Holiday Concert Featuring Alumni’s
December 8th 2013 – 4:00 pm
University of Central Florida – Visual Arts Auditorium
12400 Aquaria Agora Drive, Orlando Fl 32816
Rachel Shepard, former student of Dr. Alvaro Gomez and alumna of the FYAO, is a native of Orlando, Florida. She recently completed her Masters of Music degree from Rice University in May 2013, studying with Kenneth Goldsmith. Rachel also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University, where she studied with Eliot Chapo. Rachel has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States and abroad. She has attended Aspen Music Festival studying with Paul Kantor, Roundtop Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Eastern Music Festival. In Europe, she has performed with American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and Schlern International Music Festival in Vols am Schlern, Italy. Rachel currently lives in Houston, Texas, where she performs and teaches throughout the greater Houston area.
Born in 1986 in Seoul, Korea, Brian Bak began studying the violin at the age of 7 after immigrating to the US in 1992. He received his Bachelor’s and Masters degrees at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Professors Hyo Kang and David Chan as a recipient of the C.V. Starr scholarship, The Arthur Tabachnick Scholarship, The Juilliard School Merit scholarship, and the Samsung scholarship award. Recently, he attended the Yale University School of Music, receiving the prestigious Artists Diploma. Brian’s former teachers include noted violinists Arthur Tabachnick, Alvaro Gomez, Thomas Moore, and Charles Pickler. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Tampa Bay Symphony, the Central Florida Philharmonic, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Boca Raton Symphony, the Florida Young Artists Orchestra, and the Sewanee Festival Orchestra. He has performed in masterclasses given by artists such as David Kim, Benny Kim, Almita Vamos, and Masao Kawasaki. In the summer of 2008, Brian was selected as a member for the Juilliard Orchestra’s tour of China. He has served as principal of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, Brian has played in groups coached by noted chamber musicians such as Earl Carlyss, Tobey Appel, Jerome Lowenthal, Rohan De Silva, and members of the Tokyo String Quartet. Brian is dedicated to bringing music to his community and has often performed in nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, and children’s hospitals as a member of Lincoln Center’s Community Outreach Program and as a recipient of the Gluck Fellowship. In past summers, Brian has attended the ENCORE school for strings, the Schlern International Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute, the Music Academy of the West, and the Great Mountains Music Festival and School.