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Biography - September 2019

The Golden Bear Trio was formed in 2018 at UC Berkeley by Jolie Huang (piano), Billy Fang (violin), and Emiel Cockx (cello), and is coached by Leighton Fong. They performed at the semi-finals of the Coltman Competition in Austin, Texas and were the winners of the 2019 Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, Washington. 

Pianist Jolie Huang (°1998, United States) is a third-year undergraduate double majoring in Music and Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurobiology at UC Berkeley. She studies piano under Jeffrey Sykes and has previously studied with Tien Hsieh and Sylvia Hsieh. Notable award include 2016 YoungArts winner, San Jose International Piano Competition finalist, and UCBSO concerto winner. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Adamant Music School and has studied with Ann Schein, Anton Nel, Dmitry Rachmanov, and Willard Schultz. She has been actively involved in chamber music, having worked with several ensembles at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and UC Berkeley.

Billy Fang (°1993, United States) is a PhD student studying statistics at UC Berkeley. He currently studies violin with Antoine van Dongen, and has previously studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus, Hong-Guang Jia, and Laura Kobayashi. He has been a member of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra since 2015, and is currently its concertmaster. As a solo violinist, he has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the China Broadcasting Performing Arts Orchestra. He was also a violinist in the Polaris Quartet, who won first prize in the junior division of the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and performed on NPR's From the Top radio show. As a former member of the Princeton University Orchestra and the Starling Chamber Orchestra, he has performed orchestral and chamber music repertoire in Austria, China, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Emiel Cockx (°1997, Belgium) is currently earning his Master of Architecture at UC Berkeley. He recently finished his undergraduate degree in Belgium, where he combined a Bachelor of Arts in Cello at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with a double major in Architecture and Civil Engineering at KU Leuven University. Both as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles, he traveled all over the world with his cello, performing in countries such as Finland, France, Italy and the United States. Emiel has collaborated with different musicians like the Swedish House Mafia and Pete Byrd, and had the chance to be coached by a wide range of cellists, including Raphael Wallfish, Marko Ylönen and Roel Dieltiens. Notable awards include Talent der Lage Landen (2015) and the Amedee Prize (2016 and 2017). He currently enjoys cello lessons by Jonathan Koh, sponsored by the Sheldeen G. Osborne Performing Arts Fund. 

Biographies - September 2015

Sophie Baird-Daniel, harp           
SophieHarpist Sophie Baird-Daniel can be heard performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestral member in and around her native Seattle, in addition to Canada and the rest of the United States.  In 2011 Sophie was a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and joined them on their tour of Mexico.  Her other orchestral engagements have included the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and Houston Symphony.  In Oct. 2012, she performed Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra.  As a chamber musician, Sophie plays regularly as Duo 51 with violinist Rebecca MacLeod, and in larger ensembles.  In 2010 she performed Debussy’s Trio Sonate with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Sophie’s harp pedagogues include Isabelle Perrin, Nancy Allen, Catherine Michel, and Natalia Shamayeva.  In 2010, Sophie was awarded 1st runner-up at the American Harp Society’s Anne Adams Awards.  She recently completed both Artist and Performance Diplomas at the Glenn Gould School of the RCM under the tutalage of Judy Loman.

Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, piano
JovanniFilipino-American pianist Jovanni-Rey V. de Pedro enjoys an artistic career that has brought him to concert venues and musical institutions on five continents. He is a prizewinner of numerous competitions including the Pacific Piano Competition (Canada), Ibiza (Spain), Fidelio (Austria), American Protégé (USA), and the Beethoven Society of Europe (UK). He has presented for MTNA, the College Music Society, EPTA/WPA, and the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, and is the founder and committee chair for the MTNA Piano Pedagogy Symposium, a national conference for collegiate students. He holds degrees from the Vienna Conservatory of Music, Trinity College of Music in London, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. Currently, Jovanni is Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and co-director of the preparatory division at the University of Idaho.

Biographies - September 2014


Jeff Siegfried is emerging as a unique voice in his generation of saxophonists. His recent solo endeavors include concerto performances with the University of Portland Wind Ensemble, the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, and the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” Siegfried has appeared with the New World Symphony on multiple occasions. He was selected to play orchestral saxophone in the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.  Siegfried was a finalist at the 2012 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition. He won second place in the 2014 Carmel Music Society Young Artist Competition and 2nd prize at the NASA and MTNA chamber competitions. He is a Luminarts fellow in classical music.

clarinetBenjamin Adler
Originally from New York City, Mr. Adler is currently a freelance performer and private teacher in the Los Angeles area.  Benjamin was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and has performed with such orchestras as the Aspen Chamber Orchestra and the Green Bay Symphony.  Mr. Adler currently holds the position of principal clarinet of the Debut Symphony and Assistant Principal Clarinet of the American Youth Symphony.  Benjamin will be joining the prestigious Colburn School this coming fall in pursuit of an AD.  Mr. Adler has received an MM from USC and a BM from Northwestern University.

