First Prize winner at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biënnale Competition, cellist Joann Whang has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States. She has performed with Dutch contemporary ensemble, Asko|Schönberg, the Vienna-based Solaris Duo, Trio de Kooning, and cellist Anssi Karttunen. Solo engagements include performances with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the NJO New Music Ensemble, and the Dutch Youth String Orchestra. A champion of contemporary music, Joann has worked with some of the most influential composers and new music performers across the globe, including Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, Martijn Padding, Christopher Theofanidis, and Andrew Norman. Joann studied with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music, and Michel Strauss at the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague, and is a 2009 Fulbright grant recipient to France.
Joann is the founding member of the Argus Quartet. They have held residencies at the Yale School of Music, Juilliard School, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and James Madison University, as well as First Prize winners at the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.