CSUB Music and Theatre Department to Host Violin Master Class

The California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) Music & Theatre Department will present a violin master class on Friday, October 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Music Building, Room 127. The concert will feature violinist, Kowoon Yang, a prizewinner of the Max Rostal, Lipizer, Paganini and Tibor Varga International Violin Competitions. Yang was born in Seoul, Korea, and is one of the country’s leading violinists and received the Unpa Music Award for her contributions to their music community.

Yang has been presented as a soloist in Korea, Japan, Moscow, Ukraine, England, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czeck Republic, and China with major orchestras including Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Central Orchestra, Shang-hi Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, L’viv Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Yang was also invited as a soloist from Bregenz Festival in 2002, and also invited to play solo recital in Hotkkaido, Japan in “Culture Day” in 2005. She was invited from “Korea Orchestra Festival” in 1996 and 2002 to play with KBS Symphony and Suwon Philharmonic, and with her performance of Carl Nielsen’s Violin Concerto with KBS Symphony Orchestra, she received a review of “the perfect performance with full of passion for the music” by KBS FM Radio Broadcast. Yang recorded her solo album, Ysaye Violin Sonatas under Sony Music Korea. Other CDs include solo album under NICES label in 1994, and CD series under the title of “Korean Musicians” in 1992 and 2001.

Yang studied at the Seoul High School of Music & Art and Seoul National University, and received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. She is now playing concerts around the world, as well as teaching at Kyunghee University in Korea..

During the evening, Yang will perform classical music during the violin master class. She will also perform alongside four Bakersfield violin students from Bakersfield high schools who have been selected to receive a 30-minute instruction session with the CSUB visiting scholar. This is available for professors and students to view, free of charge. Daily parking permits can be purchased at kiosks on campus near the parking lots for the event. For more information, please contact Dr. Soo-Yeon Park at spark18@csub.edu.

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