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Violinist Dae Hee Ahn, a 2019 Center for Musical Excellence Artist, is a multitalented musician who has appeared on stages across United States and South Korea as a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestral player.


Starting with her first solo appearance with the Academic Youth Symphony at the age of 7, Dae Hee has appeared with multiple orchestras including 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 has also played in masterclass with the Emerson String Quartet, Tetzlaff Trio, and the Dover String Quartet.


A current DMA candidate at the Yale University School of Music under Ani Kavafian, Dae Hee Ahn was a guest lecturer at the Rutgers University and a frequent chamber instructor at the Bergen County Academies. She also plays with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as a substitute player and was a member of the New Haven Symphony until recently. While at Yale, she has served as a rotating concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of Maestros Peter Oundjian, Carolyn Kuan, and Shinik Hahm.


Together with her pianist sister, Dae Hyung Ahn, Dae Hee performs as the violinist of Duo Elim and is one of the founding members of the Viviere Chamber Players. With Sony Music Korea, Duo Elim released a CD of their own transcription of hymns in 2016, and recently released their 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 University’s School of Music. Named an ambassador of the Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Dae Hee performs on a Terry Borman violin, a loan made possible with the generosity of Cho Liang Lin.

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