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Petit Concert Series 2016: Starry Duo

The Petit Concert Series 2016 is set to delight D.C.’s diplomatic and government communities again this fall with a performance featuring the exquisite harmony of Starry Duo on Wednesday, October 5.

Starry Duo’s two star musicians—violinist Jin Lee Youn and violist Dahm Huh, both natives of Korean and trained in the United States—formed their group in 2012. They have captivated audiences with performances in New York and Korea, including at Lincoln Center, Seoul Arts Center, and other prestigious venues, and released their album Hymns and Passacaglia in 2015. In contrast to many trios and quartets, a true violin and viola duo is a rare treat for classical music fans. Starry Duo introduces music for violin and viola that expands the classical music experience through the beauty of this profound harmony, while also exploring the story behind their performance pieces and their composers. 

Youn and Huh will perform a program of Korean and Western works, including Mozart’s Duo for Violin and Viola, Spring in My Homeland (고향의 봄) by Nanpa Hong  (1897-1841), Passacaglia by Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935), and Nearer, my God, to Thee (내 주를 가까이 하게함은) by  Lowell Mason (1792-1872). 

The Petit Concert Series, held several times each year, spotlights exceptional talent among an expanding field of Korean and Korean American musicians, from classical and opera to jazz and traditional. Participation is by invitation only, but press are welcome to inquire about special coverage. The program also advances Korea’s special brand of cultural diplomacy, combining culinary and performing arts in an intimate embassy setting. 

WHAT: 30-minute petit concert and networking lunch reception 
WHO: Violinist Jin Lee Youn and violist Dahm Huh
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW) 
HOW: By invitation only (press inquiries welcome)
CONTACT: Minjoo Kim, m_kyra@koreaembassy.org, (202) 587-6153

About the Performers and Program

Jin Lee Youn took up the violin at age four. She graduated from Yewon Arts School and Seoul Arts High School before moving to New York, where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance at The Juilliard School. As a scholarships recipient, she studied with David Chan, Lewis Kaplan, Sally Thomas, and Nick Eanet. She later completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance at Stony Brook University. She has been awarded in various competitions since she began competition 1993; most recently, she won at the New York Artists International Competition in 2015. Ms. Youn is active in both solo and chamber music in both Korea and the United States. In addition to Starry Duo, she is a member of the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra and the Canadian Sinfonietta in Toronto, Canada.

Dahm Huh has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Korea, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Austria, and Spain. She has received numerous prizes and awards, including from the New York International Artists Competition, Alexander & Buono International String Competition, and American International Strings Competition, and has performed with orchestras including the Czech Republic Sofia State Symphony, the Duxbury Festival Orchestra in Massachusetts, and the La Fuse Players in Korea. She served as the principal violist for the Union City Orchestra, Boston University Chamber Orchestra, Asian Youth Orchestra, and Yonsei University Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008, and continues to perform solo and chamber music, most recently in duo with acclaimed violist Avri Levitan at Zaragoza Auditorium in Spain in April, 2016. She is on the faculty at the New York School of Music and Arts and has served as a jury member for the New York International Music Concours and the K-Radio International Music Competition.

Ms. Huh earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Yonsei University in Korea, Masters of Music from Mannes School for Music under Daniel Panner, and Professional Studies Diploma from Boston University under Michelle LaCourse. She recently graduated from Stony Brook University’s doctoral program under Nicholas Cords and Lawrence Dutton. 

The Petit Concert Series presents exceptional musicians from Korea and the United States performing classical Western, jazz, contemporary, and Korean music for an international audience in an intimate setting. Welcoming staff of local embassies, cultural centers, international organizations, and government offices, the program aims to conduct a uniquely Washingtonian form of cultural diplomacy and networking. Participants are invited to meet their diplomatic neighbors and colleagues from around the world, while building new relationships through a shared appreciation of great music.