January 31, 2020
Nadia Soree, harpsichord
Hyunsu Yoon, flute
Stephanie Shelden, cello
Harpsichordist NADIA SOREE began her formal piano training at the age of six at the Manhattan School of Music, Preparatory Division, studying with Rosetta Goodkind. Soree continued her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University with Ilana Vered, and received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a pupil of Martin Canin. As a pianist, she won prizes in numerous competitions, including first prize in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Auditions, and third prize at the Kosciusco Foundation Chopin Competition. While pursuing her Master of Music degree at Rutgers University, Soree turned her attention to the harpsichord, studying with Charlotte Mattax. She has enjoyed the opportunity to study, in master classes and privately, with prominent harpsichordists such as Gustav Leonhardt, Kenneth Gilbert, and Davitt Moroney. As a harpsichordist, Soree was a laureate of the harpsichord competition “Musica Antiqua” in Brugge, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention. She also received the Jurow Award at the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society International Competition, and won First Prize at the J.S. Bach International Harpsichord Competition in Montreal. Soree’s professional life took a different turn when she decided to study law. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and eventually joined the faculty of St. Thomas University School of Law, where she served as a Professor of Law. In 2018, Soree returned to music and to the harpsichord, and is currently a doctoral student and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, where she majors in Harpsichord Performance, under the guidance of Dr. Brad Bennight.
HYUNSU YOON is a flutist currently pursuing a DMA at the University of North Texas. Hyunsu is currently working with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy at UNT. His previous teachers are Tadeu Coelho, Amy Porter, Erika Boysen and Hiroshi Matsushima. Hyunsu has attended many masterclasses from world-renowned flautists such as William Bennett, Lady Galway, Kate Hill, Renate Greiss-Armin, Yossi Arnheim, Conor Nelson, Julien Beaudiment, Lee Jiyoung, and Jeffrey Khaner. He has a Post Graduate Professional Artistic Certificate at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts from UNCSA, Master’s Degree in Flute performance from the UNCG and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan.
Cellist STEPHANIE SHELDEN has a unique background of training, earning both a cello performance degree as well as a vocal performance degree from her alma mater Wichita State University (WSU). At WSU, Stephanie studied under Leonid Shukaev, the founding cellist of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, and participated in masterclasses with both the Harrington String Quartet and the Arianna String Quartet. A patriot for collaborative music, she spent a great deal of time both in the pit and on stage as a soloist for operas, performing in a piano trio, and as a continuo cellist in early music works. She attended both the MasterWorks Music Festival and the Zodiac Music Festival where she had the privilege of premiering Cody McVey's work, The Things I Know. Currently, Stephanie is pursuing her MM in cello performance at the University of North Texas under the instruction of Eugene Osadchy. She is the principal cellist of the Baroque Orchestra at UNT and will be performing with them at the Boston Early Music Festival this coming June. Stephanie also performs in numerous chamber ensembles of both modern and baroque instrumentation as well as in UNT’s Symphonic Orchestra.