Sunday, February 17, 2019

Zenith Quartet | 2nd Prize | Chamber Music | 5th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

Zenith Quartet 
Audrey Park, Violin
Sanghyun Kim, Violin
Kevin Cho, Viola
Sedong Hwang, Cello

The Zenith String Quartet, coached by Dennis Kim and Joon Sung Jun, is comprised of Audrey Park (violin), Sanghyun Kim (violin), Sedong Hwang (cello), and Kevin Cho (viola).
"Zenith" - the time at which something is most powerful or successful - captures the boldness and brilliance portrayed in these four young artists. Zenith was formed in September of 2018, when all four students met up together in the Junior Chamber Music Program. They were selected as Debut Artists this year.

About the members:
Audrey Park (16) is a junior that currently attends West Ranch High School. As a concertmaster for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, she had the honor of performing in Cremona, Montecatini and in Rome during the group’s Italy Summer Tour. She was selected to join Junior Chamber Music’s Honors tour to Prague, Vienna and Budapest as a Debut Artist.
Audrey was the winner of the Santa Clarita Concerto Competition, San Fernando Valley Concerto Competition, Gail Newby Concerto Competition, and Parness Concerto Competition. She won the WGStill Art Center’s Young Artists Competition and received scholarship. In addition she was the first place winner of the Great Composers International Music Competition. Her other accomplishments include placing in VOCE, ASTA, Classics Alive, and being recognized in the National YoungArts Competition. Audrey has also attended Montecito International Music Festival for two years with scholarship and was invited to participate in Glenn Dicterow’s and Cho-Liang Lin’s masterclass. With scholarship, she attended Bravo International Music Festival and played in Jan Sloman’s masterclass. Audrey performed with guest artists Gil Shaham, Adele Anthony, Cho-Liang Lin, and Kyoko Takezawa at the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest.

Sanghyun Kim (16) started playing violin in 1st grade. He is currently a junior and the concertmaster of Symphonic Orchestra at Portola High School in Irvine. He has been a member of California All-State Honors Orchestra, SCSBOA All-Southern California Honors Orchestra, Irvine Honors Symphonic Orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has also won first place in SYMF competition.

Kevin Cho (17) has played the viola for eight years and now studies with Dr. Nicholaus Yee; now a senior at University High School, he has performed in many orchestras, such as the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, IUSD Honors Orchestra, and the All-State Honor Ensembles.
Sedong Hwang (17) is a junior at University High School. He has studied cello for 12 years. He continuously works on his repertoire with his teacher Joon Sung Jun and he has studied with Stan Sharp and Robert deMaine. Sedong's passionate pursuit of perfecting his performance has earned him the title of winner of ASTA LA Finals, winner of SYMF Young Cellist, and winner of VOCE Chamber Competition, a member of All State California High School Orchestra.
He attended Montecito International Music Festival for three years. Also with JCM, he has had the opportunity to Honor Tour at Carnegie Hall in New York, Boston, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Most recently, he has performed with the Orchestra Collective of Orange County as the winner of the JCM Concerto Competition and has been co-principal of PSYO orchestra for two seasons. Sedong had the privilege of participating in master classes with Lynn Harrell, Robert deMaine, and Daniel Rothmuller. He has also performed with John Walz, Dennis Karmazyn, and Susan Boettger.

String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 Mov. 2, Shostakovich, 2:52

String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 Mov. 3, Shostakovich, 4:16

String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80 Mov. , Mendelssohn, 7:53