The 2017 Fellows

The Festival is pleased to announce the 2017 Fellows. The Fellowship Program is a fully-funded opportunity for 17 of the most advanced musicians at the beginning of significant careers in music. The program offers the full resources of the internationally-renowned faculty and Festival infrastructure for an intensive and extensive exploration of solo and chamber repertoire. Fellows will perform alongside faculty and guest artists in the Festival’s subscription concert series and work with these artists to enhance technical and interpretive skills. The frequent performance opportunities, intensive study, and the high standards for entry make the Fellowship program among the most respected in the nation.

As part of the Community Concert series, the Fellows will engage with various audiences in non-traditional performance venues such as breweries, coastal resorts, libraries, community centers, care centers, and more. Through these opportunities and mentorship in outreach, Fellows will widen their reach and identify entrepreneurial ways to interact and grow through music.

The Fellows are defined by their advanced artistry, command of their instrument, and commitment to outstanding musical experiences. A summer at Bowdoin surrounds Fellows with similarly advanced students while offering opportunities and resources to realize these passions, bring joy through music to the lives of others, and prepare for meaningful careers in art.

Roberto Arundale, cello

Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Salvadoran-American cellist Roberto Arundale currently lives in Boulder, Colorado where he is pursuing his DMA under David Requiro at CU Boulder. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his Master’s degree in Cello Performance & Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a Suzuki certified instructor, Roberto has enjoyed teaching privately in Cleveland and Boulder as well as at the Aspen Music Festival & School as part of the P.A.L.S. program. After a four-year hiatus, Roberto is delighted to return to the Bowdoin International Music Festival for his sixth summer of music making and delicious lobster.

Jenny Beck, composition

Jenny Beck grew up in rural Pennsylvania where the sounds of the woods stirred her imagination at a young age. Her intense musical language explores a sound world that is vast, visceral, and restrained in equal measure.

Jenny has participated in workshops and festivals including the Copland House CULTIVATE Institute, Norfolk New Music Workshop, Atlantic Center for the Arts, June In Buffalo, Wellesley Composers Conference, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Weill Music Institute Professional Training Workshop at Carnegie Hall with Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Princeton University.

Kunjing Dai, viola

Originally from Anhui, China, Kunjing Dai currently lives in New York City and studies at the Juilliard School where she is a junior Bachelor’s of Music student. She started playing the violin when she was five years old and switched to viola during high school. She has traveled throughout China and the United States performing and studying. Kunjing has attended a series of community chamber performances throughout New York City. She has also participated as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra performing at David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, and others. Her teachers include Misha Amory, Hsin-yun Huang, and Li Sheng.

Jennifer Gersten, violin

Jennifer Gersten is a violinist from Queens, New York. She is pursuing a Master’s in performance at Stony Brook University, where she studies with Jennifer Frautschi, Arnaud Sussman, Hagai Shaham, and members of the Emerson String Quartet. She has previously attended Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Jennifer majored in English and creative writing at Yale, where she was a student of Wendy Sharp, served as co-concertmaster of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and was a recipient of the senior Wrexham Prize in Music. In her second life she is a freelance journalist and editor with work in NPR Music, WQXR, and Guernica.

Bixby Kennedy, clarinet

Originally from Maryville, TN, Bixby Kennedy is a fellow of Ensemble Connect where he performs in Carnegie Hall and Juilliard, is a teaching artist in the public schools, and presents community engagement concerts throughout New York City. The recipient of the Grand Prize in the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Bixby will perform a concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra in October 2017. As a soloist, he has garnered prizes from the ECSO, Hellam, Ima Hogg, Boston Woodwind Society, and Indiana University competitions. Bixby enjoys laughing, eating good food, going to concerts, and hiking. Specific to Bowdoin, he is excited to explore the local landscape and hopefully visit some lighthouses.

Youngha Kim, flute

Flutist Youngha Kim, born in South Korea, is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music where she studies under Linda Chesis. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University in South Korea under the tutelage of Myung Joo Ahn and Yumi Jung. As an undergraduate, she won her university’s concerto competition performing the Reinecke Concerto as well as winning top prizes in numerous competitions in South Korea. Ms. Kim has also performed in masterclasses of notable flutists such as Sandrine Tilly, Maxence Larrieu, Adorjan Andras, Walter Auer, and others. She is thrilled to attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival this summer.

Linda Lee, violin

Linda Lee, originally from Seoul, South Korea, began her violin studies when she was five years old. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the Seoul National University and graduated with honors (Cum Laude). Seeking further educational opportunities, she moved to the United States and received her Master’s degree in violin performance at the Yale School of Music studying with Ani Kavafian. She has built an orchestra career as part of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. She participated in the Sarasota Music Festival last summer and looks forward to being a part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Atao Liu, bassoon

Atao Liu is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University, studying with Dr. Frank Morelli of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. As an orchestral player, Ms. Liu has performed all positions in the Juilliard Orchestras, Manhattan School of Music Orchestras, New York Youth Symphony, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. She was a semifinalist in the 2012 Meg Quigley Vivaldi International Bassoon competition. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. Her previous teachers were Kim Laskowksi, Carolyn Beck, and Zhu Jun. Atao attend the 2016 Bowdoin International Music Festival as a Fellow.

