Violinist Julian Rhee has been establishing himself as a prominent musician and performer across the United States.
The first prize winner of the Johansen International Competition in Washington DC, Julian was also awarded the Solo Bach, Commissioned Work, and the Elaine H. Klein Prize at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. In January of 2018, Julian was named a Finalist of the National YoungArts Foundation, and performed at the New World Center in Miami. Subsequently, Julian appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and received his medal at the White House. In the summer of 2018, Julian was named the winner of the Aspen Music Festival Violin Concerto Competition and was awarded the prestigious Dorothy Delay Fellowship.
An avid soloist, Julian made his Milwaukee Symphony debut at age 8, and has gone on to perform with orchestras such as the San Diego Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, and Madison Symphony. He has performed in an array of venues including Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall, Benedict Music Tent, the Overture Center for the Arts, The Musikverein in Vienna, and Bartok Hall in Hungary.
A passionate chamber musician, Julian’s performance on violin and viola earned him and his String Quartet first prize in the 2018 A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett and Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition, and Gold Medals at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition.
Julian studied with Almita and Roland Vamos as a scholarship recipient at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He is a graduate of Brookfield East High School as Class President and Valedictorian. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music degree with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory.
Violist Tabitha Rhee is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music degree at the Juilliard School where she studies with Misha Amory and Heidi Castleman, and is a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. Most recently, she won the 2019 Juilliard Concerto Competition and performed the Bloch Suite 1919 with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall under the baton of Maestro Peter Oundjian.
Tabitha is a recipient of the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship from the Musicians Club of Women and is the winner of the Society of American Musicians Young Artist Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Skokie Valley Symphony, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, Tabitha participated in the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program, and the Finckel-Wu Han Chamber Music Program at the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a New Horizons Fellow. In previous summers, Tabitha toured with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States and served as principal violist of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.
A founding member of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra, Tabitha also serves as an artistic assistant and sectional coach when she is home in Brookfield. Her prominent chamber coaches include Roger Tapping, Darrett Adkins, Samuel Rhodes, Laurie Smukler, and Natasha Brofsky, and she is a former student of Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. Tabitha will be participating in the 2019 Music@Menlo International Program.