Bios: Concert I

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Karlyn Bond, Piano

Karlyn Bond caught the attention of Salt Lake City audiences when she gave her first solo recital at the Holladay Library at age eleven and first appeared with the Utah Symphony a few months later at age twelve. Since then her performing career has involved several concerto appearances and numerous solo, chamber, and lecture recitals around the country.

In 1989, Karlyn received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Walla Walla College where she studied with Leonard Richter. As a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship recipient she earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Southern California where she studied with John Perry and completed areas of concentration in piano performance, music history and literature, instrumental collaboration, and analysis of tonal music.

After graduating from USC in 1994, Dr. Bond moved back to Salt Lake City. She began teaching at Westminster College the next year where she now holds a full-time faculty position as Chair of the Music Department, member of the honors faculty, and Director of the Westminster Concert Series. She teaches a variety of music and interdisciplinary courses.

Since its debut in 2002, Karlyn has been a board member of the critically acclaimed Intermezzo Chamber Music Series in Salt Lake, a summer series in which she regularly performs. She is a member of the Salt Lake-based piano quartet, Quattro Amici, with Utah Symphony Orchestra members Lun Jiang, Roberta Zalkind and Pegsoon Whang.

Literature is one of Karlyn’s passions outside music, and she brought a musical perspective to one of her favorite writers in the independent release of her CD, Piano Classics from the World of Jane Austen in 1996. She also recorded a CD with Utah Symphony principal trombonist, Larry Zalkind, in 2002.

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Joseph Evans

Violinist Joseph Evans has been a member of the Utah Symphony since 1996. Prior to joining the Utah Symphony, he was a member of the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. His main teachers were Miriam Schneider, Mikhail Boguslavsky, and Arianna Bronne. Joseph has played in several music festivals, including Tanglewood, Sarasota, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He has been a frequent performer with the Nova chamber music series and the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble

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Lun Jiang, violin

Violinist Lun Jiang is a native of Beijing, China, and grew up in Westchester, New York. He has appeared in concerts with Paul Katz, Ruth Laredo, Glenn Dicterow, Ian Swenson and members of the Brentano, Pacifica and Ying String Quartets. Most recently, he performed at Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Lun has recorded the complete string quartets of Camille Saint-Saens for Eroica Classical Records. A new album was recently released featuring Lun and his twin brother Quan playing music of Ysaye, Rosza and Paganini. Lun was a founding member of the Equinox String Quartet and Gotham Quartet, which was a graduate quartet in residence at Rice University from 1999-2001.

The Gotham Quartet was a winner of Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and has appeared in New York, Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Dallas-Fortworth, Indiana and North Carolina. Lun is a graduate of the Rice University and Manhattan School of Music, he has worked with Stanley Bednar, Isidore Cohen, Sergiu Luca and Raphael Fliegel. He has coached chamber music with Isaac Stern, Joseph Silverstein, Miriam Fried and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Tokyo String Quartets. Lun is currently a member of the Utah Symphony. He plays on a Januarius Gagliano violin made in 1780, Naples.

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Carl Johansen, viola

Carl Johansen holds a Master’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music in violin performance where he studied both violin and viola. He was formerly a member of the Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic. In 1988 he won the John and Arthur Beare prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, held on the Isle of Man. Carl enjoys paragliding, skiing, chess, and South American cuisine. Carl Johannsen joined the Utah Symphony viola section in 2005

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Whittney Thomas, viola

First prize winner in the 2006 Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, and second placesenior laureate of the 2007 Sphinx Competition, violist, Whittney Thomas just completed a two-year fellowship in Japan playing with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra.

Her past summers have included participating in the Schleswig Holstein Orchestral Academy asthe principal viola, where she toured Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and Turkey; as well as the Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, and many more.

As an avid chamber musician, Whittney collaborated closely with Midori Goto for three years,playing and performing extensively throughout the United States. She has also performed with several wellknown artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Arnold Steinhardt, Isabelle van Keulen, ChoLiang

Lin, and Kathleen Winkler. Ms. Thomas has performed in masterclasses given by Richard O’Neill, Kim Kashkashian, Andrés Díaz, the Takacs Quartet, members of the Cleveland Quartet and the American String Quartet.

Born in San Diego, California, Whittney began her studies on the violin at age 8 and discovered her love for the viola nine years later. In 2009, she earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree at the University of Southern California under the guidance of Donald McInnes and studied with Martha Strongin Katz at the New England Conservatory. Ms. Thomas plays on a 2003 Zanetto model by Mario Miralles made on loan to her through the Maestro Foundation. When she is not practicing, she enjoys cooking and baking and would like to extend her interests to many of the Salt Lake pastimes like hiking and skiing.

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Pegsoon Whang, cello

Pegsoon Whang, cello, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Mannes College, where she graduated as “Most Outstanding Graduating Student.” She has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Lawton Philharmonic, and the North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, she concertized in France, Italy, Germany, and the US. She is a member of Quattro Amici and the Snake River Chamber Players in Colorado. Festival appearances have included the Grand Teton Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival, where she was appointed principal cello.