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We are happy to collaborate with professional musicians in the area
Evan Flynn, Violin
Violinist Evan Flynn is a chamber musician and private teacher in the Lawrence and Kansas City areas. She has performed extensively nationally and internationally, notably with the Illinois Symphony and the Eutiner Festspiele Orchester in assistant principal positions. While studying at the University of Kansas, Ms. Flynn won the Kansas MTNA chamber music competition as a member of the Wakarusa Trio. Ms. Flynn has received chamber music training from renowned artists including the Pacifica Quartet, Miami Quartet, Parker Quartet, Arianna Quartet, Jupiter Quartet, and Fry Street Quartet, Frank Almond, and Michael Stern among others. She has attended many festivals including Midwest Young Artists, Madeline Island Chamber Music, and UW-Madison Summer Music. Ms. Flynn performs regularly with Violetta Strings, of which she is a founding member. Ms. Flynn holds Master of Music degrees in both Music Theory and Violin Performance from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her academic interests include synesthesia-based audio and visual arts, music and cognition, and post-tonal theory.
Erin Wood, Harp
Erin Wood joined the faculty of University of Kansas in 2011, having previously taught at University of Nevada Reno, Indiana University Southeast, and the Arts Institute in New Albany Indiana. She has served as the principal harpist of the Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Utah Festival Opera. Erin has enjoyed performing as a soloist and chamber musician for the Seventh World Harp Congress in Prague, the American Harp Society Summer Institute in Los Angeles, and the Harp Carnivale in New Orleans. She was a prize winner in the Prix Renie and National Society for Arts and Letters. In 2014 Erin was elected to serve on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Harp Society. Erin studied with Susann McDonald at Indiana University where she earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Harp Performance as well as being awarded the Performer's Certificate.
Sunnat Ibragimov, Cello
Sunnat Ibragimov has established himself as an artist of creativity, passion and technical command. He is one of the most prominent cellists to emerge from the Central Asian republics and has studied with many of the top artists of our time. He has performed live and on radio with major soloists, chamber musicians, orchestras and conductors. He performed with orchestras (“Soloists of Uzbekistan,” Uzbek National Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Shenyang Symphony, Hays Symphony, Southeast Kansas Symphony), chamber musicians (Shmuel Ashkenasi, Borromeo String Quartet); festivals (the Orford Music Festival in Montreal, Aspen Music Festival) and has worked under such prominent conductors as Carl St. Clair, Gerard Schwarz, John Nelson, Hugh Wolff and Robert Spano. In 2017 as a cello fellow he performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra under Joshua Weilerstein. Born in Tashkent, he began the cello at 7 and studied at the Glière State Music School and the Uzbek State Conservatory. Ibragimov earned a Bachelor of Music from Park University’s International Center for Music, where he studied with Martin Storey and Daniel Veis, and he continued, also on full scholarship, at the University of Southern California with Andrew Shulman and Ben Hong. Recently, he finished his Masters degree at the University of Kansas under the tutelage of Hannah Collins and Mark Gibbs. Currently, Sunnat Ibragimov is on the faculty at the Pittsburg State University.
En-Ting Hsu, Viola
A native of Taiwan, En-Ting Hsu completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the UMKC Conservatory, studying with Scott Lee. She received her Master of Music and Performer Diploma at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and obtained her Bachelor of Music degree at National Taiwan Normal University. As an orchestral musician, she has performed worldwide in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong. As a chamber music enthusiast, she has attended Eastern Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, Heartland Chamber Music Festival, and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Her string quartet has won first prize multiple times in the National Taiwan Music Competition. Currently, En-Ting serves as the principal violist in the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, viola instructor at the UMKC Conservatory Academy, and as lead teacher in the String Sprouts program whose mission is to provide music education and support school readiness to children ages three to eight in Kansas City.
Mandy Wang, Violin
Violinist Mandy Wang is the first prize winner of the 2015 MTNA Kansas State and West Central competition, third prize winner of the 2015 Enkor International Chamber Music Competition, honor prize of the 2016 Misbin Memorial Chamber Music Competition. Other competitions she got top prizes include 2010 Shandong Young Artist Competition and Golden Award of the Music Competition in Beijing. She has performed extensively as a soloist and member of the CNU String Quartet throughout Beijing and Shandong. From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Wang was frequently invited to perform in Japan, Korea and Taiwan with the Shandong Youth Philharmonic as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. In the summer of 2017 she performed in Aspen Music Festival under the baton of Ludovic Morlot of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and prominent British conductor Jane Glover, where she studied with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Robert Chen and Cornelia Heard. Also she was a member of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico in its inaugural season in 2017 where she got re-invited for their consecutive seasons.
