Quartet Vector 218, the Peabody classical guitar quartet under the direction of Julian Gray that includes a doctoral candidate, a masters student and two recipients of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowed Scholarship, will bring a program of Bizet, Gershwin, Regondi, Giuliani, Brouwer and more to the Mainstay in Rock Hall Maryland on Sunday April 26 at 4:00 p.m. The program is part of the Mainstay’s concert series “The Byrd Series: Celebrating Charlie’s 90th.” Admission is $15.
Quartet Vector 218 combines the talents of four of The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s finest classical guitarists, Young Ik Jang, Andrew Marino, Young Jun Lim and Young Won Kim, all of whom study under the internationally known guitarist Julian Gray. Their program will feature the quartet playing “Three Preludes” by George Gershwin and “The Carmen Suite” by Georges Bizet. Each member of the quartet will also play solo pieces including works by Asencio, Dowland, Ponce, Guiliani, Regondi, Piazzolla and Brouwer.
Baltimore, MD based guitarist and teacher Andrew Marino has performed throughout his native New York State, Maryland, and beyond as a soloist and in chamber groups. Recent performances include recitals at The Walters Art Museum and Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Baltimore, and performances for Baltimore Musicales of the First Christian Church and at the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York. He is a prizewinner in several competitions, including the Crane School of Music Chamber Music Competition and Appalachian State University’s GuitarFest Competition. An active teacher in the Baltimore/DC area, he is on the faculty of the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD and Cockeysville Music Education Center in Cockeysville, MD. He also teaches the Guitar Methods course at Peabody to music education majors and graduate certification students. Marino holds the degree of Master of Music in Guitar Performance/Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory where he was awarded a full assistantship. He graduated summa cum laude from the Crane School of Music of the State University of New York at Potsdam with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance and currently studies with Julian Gray in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Peabody Conservatory where he is a full-time graduate assistant.
Korean guitarist Young Ik Jang was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Korea at age six. He started classical guitar at age 10 and also studied violin, piano, clarinet, and computer music. At age 11, he began classical guitar studies with Byeong-Woo Lee, who became his musical mentor. Since then he has performed frequently as a soloist and member of a guitar quartet. He won first prize in the Seoul Baroque Competition in 2004. He received his Bachelor of Music from Peabody in 2013. Young Ik is now pursuing a Master of Music in Julian Gray’s studio at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University with a Graduate Assistantship award.
Young Jun Lim is 21 years old and a junior at Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University where he is pursuing his bachelor in Classical Guitar Performance in the studio of Julian Gray. He has been studying classical guitar for 7 years. He graduated from Freedom High School in Loudoun County VA and was a student of Mr. Samuel Wong to whom he credits his strong inspiration and passion for classical guitar. Young is currently studying under Julian Gray and is a recipient of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Guitar. He has won high school competitions and has been an open division semi-finalist in national guitar competitions. He received the award for Excellence in Art from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and has performed multiple times at the Kennedy Center as chamber and solo performer.
Young Won Kim is a guitarist from South Korea. He began his studies at nine years old on the violin, and then switched to Classical guitar to study with Dae-Kun Jang, an internationally known guitarist. He started winning competitions at the age of twelve, and won first-prize in the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Competition in 2011. Young Won is now pursuing Bachelor of Music Degree in the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in the studio of Julian Gray, supported by the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street.
For information and reservations call the Mainstay at 410-639-9133. More information is also available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.