Violinist

ANDREW KWON

Praised for his bold, no-compromise manner of playing as well as his sensitivity in ensemble settings, Andrew Kwon’s virtuosity and charismatic stage presence have captivated audiences throughout the world. Born into a musical family, Andrew first began his studies on the violin in Korea with his father, who was a choir and orchestra director. In the past few years, Andrew has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral works in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), the U.S. Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium (Washington, DC), the Music Center at Strathmore (Washington, DC), the Maison symphonique (Montreal), Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore), and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, as well as its Eisenhower Theatre and the Millenium Stage (Washington, DC).  He has performed as a soloist with the Pacific Philharmonic, Columbia Orchestra, the Landon Symphonette, youth orchestras in both Maryland and California, and as an orchestral musician with the Alexandria, York, Lancaster, and Mid-Atlantic Symphonies, as well as the Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, he has held concertmaster and principal positions in various ensembles including the Pacific Philharmonic, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Orford, the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute Orchestra, and the Peabody Concert Orchestra. Andrew is playing on a violin labeled “1854 Raffaele & Antonio Gagliano” (Naples) and a W.E. Hill and Sons bow (London), on loan from the Peabody Institute Instrument Collection.
 

MARIKA SUZUKI

Marika Suzuki, 21, began her violin studies at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. An aspiring chamber musician, Marika has worked with members of Quatuor Arthur LeBlanc, and the Dover, Ying, Borromeo, Emerson and St. Lawrence String Quartets and has studied chamber extensively with Michael Kannen, Maria Lambros and Gina Coletti at the Peabody Institute and Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Institute. Her ensemble, Quartet Brio, had the honor of performing Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet for the Chinese Delegation of the National University of Singapore and President of Johns Hopkins in 2015. Currently, Marika leads the Peabody String Sinfonia, a conductor-less chamber ensemble with a mission to spread the beauty of music in homeless shelters, recovery centers and other sensitive venues throughout the Baltimore area. Marika is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with Violaine Melançon.

ALEXIS MESCHTER


Award-winning violinist Alexis Meschter performs as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S. and in Europe. This season, Alexis was the winner of the William Marbury Competition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as well as the first prize winner of the LISMA Foundation International Competition on Long Island, NY.  He has studied and performed at the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, NY, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy, and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in Washington, DC. In past seasons, he has appeared with the Newark Symphony Orchestra and the Wilmington Community Orchestra. He is enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and studies with the renowned Russian violinist and teacher Victor Danchenko.
 

LUCINDA CHIU

Violinist Lucinda Chiu, born in Hong Kong, is a senior at Peabody Conservatory. She has served as associate concertmaster and assistant principal of both Peabody Concert and Symphony Orchestras from 2012 to 2015. As part of the Centre Street Quartet, Lucinda was selected as one of the Honors Chamber Ensembles at Peabody for two years. They were also one of six quartets selected to study with the Juilliard String Quartet at the 2013 Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. Lucinda had her debut performance with CSQ at the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, as the 2013 Artist Residency String Quartet of Madeline Island Music Camp. Next year, Lucinda will begin her Masters of Music degree at Rice University with violinist Cho-Liang Lin.