2018-2019 WinterMezzo Artists
Scott Yoo, Music Director and Violin
Scott began his public career performing with the Boston Symphony at age 12. He went on to win first prize in the Josef Gingold International Violin competition and received an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Scott has appeared with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and numerous festivals. As guest conductor, he has led the Colorado, Dallas, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New World, San Franscisco and Utah Symphonies and others. He was named Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic in 2016.
Susan Cahill, double bass
Susan is a graduate of Indiana University and has been a member of the Colorado Symphony since 1997. She has appeared as soloist with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Colorado Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic. She is a member of the Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, and has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Utah Symphony. Susan is also the co-director of Denver Eclectic Concerts, a series dedicated to fusing classical music with other forms of art.
Jonah Kim, cello
Jonah made his solo debut with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003. The same year, he also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Mr. Kim graduated from the Juilliard School and the prestigious Curtis Institute in spring of 2006 while still only 17 years old, and has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia, Symphony of the Americas, Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional and many others. He has performed recitals at the Phillips Collection, Kimmel Center, Kravis Center and the Kennedy Center. He has recorded at Skywalker Sound and Hit Factory studios and is the recipient of two Grammy awards.
Ben Ullery, viola
Ben currently serves as Assistant Principal viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to moving to LA he spent three seasons with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has recently appeared as Guest Principal with the Detroit Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Aspen Chamber Symphony. He has recorded chamber works for Bridge and Albany records and has been featured in chamber performances on NPR's Performance Today as well as local broadcasts on KUSC in Los Angeles and Minnesota Public Radio. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory.
Jason Uyeyama, violin
Jason is an Associate Professor of Violin and Director of String Studies at La Sierra University, where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music. He has appeared at the Aspen, Taos and Tanglewood festivals, and performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2008, he became Music Director of Community Kids Connection, a mentoring program offering free music lessons to low income children in San Bernardino, CA. Jason holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School.
Anna Polonsky, piano
Anna made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow. She has performed in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall, and is a frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Anna is a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. She serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College, and in the summer at the Marlbobo and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals. Anna is a Steinway artist.
Bion Tsang, cello
Bion is internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation: among his many honors are an Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. He resides in Austin, TX where he is Division Head of Strings and holds the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Chair in Cello at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.