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Our Visiting Artists
Yeou-Cheng Ma, Violin
Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma has performed in chamber music concerts with faculty and friends of the Children's Orchestra all around the world. A graduate of Radcliffe & Harvard Medical School, she works with children with developmental disorders in the Bronx at the Kennedy Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and teaches violin, viola and chamber music with the Children's Orchestra Society, and lectures internationally on music and healing.
Margaret Keys, Soprano
Margaret Keys has performed with some of the world’s leading orchestras and performers. She performed to an audience of 35,000 in a special BBC Proms concert, and performed for Pope Francis at a concert that was broadcast worldwide to an audience of 1.5 million, also featured Andrea Bocellie and Aretha Franklin. She has also performed on several TV broadcasts. Margaret’s high-profile performances have made a great impact on the world of classical music.
Filip Pogady, violin
Mariko Senju, Violin
Mariko Senju started to play violin at the age of 2 years; at the age of 15, Mariko was the youngest ever to win the first prize at the 46th Japan Music Competition (1977) and received the Leucadia award. The year 2015 marks her 40 years anniversary since her debut.
Johan de Meij, Conductor/Composer
His award-winning oeuvre of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and film score arrangements has garnered him international acclaim and have become permanent fixtures in the repertoire of renowned ensembles throughout the world. His Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings was awarded the prestigious Sudler Composition Prize and has been recorded by myriad ensembles including The London Symphony Orchestra, The North Netherlands Orchestra, The Nagoya Philharmonic and more.
Yoonhak Baek, Conductor
Yoonhak Baek, professor at Yeungnam University and Music Director for ConcertOPERA, Philadelphia (COPA), is busy as a conductor in both the fields of orchestra and opera.
Duo Amal, Piano Duo
Yaron Kohlberg & Bishara Haoni International Peace Day Concert 2013 Protégés of Maestro Zubin Mehta, the international concert pianists Bishara Haroni and Yaron Kohlberg joined forces in 2011, forming the Israeli-Palestinian Piano Duo Amal.A collaboration which started in a concert for peace in the Opera House in Oslo has led to a permanent partnership which is becoming a highlight in the world's classical music scene.
Ohad Bar-David, Cello
Second Annual International Peace Day Concert 2014 Udi Bar-David is widely considered as one of the most versatile cellists in the world today. Equally at home as a classical cellist and an innovative improviser of music of all genres, Udi has enjoyed performing on International stages with both classical and ethnic musicians from all over the world.
Michael Dadap, Conductor
Mr. Dadap has been the artistic/music director and conductor of The Children's Orchestra Society since 1984. Greatly influenced by church, jazz, big bands, and folk music, he pursued music studies at Mannes College of Music and The Juilliard School. In collaboration with the COS faculty and staff, Mr. Dadap has initiated and developed teaching and orchestral training programs, including solfège and ear-training for the young, chamber music for all levels, and an emphasis on reading music.
Alchemist, Voice & Piano Duo
Kenta Ijiri and Shotaro Koya is a unique pair who has been actively performing over 300 stages a year. Known with their CM song for SEKISUI HOUSE and an ability to come up with a new music within several seconds with the suggested themes from the audience. They have a new project now working with many elementary students and schools for a motivational fun song campaign.
Daniel Oh, Baritone
A rising baritone in operatic scene, especially in Asia and Europe, Daniel Oh established his career in the field of Italian operas. Daniel was the resident artist of Korean National Opera from 2006 to 2007, where he performed the roles of Amonasro in Aïda, Marcello in La bohème, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana , Jochanan in Salome, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, among others. He performed at the National Theater of Ostrava in Czech Republic as a guest soloist from 2004-2005.
Cara Latham, Soprano
Cara is noted for her wealth of artistry and musicianship, and her direct and powerful communication with an audience. Drawing from an extensive professional music theatre background she has received critical praise for her many roles at regional and state theater. She performs regularly with Philadelphia’s Art Song Repertory Theater Company, and has also sung as a soloist with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. She's taught voice and musical theater with her doctorate in Voice from Temple U.
Misoon Ghim, Mezzo Soprano
Misoon Ghim has performed with New York City Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Internation Opera Festival. In 2013, she made her New York Weill Recital debut accompanied by Amy Yang. Ms Ghim's all-Baroque debut album was released in South Korea by Universal Music Group Korea in 2012. She has worked with some of the world's leading conductors, including Christoph Eschenbach and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Currently, she is a Choral Director at B.V.M. Visitation School in Kensington.
Moses Yungbae, Tenor
Yungbae Yang has a long successful career in performing opera, a graduate of Academy of Vocal Arts after completing studies in Voice at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. Yungbae has performed at many leading Opera House in the US and abroad, Dallas Opera, Opera House of North Carolina, The Korean National Opera, Singapore Lyric Opera and more; in Philadelphia, with the ConcertOpera Philadelphia in 2014 season and most recently appeared at Opera San Jose.