Biographies - 2014

Bede Ryan Bede, guest vocalist, baritone, performs this season with Tacoma Opera as the Pirate King in The Pirates Of Penzance, Skagit Opera as Falke in Die Fledermaus, and Vashon Opera as Albert in Werther. Other recent engagements have included several appearances as Schaunard in La Boheme, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera Northwest and the Astoria Music Festival, and both Marquis d'Obigny and Baron Douphol in La traviata. He was also an apprentice artist with Opera New Jersey during the 2012 season, where he sang Bill Bobstay in HMS Pinafore. Mr. Bede frequently appears with the Seattle Opera Guild as a principal preview artist, and is also a member of the Seattle Opera Chorus. He received his training at the University Of Puget Sound, the University Of Washington (where he studied with renowned soprano Jane Eaglen) and at the Institut für Europäische Studien in Vienna, Austria. He is now on the faculty of the Community Music Department at the University Of Puget Sound, in addition to teaching privately in Tacoma and Federal Way. For more information on upcoming performances, please visit Ryan Bede.


Erika Pierson, cellist, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Indiana University, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan. Erika also studied in Berlin at the Hochschule der Kunste and in London under Eileen Croxford. She has worked under world-renown teachers including Richard Aaron, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Markus Nyikos, and Erling Blondal Bengtsson. In addition to soloing with orchestras in Berlin, Ann Arbor and Edmonds, WA, she has performed solo recitals in London, England; Berlin, Germany; Catalonia, Spain; and Seattle, WA. Erika currently holds the position of principal cellist of Pacifica Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the Bella Sala String Quartet.

RoseRose McIntosh, guest violinist, a Seattle native, attended Seattle Pacific University where she studied under Ilkka Talvi. Past teachers include Louanne Lotz, Marjorie Talvi, Alan Bodman at the Meadowmount School of Music, and Soh-Hyun Park Altino at the Masterworks Festival. Ms. McIntosh has performed as a soloist with the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra on their European Tour in 2005, with the Thalia Symphony in 2009, and performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Seattle Pacific University Orchestra in 2012. She has also played in the Lake Union Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Concertmaster), Rainier Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, and currently plays with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. In addition to orchestral performing, Ms. McIntosh maintains a private studio and teaches and coaches at various schools in Seattle, Shoreline and Edmonds.

JennJennifer Glenn, violist, has performed throughout the United States, Austria, China and Mexico. She received her Bachelors in Viola Performance from the University of the Pacific, and Masters in Viola Performance from the University of Arizona . She did further studies in Vienna, Austria . Her primary teachers include Joyce Ramee, Dr. Michael Allard, Hong-Mei Xiao, and Gertrude Rossbacher, former violist with the Berlin Philharmonic. Currently free-lancing throughout Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, Jennifer regularly performs with the Yakima and Federal Way Symphonies, Seattle Choral Company, Puget Sound Concert Opera and is violist with the Bella Sala quartet. She is also involved in film and videogame soundtrack recordings, coaching chamber music at Academy of Music Northwest and is viola coach for Cascade Youth Symphony.


Pamela Liu, violinist, has been in demand as a performer and pedagogue since returning to the Northwest six years ago. She received her Bachelors in Violin Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and was a member of the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, Taiwan, before attending the University of Washington where she received a masters Degree in Violin Performance. She serves on the faculty at Music Works Northwest where she chairs the chamber music program. She is devoted mentor to young musicians, Ms. Liu coaches and teaches with The Academy of Music Northwest, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Musicworks NW. Ms. Liu is the concertmaster of the Cascade Symphony, studio recording musician with SEATTLEMUSIC, and part of the violin-guitar duo, Tutti Dolce, with husband Chris Liu.

January 12, 2014 - Stephen King gave a very successful performance previously on the Second Sunday Series, and we are very happy to welcome his return to the Series.
Born and raised mostly in Texas, he began playing piano under the tutelage of several wonderful piano teachers. However, he attributes his most formative years to his study with Dr. Arthur Houle (piano professor at Albertson College) while living in Eagle, Idaho for a few years.
Stephen moved to Oklahoma for his college career and first attended Oklahoma Baptist University where he obtained a Bachelor of Music - Organ Performance degree. Realizing the difficulty of a stable family life as a musician, he decided to pursue a degree in pharmacy. Stephen then attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he earned his Pharm.D.
After graduating, Stephen sought a job in the Pacific Northwest and was hired as a pharmacist for Safeway. Stephen is father to a 5 year-old son, Aidan, and spends his free time collecting organs and exploring his recent interest in photography.

