Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 7:30pm

Reception at 6:30pm

Hoffman Auditorium, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford


HAYDN Armida Overture
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
MOZART Abduction from the Seraglio Overture
BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto
WISE Foundation Soloists


Celebrated by the Boston Herald for his performance of the Sibelius violin concerto in Boston. Following this performance, 25-year-old Hahnsol Kim made his debut in Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra in May 2014, as a result of winning the Juilliard Concerto Competition.

Born in New York in 1992, violinist Hahnsol Kim began his studies at the age of five.

He graduated from the Yewon School in Korea in 2008, and the Seoul Arts High School in 2011, where he studied with Ms. Hyunmi Kim. As a prizewinner of numerous competitions,

Mr. Kim won First Prize at Osaka International Music Competition in 2007, Sixth Prize at the International Violin Competition Sion Valais in 2009, and Third Prize at Dong-A Music Competition in 2010. He has performed all over the world, including Korea, Germany and the U.S.A.

As a chamber musician, Mr.Kim has performed with great musicians such as Charles Neidich from whom he also received coaching for Juilliard Chamberfest 2014. Mr. Kim has also been coached by brilliant musicians including Toby Appel, Timothy Eddy, David Finckel, Nicholas Mann and Roger Tapping.

Mr. Kim is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School where he received both Bachelor and Master of Music degree.


Leland Ko is a 19 year old cellist from Weston, MA.  He was most recently a disciple of cellist, teacher, and Cleveland Quartet co-founder Paul Katz of the New England Conservatory (NEC), and is now studying at Princeton University for his undergraduate studies.  Prior to that, Leland was a long-time student of Ronald Lowry.  In 2011, Leland was admitted to the Perlman Music Program (PMP) in New York – a place that has meant home to him ever since – run by Itzhak Perlman and his wife.  For six summers, Leland studied with Ronald Leonard, former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as with Merry Peckham, who helped cultivate in Leland an intense passion for chamber music.

From its founding until last year, Leland was also co-principal cellist of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO) under the leadership of Benjamin Zander.  With the orchestra, he has toured all across Europe – the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, and most recently Spain.  The BPYO has been an indispensable piece of the lives of Leland and countless others, as it has opened his eyes to new attitudes to both music and life.

Leland is also a dedicated tennis player (and even more of a dedicated tennis fan), having played competitively on the USTA circuit through much of his youth and serving as a stalwart on his high school’s team as well as the Princeton club tennis team.  In the last few years, Leland has also become a distance runner, which conveniently complements his other passion for eating (and cooking) food.

Simon Péter Várallyay was born in Budapest, Hungary on July 29th, 1997.

At the age of 6 Simon began his studies at Pátzay János Music School in Gyöngyös, Hungary, where he spent twelve years under the instruction of Róbert Várallyay. The first nine years were spent working with piano, while the last three were spent in the organ course. In the midst of this, between 2010 and 2011 Simon also took part in a special program of Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music, in Budapest, with piano teacher Balázs Kecskés. From 2012 to 2016, Simon took the piano main course from Béla Bartók as well under the guidance of Zoltán Fejérvári and Erzsébet Kőrösiné Belák.

Last year Simon was a first year student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, studying piano from András Kemenes and chamber music from Zoltán Fejérvári.

Over the years, Simon has won numerous different prizes from his experiences taking part in several national music competitions in Budapest and Hungary.