Baroque(n) Hearts

Featured Artists

As the creator of New York City’s One World Symphony, Sung Jin Hong is committed to realizing and fulfilling its VISION. As a conductor, he has had the honor of presenting world premieres and works by living composers such as John Adams, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty, Harold Farberman, Kyle Gann, John Harbison, George Perle, Andre Previn, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Joan Tower, Keith Bailey, Lisa Burke, Jason Candler, John Craven, James Cross, Jerry DeVore, Peter Gilbert, Leonard Goldfine, Stanley Grill, Sean Hickey, Jihwan Kim, Masashi Mori, Andrew Struck-Marcell, Margarita Zelenaia, and others. After conducting works by many composers during One World Symphony’s first nine seasons, Sung Jin Hong programmed From The Alchemist on September 2009, which also was his first work that was publicly performed by One World Symphony. Hong and his work have been reviewed and profiled by Classicalite, The New York Times, Time Out New York, Operaticus, Lucid Culture, Composers of Sibelius, Tuxedo Revolt, and most recently by the award-winning journalist and author Clemency Burton-Hill of BBC. Most recently, Classic FM, “UK’s favourite classical station” presented “Exclusive: Listen to Breaking Bad — Ozymandias the opera.”

Recently performed as Walt/Heisenberg/Ozymandias is Sung Jin Hong’s critically-acclaimed world premiere performances of Breaking Bad — Ozymandias, Puerto-Rican born José Pietri-Coimbre has distinguished himself in various capacities as a violinist, violist, and classical baritone. As a vocalist, Mr. Pietri-Coimbre has presented frequent solo art song recitals in the United States and Europe. He has performed in New York City with One World Symphony, with whom he sang the roles of the Forrester in the crtically-acclaimed production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen,Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and Dancairo in Bizet’s Carmen. He was a member of the Puerto Rico Opera Chorus, and was also a frequent featured oratorio soloist in the Island, performing with the Puerto Rico Chamber Orchestra among other ensembles. As a violinist and violist, Mr. Pietri-Coimbre has held principal positions at One World Symphony, Bronx Opera and Delaware Valley Opera Orchestras, Puerto Rico Sinfonietta, National Orchestral Institute Orchestra, and the Queens Philharmonia, where he was also a soloist in 2003. He has been a member of the New Jersey Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras. He has collaborated with cellists Marcy Rosen and Nina Lee, and with conductors Gerard Schwarz, Sergiu Comissiona, Maurice Peress and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. A strong advocate of Spanish and Latin American art music, Mr. Pietri-Coimbre was a member of the Zipoli Ensemble for the Spanish American Baroque and a founding member of Cuarteto Ensueño. He has also been a busy and passionate educator for nearly two decades, having been on the faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music, the Mozart Academy in New York City and currently at Third Street Music School.

Soprano Sonya Headlam is a versatile performer of vocal recitals, chamber music, oratorio, and operatic repertoire. Praised for her voice of “liquid tone”, Ms. Headlam’s career has taken her to concert halls across the U.S. and abroad. She has performed with One World Symphony on numerous occasions since 2006. She is thrilled to continue her collaboration with One World Symphony for the 2013-2014 Season, following critically acclaimed performances on the Ecstasy, American Affairs, and Addiction programs. Career highlights include her Carnegie Hall debut with Distinguished Concerts International New York, and her regional opera house debut with Fargo-Morehead opera singing the role of Musetta in La Bohème. Ms. Headlam has twice performed on the Trinity Church Recital Series in Lower Manhattan, joining a rich history of renowned and emerging professional musicians. Born of Jamaican parentage, Ms. Headlam maintains close ties with the Caribbean where she has been active as a recitalist and soloist including a tour of Guadeloupe with members of the Cuban Philharmonic. Ms. Headlam holds performance degrees from Miami University of Ohio, and received additional training at Mannes College of Music in New York City. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Performance at Rutgers University.

Monica Martin has has given recitals and performed at many major concert halls in New York, including Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Rose Theater, Alice Tully, and Avery Fischer Hall. Ms. Martin has been a winner of the ISO Concerto Competition, the Queens College Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition. She is a member of several orchestras in the New York City area, and in December 2011 was accepted into the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, working under the baton of Jamie Laredo. She has studied with accomplished violinists such as Daniel Phillips and Carmit Zori, and has participated in master classes with Cho-Liang Lin, Maseo Kawasaki, Fred Sherry, and Anton Miller. In the summer of 2012, Ms. Martin toured northern Italy playing chamber music as a member of the Holter Ensemble. Ms. Martin is currently the Assistant Head of Music at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and holds a B.M. in Violin Performance from Queens College. She has been performing with One World Symphony since 2009 and most recently performed as soloist in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and was the concertmaster of the critically-acclaimed world premiere performances of Sung Jin Hong’s Breaking Bad — Ozymandias. Photo by Jaka Vinsek

Hyun Jin Cho, soprano, made her debut with One World Symphony performing scenes from Verdi’s Rigoletto as Gilda. Most recently she performed the role of Miles in The Turn of the Screw in Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy. Also Ms. Cho performed the role of Morgana in Alcina and Clorinda in La Cenerentola in EPCASO, Oderzo, Italy. She also performed several concerts in Verona, Treviso, Padua, and Portogruaro, Italy. Other recent highlights include the role of Novizia in Suor Angelica with Opera Manhattan and Le fee in Cendrillon, Miss Silverklang in Die Schauspieldirektor, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with New York Lyric Opera Theatre. Other appearances as a concert soloist with AIMS in Graz, Austria and La Voix du Jardin, L’art de la Voix festival in Paris, France. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music, CNR-Paris, France (Conservatoire National de Region de Paris). She also studied broadcasting in Journalism and worked as a television broadcaster in South Korea and Japan.


Making her debut with One World Symphony, Sharon Cheng made her US professional debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in 2009. Recently starred in two sold-out performances of Lucia di Lammermoor for Baltimore Concert Opera, she also successfully portrayed a wide variety of operatic roles, including La Musica, Proserpina (L’Orfeo), Atalanta (Serse), Alcina, Konstanze, Madame Goldentrill, Miss Silverpeal, Servilia, Königin der Nacht, Rosina, Adina, Gilda, Olympia, Gretel, Sandman, Dew Fairy, La Fée and Lucy (The Telephone), and was raved for her “comic talent and dazzling high notes” (Taminophile, 2011). Her “buoyant and lustrous soprano voice” (Opera Pulse, 2012) has brought her first prizes at the Liszt International Competition, NTD International Vocal Competition, Civic Morning Musicals Vocal Competition, Taiwan National Theater Concert Hall Young Star Audition, Chimei Arts Award, among others. She has given several collaborative recitals on various programs throughout Asia, America and Europe. Her latest CD album of Liszt songs is released by Blue Griffin Recording. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Syracuse University, and an Artist Diploma from Queens College, CUNY.


Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sergey Prokofyev began his violin studies at the age of 5. In 1998 he and his family immigrated to New York. Here, Sergey attended Special Music School, and graduated from LaGuardia High School and the Pre-College division at the Juilliard School. Sergey received his Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Sergey was a winner at the Lincoln Center High School Chamber Music competition and the New York Youth Chamber Music Program and gave performances at The New York Society of Ethical Culture and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie. Sergey was also winner of the Aaron Copland School of Music Concerto Competition and appeared as soloist with the Queens College Symphony Orchestra and the Queens College Chamber Orchestra. Since 2012 Sergey has participated in concerts with Bachanalia, a string chamber orchestra directed by world renowned violinist Nina Beilina. Photo by Jaka Vinsek


Mezzo-soprano Veronica Forman is thrilled to make her debut with One World Symphony. She is an active active performer in Europe and New York City. She has performed at the Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland and with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center. She has also appeared with the Kinks’ Ray Davies on tour, at the Beacon Theater, and on The Late Show with David Letterman, and has done voiceover work for various television spots and on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Voice and Piano performance from Bard College.

The music of New York City-based composer Andrew Struck-Marcell aims to create a sense of ritual that encourages contemplation and catharsis. Having come in to close contact with Hindustani Music, he incorporates some of its forms and gestures. His works always strives to evoke coloristic moods with the intent of creating a novel sensory experience in the listener. Performances of his music have occurred throughout the United States and Europe at events and venues such as the SEAMUS National Conference, Roulette, Frederick Loewe Theater, the Tank NYC, the National Gallery, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Midwest Composers Symposium, and the Conservatorio G. Tartini Trieste. Groups and performers of his work include the NYU Symphony Orchestra, the janus trio, the Naiades Ensemble, Natalie Clein, Trio Kavak, and the Iowa Center for New Music. He is currently pursing a PhD in composition at New York University, where his dissertation research uses empirical methods to investigate music perception over short time windows. Previously, he studied at the Royal College of Music, London and at the University of Iowa. Teachers of his include Ezequiel Viñao, Kenneth Hesketh, Michael Zev Gordon, David Gompper, and Lawrence Fritts. His involvement with Hindustani music includes tabla studies in America and in the Kolkata area with Narayan Bhattacharjee. Additionally, he is a founding member and artistic director for Nodes Performing Arts, a new organization that has presented several music and dance concerts around New York. He also plays keyboard and helps compose for the instrumental rock band Audiometry. His work Summer Cloud (2013) received its world premiere performance in One World Symphony’s Alive program in July 2013.


Justin Lee is currently the principal bassist of One World Symphony, and founding member of the Power House Big Band and Bob Page Jazz Trio. Samples of his work are also located in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, in collaboration with Joe Coco and Rodger Parr, in the album Hindsight. He performed along with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra for a music video with rap star Jay Z for Super Bowl XLIV. Mr. Lee performed with the New Jersey Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. He is also proud to have worked with the original Broadway cast of Putnam County Spelling Bee, jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, and Constantine Maroulis in the Premier Theater Company’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.


Monday, March 17, 2014
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