Meet the Artists
Artists in residence
Artistic Director / Violist
Violist Ching-Han Lin, born in Taiwan. He accomplished his master degree with the "distinguished" golden prize in viola performance under the renowned violist Nobuko lmai at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Later, he was granted the Post-Graduate Diploma ("Postgraduale") in Viola Performance from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg under Prof. William Coleman.
Ching-Han was awarded top prizes from the competitions, including Third prize in the International Anton Rubinstein Viola Competition in Germany, First prize from Music Competition of Taiwan, and so on. He was invited and appeared at celebrated festivals as soloist and chamber music musicians such as Kronberg Academy Festival, Salzburg Festival Academy, International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, Mendelssohn International Festival, Viola Space in Japan, the LLMM International Music Festival, and so on. In 2019, his CD album "Isang Yun Remembered", was released worldwide by the Contemporary Music Research Center of University of York, and lsang Yun Memorial Center in Berlin.
Since 2019, he has been assigned as the artistic director of the FuChan International Chamber Music Festival, meanwhile directing as well as performing at the upcoming concert series in 2020/21.
Executive Director / Violist
Violist Ziyu Shen since 2015 has been as a soloist at Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai. She is an official artist representing Gewa music.
Ms. Shen has already won numbers of major competitions. In 2013, she won first prize at Tertis International Viola Competition at age of 15. More first prizes include Johansen International Competition, Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York in 2014 when she started to join the roster for Young Concert Artist Management. Other top-prizes including Tokyo International viola Competition as well as Brahms International Competition.
Ziyu Shen started career with recitals in venues such as Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, Paris Louvre and Kennedy Center, Lincoln Centre in the USA and has been also regularly invited to perform in renowned festivals. She worked together such as András Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Yuri Bashmet, Steven Isserlis, Vadim Repin etc. She cooperated as solo viola with orchestras such as ORF-Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hr-Sinfonieorchester, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica Orchestra and New Japan Philhamonic Orchestra etc.
Currently she made her debut CD recording with Christoph Eschenbach and Ondine, being as soloist of Hindemith Kammermusik-series. Ziyu Shen plays a viola of P.A Testore 1740 sponsored by Deutschen Musikinstrumenten-fonds.
South Korean cellist Hayoung Choi was born in Bielefeld, Germany in 1998. At the age of thirteen she won the first prize at the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Austria, where she became the youngest winner in its history. She also won the first prizes at the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia and Justus Dotzauer International Cello Competition in Germany. During the Kronberg Cello Masterclasses she was awarded the "Landgrave of Hesse Prize" and "Leyda Ungerer Music Prize”. She recently won the First prize and two special prizes at the prestigious 3rd Krzysztof Penderecki International Cello Competition in Poland.
As a soloist, Hayoung Choi has performed with numerous orchestras such as Kremerata Baltica Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Barcelona Chamber Orchestra, London Trinity Labans Conservatoire Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic orchestra, Sungnam Philharmonic Orchestra and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Hayoung Choi performed with musicians such as Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Kim Kashkashian, Jörg Widmann, Mitsuko Uchida, Antoine Tamestit, Elena Bashkirova and Martin Helmchen. She has participated in masterclasses with Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Barenboim, Sir András Schiff.
Hayoung Choi began her musical education at the pre-college of Korean National University of Arts and later on she studied at the Purcell School of Music in England. Between she studied with Prof. Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy in Germany where she gained her Bachelor´s and Master´s degree. Since 2017 she has been continuing her studies at the Kronberg Academy with Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.
In 2012 Fumika Mohri won the first prize in the Seoul International Music Competition becoming the youngest ever and very first Japanese first-prize winner in the history of the competition. In 2015 she won the second prize in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the sixth prize in the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. In 2019 she won the third prize in the Montreal International Music Competition.
As a soloist, Fumika Mohri has performed with major orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kremerata Baltica and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has appeared in numerous music festivals and concert series such as the Takefu International Music Festival (Japan), the Cervo Festival (Italy) and the Kronberg Academy Festival (Germany), and has collaborated with eminent artists including Sir András Schiff, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Ilya Gringolts, Nobuko Imai, Tabea Zimmermann and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. She gave her debut recital at Kioi Hall, Tokyo in 2016.
Fumika Mohri was born in Japan in 1994 and began playing the violin at the age of three. She has studied with Kaori Tajiri, Sachika Mizuno, and Koichiro Harada. In 2014 she completed the Soloist Diploma Course of the Toho Gakuen School of Music. Since 2015 she has been studying at the Kronberg Academy with Mihaela Martin.
Kaoru Oe has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes, including the third prize at the The 10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart, the second prize at the International Anton Rubinstein Competition 2019, the first prize, the audience prize and five additional special prizes at the 2013 Music Competition of Japan.
As a soloist he has performed with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and so on. He takes part in the Heimbach Festival “Spannungen”, IMS Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove, Kronberg Academy Festivals, collaborating with Steven Isserlis, Sir András Schiff, and Christian Tetzlaff, among many others.
Born in Japan in 1994, he studied at Toho Gakuen Music College with Masafumi Hori and Keiko Urushihara, graduated Keio University, and completed his Masters at the Kronberg Academy with Christian Tetzlaff.
He plays a J.B. Vuillaume violin kindly loaned to him through the Beares International Violin Society.