Eunmi Shin, Soprano
A beautiful lyric coloratura soprano, Eunmi Shin is a native of Seoul, Korea. She currently studies voice with Bill Schuman in New York and has worked with coaches including Danielle Orlando, Richard Raub and David Lofton in Philadelphia. Her operatic roles include Liu in ‘Turandot’, Donna Elvira in ‘Don Giovanni’, Pamina in ‘Die Zauber Flöte’, Gilda in ‘Rigoletto’, Mimi in ‘La Bohème’, and title role of ‘Choonhyang-Jun’ Korean Opera. She has performed widely as a soprano soloist in orator
Hafez Kotain, Percussion
Second Annual International Peace Day Concert 2014 Hafez Kotain is the percussion director at Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. He is an accomplished master percussionist with fluency in both Arab and Latin rhythms. He is a recipient of the prestigious 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, which is awarded each year to 12 Philadelphia artists who are of exemplary talent.
Hanna Khoury, Violin
Second Annual International Peace Day Concert 2014 Hanna Khoury is a violinist trained in the classical traditions of Arab and Western music. Khoury is director of the music program at Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a position he held since 2010. He is a recipient of the prestigious 2010 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, which is awarded each year to 12 Philadelphia artists who are of exemplary talent.
Jiebing Chen, Erhu
Second Annual International Peace Day Concert 2014 Jiebing Chen has been hailed as one of the foremost erhu virtuosos in the world. Her world-renowned is based on her mastery of the classical Chinese repertory for the erhu and for her award-winning contemporary innovations using the two-stringed instrument.
Daniel Maimone, Tenor
Second Annual International Peace Day Concert 2014 Daniel Maimone is a graduate of the Master’s Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he studied under the George Dieterle Scholarship. While at CCM, Mr. Maimone has performed the roles of Alred in Die Fledermaus, Mr. Owen in Postcard from Morocco, Peter Doyle in Miss Lonelyhearts, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Chavalier Danceny in The Dangerous Liaisons, and Dema in L’Egisto.
Christina Lamberti, Soprano
Second Annual International Peace Day Concert 2014 Internationally active lirico-spinto soprano, Christina Lamberti, has been hailed for her protean vocal presence, which ranges from "a full-throated performance, riveting in sound and fury" to "such delicate nuances that only the greatest masters can portray".
Tamura Asako, Soprano
Japan Relief Concert in New York, 2011
Sean Kennard, Piano
Sean Kennard, a Harmony For Peace Messenger, was the first prize winner of the 2007 Dr. Luis Sigall International Music Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile, and has also won top prizes in the Vendome International Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, American Pianists Association, Sendai International Music Competition, National Chopin Competition, and Iowa Piano Competition.
Yuko Izuhara, Piano
Tian Hui Ng, Conductor
Akiko Sasaki, Piano & Koto
Japan Relief Concert in New York
Paul Shaw, Piano
Jamaican pianist Paul Shaw is a multi-awarded virtuoso who has been acclaimed by audiences and critics like in Asia, Europe and the Americas. A child prodigy and top prize-winner in the 1988 William Kapell International Piano Competition and the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Shaw has performed at prestigious concert halls including Lincoln Center in New York; the Kennedy Center and the Hall of the Americas in Washington, D.C.; and Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany.
Hacène Larbi, Conductor/Composer
With three degrees in music awarded by the Ministere de la Culture under his belt, Larbi further solidified his mastery of composition and orchestral conducting by winning the CNFPT and the Ville de Paris competitions. He is the director of the Nationale Conservatoire, and currently runs the conservatory of the 19th arrondissement in Paris.
Sergei Markarov, Piano
As the first Russian musician to receive the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2002, classical pianist Sergei Markarov is one of the most renowned advocates of the performance stage as an instrument of world friendship.
Yunhong Zhao, Soprano
Christopher Ravenscroft, Actor
Poetry’s force is best conveyed by the spoken word. Today, acclaimed actor Christopher Ravenscroft may be one of the art form’s greatest voices. Trained at Bristol’s Old Vic School, Christopher has played some of the world’s best known theatrical roles.
Philip Zawisza, Tenor
Born in Michigan, Philip Zawisza completed his Master's Degree in 1989 at Indiana University with Nicola Rossi-Lemeni. Philip has sung with Ivor Bolton, Patrick Fourniller, Doug Boyd, Howard Arman, Kevin Rhodes, Dorian Wilson, Mark Russel Smith and Kathy Romey. He has sung diverse repertoire from Bach to Bernstein with the Radio-Symphony Orchestras of Nuremburg, Frankfurt, Koblenz, Mannheim, Munich, Salzburg, Frankfurt, Madrid and Vienna.
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