Joann Whang — Cello
A Fullbright Grant recipient and first prize and audience prize winner at the Amsterdam Cello Biënnale Competition, Joann Whang has performed as a soloist with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, NJO New Music Ensemble, and the Dutch Youth String Orchestra, as well as performing in numerous festivals including Birdfoot (her third season!), Delft, Domaine Forget, Giverny, Grachten, and Storioni. She has also been broadcasted in the Netherlands on Radio 4 and public television station VPRO’s Vrije Geluiden.
Her affinity to contemporary music has led her to work closely with cellist Anssi Karttunen at the Acanthes Contemporary Music Festival in France and study works by composers-in-residence Tristan Murial and Beat Furrer. She performed music of young composers and collaborated with Magnus Lindberg at Creative Dialogue V, an inspiring workshop in Santa Fe led by Karttunen. During three seasons at NJO Muziekzomer, she worked with flutist Camilla Hoitenga and composer Kaija Saariaho on her solo cello and chamber music works, and was soloist for Dutch composer Martijn Padding’s cello concerto Last Words.
Ms. Whang often performed with Dutch contemporary ensemble, Asko|Schönberg, Viennese-based Solaris Duo, and is a founding member of Trio de Kooning. After returning to the United States, she became a founding member of the Argus Quartet and Artistic Associate at MUSE/IQUE, a nonprofit music organization in California.
Joann has participated in masterclasses of Jean-Guihen Queyras at the Concertgebouw, Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig at ENCORE School for Strings, Lynn Harrell and Alan Harris in Aspen, Jian Wang, and Ralph Kirshbaum. She began her studies with Metta Watts and Orlando Cole in Philadelphia and with Nancy Green in Tucson. After graduating from the Colburn Conservatory with Ronald Leonard, she pursued graduate studies with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music and Michel Strauss at the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague.