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  © Wulf Schaeffer, Shin-Joong Kim, Michael Keating

Tae-Hyung Kim , Piano
Jehye Lee, Violin
Samuel Lutzker, Cello

»Along with the extraordinary soloistic capabilities of the three players, one was also
astounded by their highly refined sense for transparency and balance of sound, as well
as by the presence of that very spirit of what
playing chamber music together can mean« (Sueddeutsche Zeitung)

»The three didn't simply perform this work, but were irrepressible ambassadors
conveying the joy of music itself« (Allgäuer Zeitung)

The TRIO GAON, formed in 2013, was created with the idea of bringing together three musicians with very different cultural and professional backgrounds who share a common vision.

This vision is metaphorically represented in the name of the TRIO. The Korean word GAON ( 가 온 ) has two different meanings: »Center of the World« and »Generating Warmth«. Both of these meanings can be connected to a concert performance in which the musicians aspire to make the musical work the 'center of the world' at that moment and through the 'vessel' of music to convey and generate warmth and energy.

The Munich-based TRIO GAON was formed in 2013. Together the three musicians completed their chamber music degrees at the Conservatory of Munich, and were taught by Ana Chumachenco, Friedemann Berger and Christoph Poppen. As participants of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) they are continuing to refine their chamber music education.

The young ensemble has won prizes at influential competitions. Most recently it was awarded the first prize with two special prizes at the renowned international chamber music competition in Trieste, Italy Premio Trio di Trieste. It has also won the third prize at the international Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna and the Music Prize of Kulturkreis Gasteig e.V. where they achieved the highest ranking of the entire competition.

The TRIO GAON has performed regularly in Germany, Belgium, Austria and Korea, presenting a highly diverse repertoire in prestigious concert halls such as the Munich Gasteig Philharmonic Hall and the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul.


Tae-Hyung Kim, piano
is viewed as one of the most promising pianists of his generation. He received his early musical education in Korea. At a young age he moved to Munich to study with the acclaimed pianist and teacher Elisso Wirssaladze, with whom he continued to refine and complete his studies and musical development at the Moscow Conservatory of Music, after his graduation in Munich.
He is a laureate of many international competitions, such as the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Competiton, the Long-Thibaud competition and the Concours Grand Prix Animato. He has been regularly invited to appear as a soloist by many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra and performs throughout Europe and Asia.

Jehye Lee, Violin
has been the concertmaster of the second violins in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2015. Previously she had been holding the position of 1. concertmaster of the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

At the age of seven, she started playing the violin as a student of Professor Nam Yun Kim at the Korean National University of Arts. Subsequently, she continued her studies with Professor Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA, where she graduated in 2009. In 2010 Jehye Lee took part in Chamber Music Connects the World. From 2010 to 2012 she studied as a Young Soloist at Kronberg Academy with Ana Chumachenco. These studies were funded by the Gingko Stipendium.

Jehye Lee has been honoured with numerous awards in various international competitions. She won third prize at the International Violin Competition Sion Valais in Switzerland (2002) and at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in the United Kingdom (2004). In 2005 she was awarded the second prize at the Prague Spring International Competition. The same year she won first prize, along with the audience and Sarasate prizes at the Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition in Spain. In May 2009 she won first prize as well as the audience and chamber music awards at the Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg, Germany. In 2011 she was awarded the third prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and also won a price for the best chamber concerto performance.

As a solo performer, Jehye Lee has appeared with the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, the Bilbao Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Radio Orchestra. She has also performed in major venues as the Seoul Arts Center, Jordan Hall in Boston, Dvorák Hall in Prague, Victoria Hall in Geneva, or the Grand Théatre de Bordeaux. As a chamber musician, Jehye Lee is a regular guest at numerous festivals. She has worked and performed with musicians such as Menahem Pressler, Laurence Lesser, Frans Helmerson, gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko und Miriam Fried.

Jehye Lee plays a Nicolo Bergonzi violin (1760).

Samuel Lutzker, Cello
has been a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich since 2014. After early musical studies with Claus Reichardt, he then studied in Berlin with Jens Peter Maintz and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

He has received scholarships from the German National Scholarship Program, the Villa Musica Foundation, the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation, and been awarded prizes at national and international competitions such as the Chachaturian Competition, the Bodensee Competition, and the competition of the Sinfonima Foundation.

He has performed as a soloist in different concert halls of Germany and other European cities.

As a dedicated chamber musician he has performed at various Festivals throughout Europe and collaborated with distinguished artists, such as Lynn Harrell, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Thomas Riebl, Atar Arad and Nina Tichman. As the cellist of the Tango Argentino ensemble »Quinteto Angel« he has been playing concerts in authentic Argentinean Tango style in many countries.

He plays a Cello by Ragnar Hayn in Berlin.



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