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On March 23rd at 4:00, the Joy of Music Concert Series presents the talented South Korean violist Kum Joung You. Kum Joung will be performing beautiful classical music on solo viola, as well as chamber works with cellist Han-Wei Lu and violinist Yang Sun Kim.

The Joy of Music Concert Series is held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, located at 758 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095. There is a suggested donation of $10 and refreshments will be served following the performance.

Kum Joung You was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. After high school, he decided to further his musical studies in the United States, by attending the State University of New York at Fredonia. Among the numerous scholarships and awards he has received, are the Harry King Award, the Julet Rosch Award, 1st Prize in the Concerto Competition at EKU, and 2nd Prize in National Violin Competition at Kimpo College in South Korea. He is also a two-time winner of the Hot Spring Music Festival Violin Competition (06, 08). Mr. You continued his education at The Hartt School, where he received a Master of Music degree in violin performance in 2009, and a Graduate Performance Diploma on Viola in 2011.Now he is continuing his viola studies and pursue an Artist Diploma. He has studied extensively with Katie Lansdale, Janet Sung, Steve Larson, and Rita Porfiris. Kum Joung You is received full scholarship attending Hartt School as a member of the prestigious 20/20 ensemble. Mr. You has participated in many master classes with renowned musicians, such as Wilfried Strehle, Samuel Rhodes, Peter Winograd, Wolfram Koessel, Mark Steinberg, and Lynn Harrell.

Taiwanese-born cellist Han-Wei Lu has concertized in recitals and music festivals in North, South America, Austria and Taiwan. Ms. Lu has collaborated with such renowned musicians as Katie Lansdale, Marcy Rosen and Bright Sheng. A founding member of the Sylvanus Ensemble and the 016 New Music Ensemble, she recently completed a concert tour in Taiwan and several performances in Connecticut. Ms. Lu has also participated in master classes with Emerson String Quartet, Timothy Eddy, Slovatcri Serghvsky and the Miami String Quartet. Ms. Lu received her Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, where she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to be a member of the chamber music program, Performance 20/20.

As an active chamber musician and soloist, violinist Yang Sun Kim has performed throughout the United States as well as in Canada, South Korea, Austria and Germany. Ms. Kim has performed in numerous master classes for world renowned violinists, including Aaron Rosand, Pamela Frank, Donald Weilerstein, Almita Vamos, and Igor Ozim and for string quartets, Julliard, Tokyo, and Colorado String Quartets. In May 2007, she made her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as the recipient of the Special Presentation Award by Artist International Presentations, which was accompanied by her sister, pianist Mina Kim. During her graduate studies at The Hartt School, she was nominated for The Hartt School's full scholarship honors chamber music program and the following year, she won the Miami String Quartet Competition and performed with members of the Miami String Quartet at the winner's concert. From 2009 to 2011, Yang Sun was a regular member of Civic Orchestra of Chicago and her chamber group from the orchestra has appeared in Civic Orchestra's Chamber Music Concert Series several times at the Symphony Center's Buntrock Hall. During her residency in Chicago, she was also a chamber music coach of Hyde Park Youth Symphony and a 1st violinist of its Resident Artist String Quartet. Currently, Mr. Kim resides and teaches in New York.