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SOO BAE

Founder, Director

Canadian Korean cellist Soo Bae was praised by The New Yorker as “superb” and by The Strad for being “rich and romantic with crisp incisive technique”​.​ Recently honored as the musician of the month in Musical America Magazine, Ms. Bae is also a winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and Grand prize winner of the 2006 Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition. She is also the first Canadian ever to win a prize at the Adam International Cello Festival & Competition in New Zealand​ and has been ​recognized ​through the J​​uilliard School with The McGraw-Hills Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach.​​​​ ​As a ​recitalist​ and​ concerto soloist Ms. Bae has performed​ all over Asia, Europe, Canada and the US, including a debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, ​​Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C​, ​​Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in Japan. In addition, she was ​the ​featured soloist for the closing ceremony of the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, where she performed on Casals own instrument.​​ ​

Her recent CD for the Naxos label featuring all ​of the ​solo cello works by Alfredo Piatti has been praised for the ‘staggering di​​splay of technical brilliance and outstanding range of expression transforming these works, often thought of as nothing more than etudes, into fulfilling musical jewels’.​ ​An avid chamber musician, Ms. Bae has collaborated with celebrated artists such ​as ​Richard Goode, Charles Neidich, Lynn Harrell, Joel Smirnoff, Michael Tree, Mitsuko Uchida, Arnold Steinhardt, David Soyer​ ​​and ​Peter Wiley among others. She has also toured with “Musicians from Marlboro” ​appearing in numerous chamber music festivals including Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Amelia Island Music Festival, Sarasota, and Verbier. As a supporter of new music, Ms. Bae has premiered new solo cello works ​written ​especially for her by such renowned composers as Huang Ruo, David Ludwig​ and Shinuh Lee.​

Soo Bae received her Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music under Orlando Cole and ​her ​Master of Music Degree and ​the prestigious ​Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School where she also served as assistant faculty under Joel Krosnick​. ​Intensely involved in teaching, Ms. Bae has given master classes around the globe and has been asked to judge for various competitions including the recent Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition.​ Ms. Bae is​ the​ director and founder of Angelos Mission Ensemble Chamber Music Program in New Jersey​ which is dedicated to training and empowering young musicians to serve and love the community through music. ​She also teaches at the Curtis Summerfest in Philadelphia and performs as part of the ‘Curtis on tour’.

Ms. Bae uses ​t​he Ivashkin Joseph Guarneri filius Andreae of Cremona cello dated 1710 on a loan from a generous private donor​ a loan from a generous private donor​.