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Violinist Dae Hee Ahn has joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as a Section Second violinist since 2020. A year after joining the orchestra, she served as Acting Assistant Second Principal for a season (2021-2022). She is a multitalented musician who has appeared on stages across United States and South Korea as a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestral player. Before joining the Atlanta Symphony, she was a member of the New Haven Symphony and has served as a rotating concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of Maestros Peter Oundjian, Carolyn Kuan, and Shinik Hahm. Currently, she plays with the New York Philharmonic as a visiting substitute. 

Starting with her first solo appearance with the Academic Youth Symphony at the age of 7, Dae Hee has performed with the New Jersey Philharmonic, Livingston Symphony, and the High Mountain Symphony. She is the winner of the Oneppo Chamber Music Competition, Livingston Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the Mae and Fletcher Fish Young Artist Competition, and was named an alternate winner at the Yale School of Music Woolsey Concerto Competition. Throughout her career, she was featured on the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, CMS’s Rose Theater and Yonsei Kumho Arts Center for solo and chamber performances. As an ardent chamber musician, Dae Hee has collaborated with esteemed artists, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Robert McDonald and Vivian Weilerstein at Four Seasons Winter Workshop and Perlman Chamber Workshop. She also performed for members of the Emerson String Quartet, Tetzlaff Trio, and the Dover String Quartet.

With a doctoral degree in violin performance at the Yale School of Music under Ani Kavafian, Dae Hee teaches students at the Oxford College of Emory University. Concurrently, she spearhead a strings ensemble program at the Heritage Preparatory School in Atlanta, GA from 2020-2023. She is a passionate instructor who was twice invited as a guest lecturer at the Rutgers University. Furthermore, she frequently visits the Bergen County Academies as a visiting artist to work with performing arts music students. At Yale, she was a Music and Initiative teaching artist at Yale where she worked with music programs of elementary schools in the greater New Haven area.

Together with her pianist sister, Dae Hyung Ahn, Dae Hee performs as the violinist of Duo Elim - a group that performs not only repertories in the classical canon, but also their own transcriptions of hymns. With Sony Music Korea, Duo Elim released a CD of self-transcribed hymns in 2016, and a second album in 2019.

A former student of Catherine Cho and Sylvia Rosenberg, Dae Hee has a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and a master’s degree from Yale School of Music. Named an ambassador of the Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Dae Hee performed on a Terry Borman violin, a loan made possible with the generosity of Cho Liang Lin.

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