Byung-Kook Kwak

Photo of Byung-Kook KwakDescribed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times, “… a distinguished artist, the violinist Byung Kook Kwak brought warm, penetrating sound and tasteful expressivity…”.

Acclaimed as one of the finest violinists of his generation, Byung-Kook Kwak enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and educator. From coast to coast, critics have hailed him as a premier violinist whose musical gifts and technical wizardry are powerful and sensitive. Mr. Kwak has performed with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Scandinavia. Finalist and prize winner of many international competitions, he was featured on PBS Live from Lincoln Center as a member of the renowned Sea Cliff Chamber Players. He has taught at Mannes College for 10 years as an assistant to Aaron Rosand and is currently a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College, Queens College, and Nyack College. In addition, he also performs and gives master classes regularly in Seoul, Korea.

As a founder and artistic director of Solisti Ensemble, he has performed with the Ensemble in Stern Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, among many other performing arts center in east coast.

He has also been active as a choral conductor for over thirty years, and has lead countless performances of Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven 9th Symphony, as well as many of the major choral works with Central Presbyterian Church Choir where he is serving as a music director.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Mr. Kwak was hailed as a child prodigy. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 7 with the Seoul Philharmonic. After earning much accolade and winning prestigious competitions in his native country, Mr. Kwak came to the U.S. and, at age 12, became one of Jascha Heifetz’s youngest students. He earned both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay.