Sing Ing Ho, Piano
Ms. Sing Ho was born in Taiwan and came to America when she was 18. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College where she studied with Morey Ritt. She subsequently received a Professional Studies degrees in piano from Mannes College, the School of Music in New York, where she studied with Diane Walsh. While at Queens College Ms. Ho received numerous awards and scholarships, and was an accompanist for the Choir/Choral Society under Dr. Robert White and Dr. Lawrence Eisman. She also performed with the Violin and the Wind Repertoire Ensembles under the direction of Daniel Phillips and Ronald Roseman at Queens College. She had toured with the Canticum Novum vocal ensemble as an accompanist under Harold Rosenbaum. Ms. Ho has also performed extensively throughout Europe, specifically in noted concert halls in Salzburg, Vienna, London and at the Saracusa Summer Music Festival in Sicily.
Ms. Ho had a Suzuki piano training at Trinity College in Chicago. In years 2006, Ms. Ho was trained under Lisha Papert Lercari in the "Music and the Brain" program in NYC, specialized in the piano group teaching. Ms. Ho was the former piano faculty at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College. She is currently a piano teacher at Stony Brook School, Suzuki on the Island and Music director at Calvary Lutheran Church of East Meadow Long Island.
Janet Holmes, Cello
Janet Holmes, Cellist, was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Baldwin, L.I., where she began her cello studies with Carol Purdy and Aaron Shapinsky. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music as a student of Barbara Stein Mallow, and studied subsequently with Timothy Eddy and Evangeline Benedetti. A winner of the college concerto competition, she performed the Schumann Concerto with the Queens College Orchestra under the direction of Maurice Peress. Her numerous chamber music performances include several seasons at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, ME, one of the oldest and most significant chamber music programs in the country.
Having always found great joy in teaching, Ms. Holmes began her teaching career at the age of fourteen. She is a former faculty member of The Friends Academy and Portledge School, and the Suzuki Programs at C.W. Post and Queensborough Community College. In 2006 Ms. Holmes received an Advanced Certificate in Music Education from Brooklyn College. She has been a member of the applied music faculty at Suffolk County Community College since 2010.
Hyunju Ji, Violin, Viola
Violinist Hyunju Ji has moved audiences in her native South Korea, Canada and the United States with her violin performances. An avid collaborator, Ms. Ji has played with numerous orchestras and chamber groups. She served as the concertmistress at the LIU Post Orchestra. She regularly performs with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra and One World Symphony Orchestra. Her recordings include Nick Chapman’s Symphony No. 1 and Majid Khaliq’s Sound of Flower. She just played at NJPAC with Mr. Khaliq for 4 sold-out shows. In 2016, she joined Traumerei Piano Trio. They performed several concerts in their inaugural season, including a performance at the Queensborough Community College Performing Arts Center, and a sold out concert at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music.
Ms. Ji received both her Bachelor of Music (with Summa Cum Laude) and Masters of Art degrees in violin performance and music history/ literature from LIU Post. She was awarded scholarships from Dong-A University, Tongbaek Rotary Club (Korea) and LIU Post. Ms. Ji has also participated in masterclasses, where notable musicians from the Emerson String Quartet, NY Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra residency taught. She currently teaches violin at Waldorf School of Garden City, Love Violin for Children USA, Inc. and serves as a mentor with Kammermusik
Akari Yamamoto, Clarinet
Born in Tokyo, Japan, AKARI YAMAMOTO is an active freelance clarinet player and teacher currently based in New York City. In addition to her frequent orchestral engagements, she is an avid chamber music player and a member of the Eastern Winds woodwind quintet, a recent winner of the Artists International 2005 Young Artists Chamber Music Award. She attended the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo where she earned her BM. Upon graduation, she was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship and moved to New York in 2000 to further her music studies at SUNY at Purchase where she earned her MM. Akari has participated in many music festivals around the world including the Martha Argerich Music Festival in Japan (where she played under the esteemed conductor Myung-Whun Chung), the Kirishima International Music Festival (Japan), Sarasota Music Festival (Florida), and the Bayreuth Young Musicians Festival (Germany).
Her teachers include Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich.