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  • Future Stars Today

    Future Stars Today

    2017 Simon Fiset Competition

    2nd — Jonathan Staley; 3rd — Shichu “David” Liu

    2017 NW Chopin Festival

    Gold — Shichu “David” Liu; Silver — Robert Yee

    2016 Outstanding Artist

    1st — Robert Yan; 2nd — Jonathan Staley; 3rd — Shichu (David) Liu

    2016 Crescendo Int’l

    1st — Nile Camai, Nicholas Chin, Travis Lee, Angela Lin, Shichu (David) Liu, Caroline Oei, Catherine Oei, Ivan Penev, Annika Renganathan, Rebecca Sun

    2016 American Protégé

    1st — Arthur Yan; Robert Yan
  • Ms. Michelle Ji Young Rhee (Violin)

    Michelle Ji Young Rhee, violin, chamber musicMichelle, a native Korean, earned a Bachelor in Music in Violin Performance at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. During her studies at Ewha, Michelle studied orchestration, conducting, chamber ensemble, theory, music history and became an academically well-rounded musician. During her university years, she honed her performance skills by participating in the Ewha Women’s University Orchestra and was a member of a piano trio that played many private events.

    In preparation for graduate school in the United States, Michelle attended Montreat-Anderson College in Asheville, North Carolina, where she studied piano, music theory as well as world religion and Bible. She became a member of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra where she gained invaluable performance experience. The following year, Michelle attended Eastman School of Music and studied Suzuki Pedagogy, Ethnomusicology as well as Violin Performance. Michelle’s studies at Eastman provided her with a clear picture of the academic rigor of graduate school in America. After teaching privately for several years in South Korea, Michelle returned to the United States and earned two Master’s degrees in Violin Performance. She received her first performance degree from Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio. At BGU, she studied with Dr. Paul Makara, played in a student quartet and the Bowling Green Symphony Orchestra.

    Michelle received her second Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music (CCM). At CCM, she passed the piano proficiency exam as well as the oral test on Music history, theory and general knowledge in History of Violin and Repertoire. She studied violin with Dr. Won Bin Yim was affiliated with Juilliard School of Music. During her years at CCM, she discovered the most important tools in becoming a proficient musician: learning to practice well, attending live concerts, attending master classes, and playing in small and large ensembles. Michelle enjoyed learning about music from different era and she particularly enjoyed performing with the 18th Century Orchestra. She now applies techniques from these other eras to her teaching.

    Since she moved to Seattle in 1998, Michelle has taught at the Music Center of the NW, Gene Nastri School of Music, Pacific Northwest School of Music and has a private studio in Mill Creek, WA.

    Michelle’s equips her students to have a solid solo repertoire, develop skills in various small ensembles, participate in orchestra, learn efficient techniques in rhythm, sight reading skills, become devoted to their instrument and to have sufficient knowledge about their instrument. Many of Michelle’s students have become accomplished young musicians. They are playing in the top groups at BYSO and SYSO, leaders in their school orchestras, have attend summer festivals including Seattle Suzuki Institute, Vivace, Chamber Music Madness and the summer program at the Pacific NW School of Music.

    Michelle has performed with various groups and venues in the Seattle area. She was a member of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra where she served assistant concertmaster and concertmaster for over a decade. She has also performed with the Federal Way Symphony and the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra. Michelle is a member of East West String Quartet. The members are from Taiwan, China and Korea and they have all been educated in the States as well as abroad. They perform at various venues in the Seattle area. They have a broad repertoire including Chinese and Korean folk music.

    She has joined the Chopin Academy of Music in 2013 as violin faculty. She resides in Mill Creek, WA with her husband and enjoys doing Tai Chi and Tae Kwon Do.

    Wednesdays: 1:00 – 3:20 pm
    Saturdays: 4-5:30pm