A native of Mountain View, California, Sean Takada is studying under the tutelage of Professor Movses Pogossian at UCLA. A graduate of Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, New York City, Sean lived in Manhattan for five years since 2014, where he was a student of Professor Li Lin at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. Sean began the violin at the age of 5 and was accepted to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division four years later to study with Bettina Mussumelli. He was awarded First Prize in the Yehudi Menuhin – Helen Dowling Competition in 2012 and was also a winner of Pacific Musical Society later that year.
Throughout the 2013-14 season, he was the youngest member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Sean has won the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Competition representing Stuyvesant High School in 2016, 2017, and 2019, and became the first concertmaster for the New York All-State Orchestra from his school. Sean also received an honorable mention award from YoungArts 2018-19. He has participated as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of The United States in 2019, performing at the BBC Proms and the Young Euro Classic in Berlin. He was also chosen as a fellow for the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA. He collaborated with artists such as Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adès, Emanuel Ax, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Aside from school and music, Sean grew up playing club soccer, and was the MVP for his high school varsity team during his senior year. He now plays for fun with his friends in the intramural league at UCLA.Charlie Lin
Charlie Lin began his musical studies at the age of six in Dallas, TX. He holds a BA in violin performance and biology from Northwestern University and a M.M. from the Thornton School of Music at USC. Lin is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Violin Performance at USC.
Primary teachers have included Glenn Dicterow, Gerardo Ribeiro, Jan Sloman, and Orit Bedar. Charlie Lin has performed in Japan as Principal Second Violinist with the Pacific Music Festival orchestra under the baton of Ken-David Masur and Lahav Shani as well as with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) under the baton of Jaime Martin.Haesol Lee
A South Korean violinist, Haesol Lee started playing the violin at the age of 3 after seeing her older brothers play violin and piano. In 2004, she immigrated to the United States with her family and continued her violin studies at the Colburn School. Being interested in exploring life beyond just music, she decided to do her bachelor’s degree at Rice University where she studied with Paul Kantor on full scholarship. Then she decided to deepen her musical knowledge at The Juilliard School with Li Lin for her master’s degree program. She recently came back to California to work actively as a freelancer while studying at USC with Bing Wang. Since August
2022, she has subbed in LA Philharmonic, joined Long Beach Symphony as a section violinist, appeared as a guest associate concertmaster of CMI Orchestra with San Antonio Ballet, and joined the whole soul quartet that plays all classical repertoire as well as R&B and Hip-Hop arrangements in studios. While being an active performer, she’s also passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with her students and her students have gotten into renowned schools like MSM Precollege and Crossroads School.
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1988, the violinist YuEun Kim is forging a significant international career. While performing extensively, Ms. Kim has won top prizes at the Korean Times Music Competition, Kumho Art Hall Recital Series Competition, Sungjung Competition, Music Education News Concours, and the Seoul High Schools Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Kim also received Second Prize at Joong Ang Music Concours in 2010. She was featured as a soloist with the SNU Philharmonic Orchestra (Seoul) in 2009, as well as the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012. At the start of her venture into the international music scene, she was selected to be a semi-finalist in the 2012 International Violin Competition Buenos Aires.
Ms. Kim has been a junior member of the Chamber Music Society of Kumho Art Hall since 2010, and she has concertized around the world, including a performance at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. YuEun advocates for chamber music in a variety of settings, including smaller and more casual venues, where music has an especially intimate, powerful impact, such as The House Concert series and the Starlight Outreach Community Concerts, in her native Korea. She is also a founding member of the Zaffre String Quartet. Furthermore, Ms. Kim regularly participates in numerous music festivals, including Seoul Spring Festival-Fringe Festival, Seoul National University Chamber Music Festival, Costa Rica International Music Festival of Music4one, and Klangspuren Festival in Austria. YuEun Kim is also a dedicated painter and photographer, whose living space is a virtual darkroom, her various forms of artistic expression deepening each other.
Having earned her Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in violin performance from the prestigious Seoul National University, Ms. Kim is presently working towards her Artist Diploma, as a Starling Fellow on full scholarship at the USC-Thornton School of Music, under the tutelage of world-renowned violinist Midori Goto.
Since moving to Los Angeles in the fall of 2013, Ms Kim has been actively performing in the area, including recitals at the Pasadena City College, Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Palos Verdes Library, and the Nixon Presidential Library. She has won first place in USC’s Solo Bach Competition and the Strings Concerto Competition, and was a semi-finalist at the China International Violin Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Ms Kim’s forthcoming engagements include performing at Yellow Barn (Putney, VT), and appearing as a soloist with the USC Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Irvine in 2015. She has recently won the auditions for “Beverly Hills National Audition” and “Sundays Live at LACMA” (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), opening doors to numerous programs in the following years.Sydney Adedamola
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Sydney Adedamola recently graduated in May 2018 with her Bachelors in Music from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where she studied with Dr. Lina Bahn. During her time in Los Angeles she has held the position of principal second violin of USC Symphony, been a member of the Young Musician Foundation’s Debut Chamber Orchestra and performed in masterclasses taught my various distinguished musicians such as Midori Goto, Paul Watkins, Lawrence Dutton, and Michael Tree.
She spent the past summer in Breckenridge, Colorado as a soloist with and member of the National Repertory Orchestra. Sydney has won prizes in multiple international competitions including A-Muse the World: Young Promise and American Protégé and has performed in concert halls throughout the United States including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall. In March of 2014, she was selected as a soloist on a tour throughout Ireland with the Milton Academy Chamber Orchestra.
Sydney is currently a recipient of the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship, a collaboration between the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) and the University of Southern California. As a Fellow, she is pursuing her Graduate Certificate at USC under the tutelage of Margaret Batjer and Bing Wang whilst playing with both LACO and ICYOLA.Sakura Tsai
Violinist and educator Sakura Tsai enjoys a multifaceted career having performed nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician.
A native of Southern California, Dr. Tsai earned degrees (B.M., M.M., and D.M.A.) in Violin Performance from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where she was honored the prestigious Order of Areté and became a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Her mentors and teachers included Midori Goto, Kathleen Winkler, Hagai Shaham, and Alice Schoenfeld. Additional fields of study while pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree included Music Theory and Analysis, Violin Pedagogy with Endre Granat, and Kinesiology.
A dedicated educator, Dr. Tsai is Artist Teacher of Violin at the University of Redlands. She is also on faculty at California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley, California State Summer School for the Arts, Junior Chamber Music (Inland Empire), and most recently, Montecito International Music Festival. Dr. Tsai makes frequent appearances as an adjudicator and serves as a clinician in schools around Southern California where she mentors aspiring young musicians. In 2018, Dr. Tsai was selected to be the guest conductor of the San Bernardino County High School Honor Orchestra. She coaches instrumentalists in the Walnut Valley Unified School District at both Diamond Bar and Walnut High Schools while being actively involved with the Diamond Bar High School Performing Arts Academy Advanced Music Program. In addition, Dr. Tsai has a robust private studio and has previously held faculty positions at Marymount California University and Idyllwild Arts Academy.
As a performer, Dr. Tsai is currently a member of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. She performs in several regional orchestras and has spent summers at the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland) and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany) academies, and Music Masters Course Japan (Japan). Dr. Tsai maintains an active career as a chamber musician winning honors at international competitions such as the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival and the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. As a violinist with chamber ensembles Definiens, DuselForty58, and the What’s Next? Ensemble, Dr. Tsai has championed works of numerous living composers. An avid performer of contemporary music, extensive collaboration with young composers with these ensembles included residencies and performance projects at institutions such as Idyllwild Arts Academy, California State University, Northridge and Long Beach, University of California, Riverside, and University of Southern California. Dr. Tsai’s solo and ensemble performances have been featured live on world-wide television and radio broadcasts such as classical KUSC, KRTU-FM, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Germany), and Japan Broadcasting Corporation – NHK (Japan).Ann Brenton
ANN BRENTON is a graduate of Cal State University Long Beach. She has played and toured with many performing arts organizations throughout the Southland, including The Pacific Symphony, The Bolshoi Ballet, Mozart Classical Orchestra, and the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters. She has recorded projects at Sony and Paramount Pictures and played on numerous recordings both in LA and in Nashville. Ann is a Board member of the Hennings-Fischer Foundation along with her husband, Eric, also a Board member and professional musician.
Ann has been on the Fine Arts Staff in the Garden Grove School District since 1994 as an educator, specializing in instrumental music development in the public schools. Each year, she gives 350 young students their first opportunity to learn a musical instrument and, as a string specialist, assists high school Directors with techniques for strings. She has fond memories of the wonderful school music programs and Arrowbear Music Camp that gave her a love for music.Jacqueline Suzuki
Tenured in 1982
JACQUELINE SUZUKI, violin, is a longtime member of the Long Beach and Santa Barbara Symphonies.
She initiated and curates a twice monthly chamber music series, the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts. A current schedule may be seen at http://www.glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com
A native of San Francisco, she began her earliest chamber music studies on scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory. She has performance degrees from the Mannes College of Music (BM), where she studied with William Kroll, and the California Institute of the Arts (MFA).
As a Los Angeles freelancer, she has performed with many ensembles and in many genres, from rock, jazz, Latin and Arabic, to playing in the pit for the Bolshoi Ballet and onstage with the Three Tenors. She has recorded with diverse artists: Snoop Dogg, Neil Sedaka, Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston, Bocelli, Lalo Schifrin, McCoy Tyner, Placido Domingo and many others, and appears on recordings by the Long Beach, Santa Barbara and Pacific Symphonies. She has spent summers at the Peter Britt, Oregon Coast, Carmel Bach and Cabrillo Festivals and has performed in a string quartet “in residence” on a raft trip down the Green River in Utah. Tours have taken her many times to Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and throughout the US