Biographies - 2012 - 2013


Li-Ling Liao was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She attended Ecole d'Humanite in Switzerland at the age of sixteen and also studied violin with Daniel Dodds at the Lucerne Conservatory. She then studied violin with Lynn Chang at the Boston Conservatory before completing a Master’s degree and graduate diploma at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying violin with famed pedagogue Eric Rosenblith and chamber music with James Buswell IV. Ms. Liao completed her studies at the University of Maryland, receiving her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Dr. James Stern.

Ms. Liao has appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver BC, Dallas American Asian Youth
Orchestra at the Eisman Center in Dallas , several occasions with the Taipei Century Symphony and the Taipei Century Youth Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Taipei Taiwan, performances which were received warmly by her home country.

Ms. Liao has been invited frequently to perform as a soloist and a chamber player at the International Musical Arts Institute in Fryeburg, Maine. Amongst Ms. Liao's numerous performances are those in famed concert halls in Vancouver, Boston, Washington D.C., Dallas, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Since moving to the Vancouver area, Ms. Liao has played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra , the North Shore Sinfonia, and is currently associate concertmaster of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra. She is also the first violinist of the Pacific Rim String Quartet.

Ms. Liao is a faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the Langley Community Music School.


Since the age of 4 violinist Jae-In Shin has dedicated her life to music, distinguishing herself as a promising young artist and performing extensively throughout Europe, America and Asia since her debut at the age of 10. She has studied at the Korean National University of Arts, the Seoul Arts High School, Yonsei University(BM), Yale university(MM) on full scholarship, and the UW(DMA).

Jae-In has won numerous competitions, including the Baroque String Competition, the Carmel Instrumental Competition, the Don Bushell Competition, and the CBS Music Competition. She has been a two-time winner of the Music Society Competition.

She has made solo appearances with the Seoul Symphony, the Daejeon Philharmonic, the Gloria Chamber Ensemble, the Washington Idaho Symphony, the UW Symphony, and the Seattle Philharmonic.


Ie Jin Rhee was born in Korea, and started playing piano at age five. She made her orchestral debut at age 16 with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and was selected as a soloist to perform with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in its "Rising Star" series at the Eastman Theatre. She has won prizes in numerous competitions including the USC competition, the RPO Competition, and the Coeur Symphony competition. Her many prestigious scholarship awards include the USC Dean's Scholarship and the Juilliard Alumni Scholarship. She is a member of the JIAT Trio which won the Utah Chamber Competition and performed in Libby Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City this season.

Ms. Rhee received her Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music where she was awarded a Performer’s Certificate. She earned her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Julian Martin and Thomas Schumacher. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California, where she is an Assistant Lecturer and a full scholarship recipient and studies with Norman Krieger.

2011 - 2012

Stephen King is a young organist who has moved to Yakima within the past two years, having completed his organ studies at Oklahoma Baptist University. He has substituted at Englewood a number of times, and we have found his playing to be fresh and very interesting. We think that you will enjoy hearing Stephen’s perspective on the organ.

Since the completion of Englewood’s organ expansion project in 2010, we have enjoyed hearing our new instrument every Sunday during our church service. We look forward to any opportunity to present it to the larger music community. We hope you will come to hear Stephen King playing it on the third Sunday of the month, April 22.

EstherFlutist Esther Fredrickson is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree with Molly Barth at the University of Oregon. She received her Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Michel Debost. Highlights from her diverse career include premiering a work by Steve Reich with new music ensemble eighth blackbird, teaching at a music camp in Panama, performing with the Oberlin Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and studying in Australia for a semester. Away from her flute, Esther enjoys backpacking and exploring the outdoors with her fiancée, Kenny.

RajungBorn in Seoul, Korea, Rajung Yang began her piano studies at the age of four. She received her B.M. and M.M. in Piano from Seoul National University. In 2003, she moved to the United States to continue her graduate study at the University of Michigan. Rajung received her second M.M. and D.M.A. in Piano Performance under tutorage of Arthur Greene and Logan Skelton. Additional studies include collaborative piano with Martin Katz and harpsichord with Edward Parmentier. Rajung has won several top prizes in national and international competitions Subsequent performances include recitals in New York Carnegie Hall, Boston, Washington D.C., Virginia, and other major venues in Italy. In 2007, she won the University of Michigan Concerto Competition and also won third prize at the William Byrd International Competition, She is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music.

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