Since its inception in 1995, the New York-based Sejong (formerly International Sejong Soloists) has established itself to be the premier, conductor-less string orchestra performing on major stages throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Envisioned as a "cultural ambassador" by Artistic Director Hyo Kang, this unique ensemble brings together individually distinguished solo and chamber musicians hailing from nine different nations: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States, in performances, documentaries, TV broadcasts, youth development activities, as well as philanthropic endeavors worldwide.
Renowned for its cohesiveness, beautiful sound, and refreshing musical style, highlights of Sejong include repeated performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center in US; Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London; Salle Gaveau in Paris, Suntory Hall in Japan, Seoul Arts Center in Korea and the National Arts Theatre in Taiwan among many. Sejong was ensemble-in-residence at the Aspen Music Festival from 1996 to 2005 and performed at Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, International Cello Festival in Manchester, England, La Jolla SummerFest in California, and Taipei International Music Festival in Taiwan. Currently, Sejong is the host ensemble for Great Mountains International Music Festival in South Korea. Sejong has released four albums including Sejong Plays Ewazen - works by Eric Ewazen - on the Albany Records label and Vivaldi's Four Seasons with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, released by Naxos in 2006. Sejong is regularly broadcasted on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and has made special appearances on CNN programs hosted by Paula Zahn.
Sejong is highly committed to creating new repertoire and forging new collaborations across different disciplines – commissioned new works include pieces from composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Behzad Ranjbaran, Sukhi Kang, Eric Ewazen and Jay Greenberg, to name a few.
Sejong has collaborated with artists such as Joshua Bell, Robert Blocker, Sarah Chang, Kyung Wha Chung, Vladimir Feltsman, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Sharon Isbin, Joseph Kalichstein, Garrick Ohlsson, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Jian Wang and Juilliard String Quartet. While performance is the ensemble’s main priority, Sejong holds music education in the highest regard when considering its contribution to the arts community. Sejong regularly performs outreach concerts and conducts master classes for students of all ages and levels.
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