observer. “Hanbin is a child prodigy. You will see a very young musician with musical maturity that defies her age.” Hanbin was invited to perform and interview ""LIVE"" on the WNCN My Carolina Today TV show on NBC 17 in February 28, 2014. She won 1st place in the state and division level (9 states) of the Music Teachers National Association competition and was one of seven national finalists in March (2014) for the Junior Woodwinds competition in Chicago, IL. In May of 2014, she won 2nd place for the Tar River Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition. She is the overall winner for the 2014 (playing flute) and 2015 (playing piano) Kiwanis Talent Competition. Hanbin was a finalist for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra in 2015. In March 2015, Hanbin traveled to Las Vegas, NV, to compete in the MTNA Woodwinds competition and was honored to win 1st place in the national level. Hanbin also appeared in the Fayetteville Observer in May 2015 with articles titled ""Sweet Music"". She was invited to play at Fayetteville's city council meeting and received the Certificate of Excellence from the mayor.

In February 2016, Hanbin was a national finalist of the Charleston Symphony National Young Artists Concerto competition. She won 1st place in the Flute View National High School Soloist competition in April. She was interviewed and featured as the covergirl for the national magazine. The following June, she won the 1st place and the Grand Prize of the Cameron Museum Young Artist competition. Most recently, she is the 1st place winner of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra Concerto competition in the junior division. She currently studies with Dr. Christine Gustafson, flute professor at ECU.

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, Mozart, 7 min. 28 sec.
Flute Sonata in C Major (3rd movement), Taktakishvili, 5 min. 37 sec.