Hailed by CNN as “one of the top ensembles of today,” Sejong Soloists is a first-class chamber orchestra renowned for its exceptional dynamic style with ranges of quartet-like precision to full orchestra resonance. Sejong Soloists has performed over 600 concerts in more than 120 cities throughout the world, and is highly praised for its innovative programming, documentaries, television broadcasts, and recordings. The ensemble has championed and commissioned music by distinguished living composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Richard Danielpour and Eric Ewazen—with whom Sejong has ongoing collaborations—as well as Osvaldo Golijov, Tan Dun and others.
Sejong Soloists was ensemble-in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival from 1996 to 2005. Sejong Soloists’ administration launched Music in PyeongChang (formerly Great Mountains International Music Festival & School) in South Korea and the group served as the host ensemble from 2004 through 2010. Additional festival appearances include the Trans-Siberian Art Festival in Russia, Strings of Autumn International Music Festival in Prague, International Cello Festival in Manchester, England, La Jolla SummerFest, and Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. This year, Sejong Soloists began its residency at Seoul National University’s ‘STUDIO2021’ series.
Sejong is committed to advancing the artistry and leadership of its musicians. Nine former and current Sejong members hold concertmaster positions throughout the world including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Montreal Symphony and Hamburg State Opera Orchestra.
Highlights of past seasons include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in the United States and critically acclaimed international tours with frequent guest artists Gil Shaham and Vadim Repin in the prestigious halls of London, Paris, Munich, Prague, Madrid, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei and Beijing. Sejong also has appeared on the world's stages with renowned soloists including clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann and double bassist Edgar Meyer; violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Kyung Wha Chung, and Joshua Bell; cellists Lynn Harrell and Jian Wang; pianists Joseph Kalichstein, Leon Fleisher and Vladimir Feltsman; and singers Kathleen Kim and Christophe Dumaux. Sejong Soloists served as an Honorary Ambassador of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games.
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