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 Juilliard 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 display 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 the 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.