William Loveless, horn

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, William Loveless is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Eric Reed. William completed his bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University, studying under Laurence Lowe. In 2015 William was a finalist in the International Horn Competition of America. He has toured with orchestras to Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Mongolia, Korea, and Japan. William was a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square, and has participated in many weekly broadcasts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Apart from the horn, William enjoys hiking and camping in southern Utah with his wife, Becca.

Dannielle McBryan, oboe

Oboist Dannielle McBryan enjoys a career of chamber music performance, most notably at Weill Hall, and her two fellowships with the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Recently, she performed with Ensemble Connect at their Skidmore College residency. As a soloist, she won the 2016 Purchase Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition with the Martinu Oboe Concerto. Additionally, she will perform Laura Kaminsky’s Oboe Concerto with the Purchase Contemporary Ensemble in May 2017. Ms. McBryan received her Bachelor’s at the Manhattan School of Music with Stephen Taylor and is pursuing her Master’s at SUNY Purchase with James Austin Smith.

Amalia Rinehart, piano

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Amalia Rinehart earned her Bachelor’s degree in music from Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently a scholarship student of Gilbert Kalish in the graduate music program of Stony Brook University.

Amalia loves ensemble playing and has won recognition for her work as a chamber and orchestral musician. In past summers she has participated in Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program (VT), the Mannes Beethoven Institute (NY), Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute (WA), Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and Bowdoin’s Fellowship Program. She is also an organist, having studied the instrument in high school and college. This summer she’ll be coming to the Festival from the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida.

So Sugiyama, cello

Cellist So Sugiyama began his musical studies at the age of three and enrolled at the Colburn School shortly thereafter. In 2012, So graduated from Columbia University as a John Jay National Scholar with a B.A. in philosophy, while concurrently studying cello with George Neikrug. So has attended the Banff Centre as a Finch Fellow, the Aspen Music Festival as an Orchestral Mentor Fellow, and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program as an Orchestral Fellow.

So completed his Master’s of Music at Stony Brook University as a student of Colin Carr, and is currently continuing there as a doctoral candidate on full scholarship. So studies chamber music with the Emerson String Quartet and has served as their teaching assistant for the past two years.

So plays on a contemporary cello made by Joseph Grubaugh and Sigrun Seifert and a German bow by H.R. Pfretzschner, both generously on loan from the Virtu Foundation.

Leo Sussman, flute

Flutist Leo Sussman strives to build community by sharing his passion for musical engagement, inspiring listeners with both new and familiar sounds. Recent appearances include a concerto performance with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, new music concerts at National Sawdust and Electronic Music Midwest, and summers at the Norfolk and Banff Centre chamber music festivals. Also a dedicated educator, Leo is a teaching artist in the New Haven public schools. Leo studies with Ransom Wilson at Yale School of Music. He holds undergraduate degrees in flute and physics from Lawrence University where he studied with Erin Lesser.

David Valbuena, clarinet

David Valbuena was born and raised in Queens, New York and has established himself as an avid teacher and performer. His love for both modern and classical music has led him to perform in a wide variety of venues such as The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Space among many others. He earned a Bachelors Degree from Queens College and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Charles Neidich. In 2014, he took part in an exchange program with the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he studied with Lee Morgan. David’s most recent musical endeavor has been performing with ShoutHouse, a collective of 14 NYC based musicians from diverse musical backgrounds who are dedicated to performing thought provoking music that combines elements of jazz, hip-hop, and classical music.

Misha Vayman, violin

With performances described as “poetic and sincere” (North Star), violinist Misha Vayman is a competition winner, soloist, and educator. He was named first prize winner at the ENKOR International Violin Competition in 2015. As a soloist, Misha has performed with a number of orchestras, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia. A dedicated pedagogue, he was a faculty member at Benefic Chamber Music Festival in Indiana and recently led workshops and masterclasses in El Paso, Texas. Misha earned his Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is now a Master of Music candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Martin Beaver.

Min Joo Yi, piano

From Bellevue, Washington, 22-year-old Min Joo Yi is currently pursuing a masters degree in piano performance at Peabody Conservatory with professor Yong-Hi Moon. She earned her A.B. degree in ecology & evolutionary biology along with a certificate in music performance from Princeton University. Min Joo was the recipient of the Scheide Scholarship, CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship, National YoungArts Foundation Merit Award, Evelyn Lindblad Folland Endowment Fund Award, Donna and Edwin Kornfeld Piano Scholarship, and the Ida Zelikovsky Green Award. She also won top prizes in the Kosciuszko Foundation National Chopin Competition, Schimmel USASU International Piano Competition, Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle Competition, Northwest Chopin Festival, and Music Teachers National Association Competition.

SoHui Yun, viola

Born in South Korea, SoHui Yun is currently studying for her Master’s degree with Dimitri Murrath at New England Conservatory. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Korea National University of Arts studying with SoonWha Oh and Hanna Lee. She has participated in the Perlman Music Program, Great Mountains International Music Festival and School, and Tongyoung International Music Festival. She has performed as part of the Rising Star Series at GMMFS, a solo recital at KNUA Series, and with the National Symphony Orchestra of Moldova-Teleradio. She has won several awards, including the special prize at the Lionel Tertis International viola competition, and first prize at GMMFS Concerto Competition.