Englewood Arts presented Colorado Symphony Principal Cellist Seoyoen Min on March 18 in another of its excellent Saturday matinee series concerts at Hampden Hall. She was accompanied by pianist Hsiao-Ling Lin in three classical works spanning the past three centuries.
Included: Beethoven (1770-1827) “Cello Sonata No. 4 in C, Op. 102” (1815); Ginastera “Pampeana No. 2 Rhapsody for Cello” (1950); and Grieg “Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36 (1883).” The Ginastera work refers to the plains, pampas, in Argentina. There is a connection to Colorado’s eastern plains in that work. He was an important 20th-century classical composer.
Min’s inaugural season with the CSO was 2019/2020. The native of South Korea has been an active soloist in the U.S. and South Korea. She was also featured with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, where she performed the Fredrich Gulda Cello Concerto with Christopher Dragon.
She made her South Korean debut at the Youngsan Art Hall in 2016 and has performed in solo engagements with the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Academy Ensemble, the Seoul Soloists Cello Ensemble and OZ Ensemble.
She is a founding member of the Edith String Quartet and has participated in a number of chamber music collaborations throughout her career.
Included: a cello ensemble with Lynn Harrell and with Kyung Sun Lee in the Virtuosi Seoul Ensemble, as well as the St. Lawrence Quartet.
In her home community, she performs with Englewood Arts as a chamber musician and soloist and with the Front Range Chamber Players.
The contemporary music scene in South Korea has drawn her interest as well. In the summer, she performs as a guest artist with the Southeastern Young Artists in Georgia, with the Grand Teton Festival as principal cello and the “Going Home Project” Orchestra as assistant principal.
Seoyoen Min is a private teacher in her home community and has been a guest faculty member at area music institutions. Most recently, she has taught a master class at the University of Wyoming, where she also taught at the UW Cello Festival.
Her personal mentors include musical figures such as Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Xenia Jankovic, Peter Bruns and Tilman Wick, she wrote.
She holds a master of music degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where she studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen and a bachelor of music degree from Seoul National University.
Watch for her name as summer music programming begins to appear in our paper and elsewhere in the area, as summer announcements begin to appear.