Andrew Kwon, violin

Andrew Kwon "Heartfelt splurge of virtuosity...a top-class performer" -Korea Times Los Angeles

Praised for his bold, no-compromise manner of playing as well as his sensitivity in ensemble settings, Andrew Dae Yun Kwon's virtuosity and charismatic stage presence has captivated audiences throughout the world. Born into a musical family, Andrew Kwon first began his studies on the violin in Korea with his father, who was a choir and orchestra director.

In the past few years, Andrew has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral performances in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall (New York), the US Library of Congress's Coolidge Auditorium (Washington DC), the Music Center at Strathmore (Washington DC), the Maison symphonique (Montreal), Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore), and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, as well as its Eisenhower Theatre and the Millenium Stage (Washington DC). He has performed as a soloist with the Pacific Philharmonic, Columbia Orchestra, the Landon Symphonette, youth orchestras in both Maryland and California, and as an orchestral musician with the Alexandria, York, Lancaster, and Mid-Atlantic Symphonies, as well as the Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, he has held concertmaster and principal positions in various ensembles including the Pacific Philharmonic, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre Symphonique d'Orford, the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute Orchestra, and the Peabody Concert Orchestra.

Andrew Kwon is a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Performance Fellow, where he coaches sectionals and rehearsals for the Youth Orchestra, as well as various chamber music ensembles. He is also a chamber music coach at the Peabody Institute Preparatory.

Studies have brought Andrew to the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studies with Herbert Greenberg and is the recipient of the Sylvia Friedberg Nachlas Endowed Scholarship and the Senator Millard E. Tydings Award. He is playing on a violin labeled "1854 Raffaele & Antonio Gagliano" (Naples) and a W.E. Hill and Sons bow (London), on loan from the Peabody Institute Instrument Collection.