Bios: Concert III

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Lun Jiang, violin

Violinist Lun Jiang is a native of Beijing, China, and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. He has appeared in concerts with Ruth Laredo, Glenn Dicterow, Ian Swenson and members of the Cleveland, Brentano, Pacifica and Ying String Quartets, to name a few. Lun has recorded for Eroica Classical Records and Newport Classical Records, including the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens and a solo album with twin brother Quan. Lun was a founding member of the Equinox String Quartet and Gotham Quartet, which was a 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/Fort Worth, Indiana and North Carolina, among others. Lun has regularly appeared in music festivals, such as Manchester, Great Lake, Round Top and Martha’s Vineyard music festivals.

Lun is a graduate of the Rice University and Manhattan School of Music, he has studied with Stanley Bednar, Sergiu Luca and Raphael Fliegel. Lun has also worked with Isaac Stern, Isidore Cohen, Joseph Silverstein, William Preucil and Alexander Kerr. Lun is currently a member of the Utah Symphony. He plays on a Tommaso Balestrieri violin, Mantua, ca.1750 and a Dominique Peccatte bow, Paris, ca.1830.

 

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Lynnette Stewart, violin

Lynnette has been a member of the Utah Symphony since 1969.  Born in Utah, she began her studies at the age of nine with Melba Lindsay Burton.  During her school years she was a student of Harold Wolf, and Oscar Chaussow, past concertmasters of the Utah Symphony. She attended the Sun Valley Music Institute directed by members of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Lynnette was a solo performer on the annual Salute to Youth program with the Utah Symphony and performed as soloist with various community orchestras as well.

Following a year of musical studies at Brigham Young University with Percy Kalt, she was invited to audition for the Utah Symphony and subsequently joined the orchestra that year.

Lynnette was a member of the Abramyan String Quartet for 10 years, working with fellow Utah Symphony colleagues, Gerald Elias, Scott Lewis, and John Eckstein.  The Abramyan Quartet performed regionally performing for underserved students as well as series performances in the state of Utah.  This quartet appeared in Japan on several occasions in venues throughout Tokyo.

Ms. Stewart has performed with several chamber groups including Nova, Intermezzo, Utah Virtuosi, and Colors of the Baroque.  She also performed with Grand Teton Music Festival for several years.  Lynnette participated as a teaching fellow in the Heifetz International Music Institute, then in Wolfboro, New Hampshire.

Lynnette is a member of the University of Utah Faculty of Music as Adjunct Associate Professor of Violin which position she held since 2004.

She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Bruce, and enjoys spending time with her three children and ten grandchildren.

 

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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.