Ms. Wang’s talent for music was noticed when she was very young. She began studying the violin at the age of 5 in Shandong. In 2007, She was admitted to the Beijing Capital Normal University (CNU) as a top student. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with the most prestigious scholarships. In 2018 Man Wang received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance at the University of Kansas, where she studied with Dr. Véronique Mathieu and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the university orchestra. In 2020 she received her Graduate Certificate from the University of Kansas in violin performance under the instruction of David Colwell. Currently, she is working on her Master of Music degree in viola performance studying with Boris Vayner. Since 2017 she is a faculty member at Ottawa University and performer-artist at NAVO Organization. In 2017 she joined the Community School for the Performing Arts in Manhattan, Kansas.
Sarah Lyons, Piano/Organ
Dr. Sarah Lyons is classically trained in both organ and piano, holding three performance degrees. Over the past two decades, Sarah has performed for hundreds of weddings, from liturgical worship to outdoor venues. She is experienced in a vast array of repertoire, including classical, musical theatre, pop, and sacred. An Illinois native, Sarah currently resides in Kansas City, where she maintains an active freelance schedule as a performer, accompanist, and teacher.
Evangeliya K, Piano
Evangeliya earned a DMA from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She is the laureate of the 22rd International Piano Ennio Porrino in Cagliari, Italy, the laureate of the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, Netherlands, the laureate of International Programme UNESCO “Young Virtuoso of XXI Century”.
She has performed in all the halls of Moscow Conservary, Moscow International Music House, Moscow Central Concert Hall “Russia”, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Armory Chamber of Kremlin, Alfred Cortot Hall and Hall Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Hall of the palace the UN in Geneva. She has performed in Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Switzerland, France, Greece, Japan and USA as a soloist and chamber musician. Evangeliya has also worked as collaborative pianist at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, commonly known as The Bolshoi Ballet Academy and at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Igor K, Violin
Igor has performed as a soloist at the Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, Moscow International Music House, Tchaikovsky Moscow Concert Hall and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the US. He has received many awards for his playing including 2012 Grand Prix at the 4th International Violin Competition in Astana, 2014 Second Prize at the 2nd Russian National Music Competition in Moscow, 2015 participated in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, 2017 Second Prize at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition in New York, and 2018 First Prize at the Naftzger Artists Competition in Wichita. He has earned BM and MM from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Since 2016, Igor has studied at the International Center of Music at Park University.
Sora Park, Piano
As a solo pianist and collaborator, Sora Park began winning awards and competitions at an early age. Graduating with honors from an elite performing arts high school and Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, Sora moved to the United States to continue her musical pursuits. In the States she won Western Illinois University’s Concerto Competition, performing the virtuosic Tchaikovsky Concerto no. 1, the Chancellor’s Concerto Competition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, performing the Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto, was awarded the American Prize, and took first place in the Artist Presentation Society Competition in St. Louis. Showcasing her lyrical playing and technical expertise, she was invited to perform in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for UMKC’s Crescendo, and was the representative pianist invited to the conservatory’s Inaugural Alumni Concert, highlighting the most accomplished of UMKC’s graduates.
Sora’s love for collaborative playing blossomed while in Seoul. Throughout her career she has accompanied several opera productions and choral ensembles, and has collaborated with numerous vocalists, instrumentalists, and conductors, including John Baril, Robert Bode, Ward Holmquist, Robert Olson, Charles Robinson, and Matthew Christopher Shepard. As an educator, Sora has taught privately for over 18 years, held a teaching assistantship at KU, served as director of KU’s Community Music School, and continues to maintain her own private studio.
Sora’s personal piano studies have been under the guidance of Hye Young Jeon, Tammie Walker, Robert Weirich, and Michael Kirkendoll, as well as master classes with Sergei Babayan, Andre Watts, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Dae-jin Kim, and Youngho Kim. Currently, Sora is working at Washburn University while completing her doctoral studies at the University of Kansas. In addition, she plays for several instrumental and vocal studios at KU and teaches privately. Recently, she has worked as staff accompanist at MidAmerica Nazarene University, performed with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble.