Who We Are
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, violinist Dr. Hyunjung Choi has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster in the United States, Canada, South Korea, China, Italy, and Finland. On the baroque violin, she performs frequently with Concerto Urbano, La Réunion Musicale, and Camerata Antiqua Seoul, and has performed in master classes at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Oberlin Summer Baroque Institute, Musica Angelica Early Music Workshop, International Baroque Institute at Longy, Early Music Vancouver Summer Workshop, and the American Bach Soloists Academy. She has worked with Cynthia Roberts, Julie Andrijeski, Marilyn McDonald, Marc Destrubé, Jean Lamon, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Robert Mealy, Zachary Carrettin, Ryo Terakado, and Stanley Ritchie.
Dr. Choi has also participated in recordings with La Réunion Musicale, Camerata Antiqua Seoul, and Sinfonia da Camera. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and from Northwestern University, as well as a D.M.A. in Violin Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois, where she studied with Sherban Lupu. She is also active performer as a member of Camerata Antiqua Seoul, Alla Classica, and Quatro Ewha. She taught at Gachon University, Jeonju University and Yewon Art University, Gangneung-Wonju National University. Currrently, she is a member of Camerata Antiqua Seoul, Alla Classica, Quatro Ewha and a director of The New Baroque Company and teaches at Ewha Womans University and Chungnam National University in Korea.
Cellist, Artistic Director
Yujin Chang is a graduate of the Yewon Art School (1994), Seoul Arts High School (1996), Seoul National University (2000), Hochschule für Musik und Kunst Bremen (Diploma, 2003) and Hochschule für Theater und Music Hamburg (Certificate, 2006). She was a third-prize winner at the Chosun Competition and a recipient of the Gold Award at the Korea Festival Competition. She has performed with the Bremen Barock Consort in Germany and has appeared as soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra, and Hamburg Symphony. She has also given recitals in several important venues, including the Seoul Arts Center, Gumho Art Hall, and the Hamburg Laeiszhalle.
As an educator, Ms. Chang taught at Joongang University, Seokyung Univeristy, and Yonsei University (Early Music Research Institute). Since 2018 she has been participated in TNBC as an artistic director and is also a founder of The Open Strings.
Recorder, Traverso Player, Music Director
Born in 1990, he started to have a musical education from the age of 4, initially with piano and later with modern flute. From the very first encounter with recorder, he was fascinated with this instrument and he decided to study in Germany with Prof. Gerd Lünenbürger. He began his studies at a young age, entering the University of Arts Berlin at 17 years old for a degree specialising in pedagogy. During this degree, he was a scholarship holder of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The Ensemble "La Prosperina" was founded during this time and they gave concerts throughout Germand and won first prize and audience prize at Förderpries für Alte Musik in Saarbrücken. After graduating with the highest degree classification, he moved to Barcelona to study with Prof. Dr. Pedro Memelsdorff (Escola Súperioir de Música de Catalunya). At Barcelona, his focus was analysis and freedom in music. in 2013, he won the 2nd prize at the International Telemann Competition with his group "Matís". After graduating in Barcelona he continues his study in Switzerland.
From 2013 to 2017, he studies with Prof. Conrad steinmann in Basel. He received the Fine Arts Scholarship of the Swiss government (the biggest scholarship in Switzerland). In June 2015, he performed his final recital and was rewarded the highest mark (Performance Master). In June 2017, he graduated Specialized Master (Early Music Historical Performance Practice) with highest mark
During this time, he recorded two CDs with ensemble Matís, those CDs were published by Lable Ars Produktion.
In August 2018 he participated International Competition Musica Antiqua in Brugge (the biggest and honorable Competition for Early music), and he won the 3rd prize.
Countertenor Jungkwon Jang was born in Buyeo, South Korea and studied at Yonsei University in Seoul. He graduated Master and Konzertexamen from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg under the tutelage of Prof. Mark Tucker.
JungKwon has already had some notable operatic engagements both in Germany and the UK, including Lepidus Octavia (Keiser) for the Innsbruck Alte Music Festival and Ruggiero Alcina for the Staatsoper, Hamburg(Opera Stabile). He has been a soloist with orchestras including Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (conductor: GMD Marcus Bosch) and Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg (Conductor: Enrico Calesso), and London Handel Festival Orchestera (Conductor: Laurence Cummings) and performed at the Halle Handel-Festspiele, the ENO, WNO in the UK, Scottish Opera and Opera North.
He has been won numerous awards, including the Berenberg Stiftung Kulturpreis 2017, 5th Prize with 3 Special prize at the 2018 55th International F. Viñas Singing Competition, 2018 W. Stenhammar International Music Competition, 3rd Prize at the 8th DEBUT Singing Competition, 1st Prize at the 26th Elise Meyer Competition, and the Audience Prize at the 2017 London Handel Singing Competition. He has recently broadcast as a Young Artist for NDR Kultur and also supported by an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary and by Maria Kacandes- Kamil.
Jungkwon Jang has completed the Young Artist program for the National Opera Studio in London.
Currently, Jungkwon Jang has been cast as an Oratorio, Concert performance in Korea, Britain and Europe.
The Dutch harpsichordist Arend Grosfeld has studied and worked with baroque specialists such as Sigiswald Kuijken, Peter Kooji and Philip Pickett. He has taken various masterclasses with Skip Sempé, Pierre Hantai and Gustav Leonhardt. Arend Studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In Basel he specialized in Basso Continuo with Jorg-Andreas Botticher, Andrea Marcom and Jesper Christensen. Arend Grosfeld performs regulary as a soloist and ensemble player of both early and modern music.
In September 2011 Arend performed at the international festival of Ambronay. Here he played Bach's 'Hohe Messe' under the leadership pf Sigiswald Kuijken touring across France,Italy and Portugal.He has also performed numerous concerts with the German baroque ensemble, 'NeoBarock' throughout Europe. He taught Basso continuo at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, South Korea. Next to his musical activities, he is also researching Korean traditional instruments in death at the Academy of Korean studies.