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The Dr. Shirley Linzy Young Artists Orchestra of Las Vegas - Yunior Lopez, Founder & Music Director
Yuri Cho, violin

A versatile violinist, Ms. Yuri Cho gave her first performance at age 10 at the winner’s concert of Korean Newspaper Music Competition in Seoul. Since entering the Menuhin School, she had the rare honor to perform the Brahms sextet with Lord Menuhin in Buckingham Palace at age 15 and was selected as a soloist and a Concertmaster of the Yehudi Menuhin Orchestra in the 1993 Europe tour with Lord Menuhin conducting.

Since then, her engagements have taken her throughout England, Europe, and Korea with orchestras such as the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Society Orchestra, the Redhill Symphony Orchestra, the Surrey Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Menuhin School Orchestra. As a recitalist, she was presented in Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Hall, Barbican Center, and in cathedrals, and churches throughout Europe and England. In 2000, Cho was selected and presented by the Eastman School of Music to play a New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall sponsored by the Messenger foundation.

Cho has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors. They include: first prize of the Han-Kook Violin Competition, sponsored by the Korea Times Newspaper, Ewha & Kyunghyang Concour, Surrey Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Yong Performing Artist Series’ Recital in Seoul Korea, the Young San Art Hall Recital Series sponsored by The Music Critics Association of Korea, the winner of the Louis Peskai Competition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, winner of the Redhill Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and winner of the prestigious Eastman School of Music Performer’s Certificate, to win in the same year the Eastman Concerto Competition performing Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra.

Cho began her musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She also earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music. She has completed all of her coursework for Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where she was also a teaching assistant of Zvi Zeitlin, Distinguished Professor of Violin. From 2010–2011, she was a lecturer at the Myung Ji University and Kook Min University in Seoul, Korea.

Brandon Buckmaster, violin

Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1986, Mr. Buckmaster began his violin studies at the Suzuki Violin Institute of the University of Evansville in 1991. His instructors quickly recognized in Mr. Buckmaster a remarkable musical temperament. Noted for his his exceptional talent, Mr. Buckmaster several years later was awarded a music scholarship after winning a regional concerto competition in Southwestern Indiana. In the following summers of 2001 and 2002 he attended the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. It was there in Northern Michigan he dedicated himself to mastering the violin after being deeply moved performing the Fourth Symphony of Brahms with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was eventually one of the few selected among several applicants to be mentored by William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. Observing Mr. Buckmaster’s extraordinary ability and potential, Mr. Preucil recommended him to the violin studio of internationally acclaimed Professor Mauricio Fuks, a highly sought after pedagogue at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. The following winter, accepted as the youngest student under the tutelage of Mr. Fuks, Mr. Buckmaster commenced studies
with the professor through the remainder of his high school studies. After accepting an invitation to attend the Royal Conservatory of Music, Mr. Buckmaster began his formal studies in Canada as an international student. A few years later he moved to New
York City after deciding to transfer to the Manhattan School of Music. As a concertmaster Mr. Buckmaster was featured, perhaps most notably, in a limited engagement with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in the production of the opera “La Campana Sommersa” by Ottorino Respigghi. And as a featured soloist, he has collaborated with the Evansville Philharmonic, UNC Charlotte Orchestra, The Orchestra of Central Piedmont College and the Peabody Conductor’s Orchestra in a performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto.

Mr. Buckmaster played an integral part in the 2012 North American premiere of the “Violins of Hope”, now memorialized as a PBS documentary. In this unique concert series, Mr. Buckmaster joined the Charlotte Symphony as a section violinist, and as a soloist he performed traditional Yiddish folk songs transcribed for violin and orchestra. It was an extraordinary honor for him to have had the opportunity performing on one of the very few violins recovered from the Holocaust concentration camps of World War II. Because of the extraordinary interest in the Violins of Hope from national news outlets, Mr. Buckmaster was noted and pictured in stories featured in The Hufffington Post, NPR News, Yahoo! News and Good Morning America. Soon after that, Mr. Buckmaster accepted an invitation to present a violin recital on behalf of the Violins of Hope organization in an intimate and exclusive performance in Canada for patrons of Musée de l’Holocauste Montréal.

Mr. Buckmaster holds a Masters in Music degree from the internationally renowned Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor in Music Performance and was unanimously voted alumni of the year by the faculty of the College of Arts and Architecture.

Yunior Lopez, viola

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Andy Smith, cello

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Moonlight Tran, cello

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Brycen Ingersoll, bass

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John Seaton, winds & brass

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Manny Gamazo, percussion

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