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NLYO Performance 22-Jun-2012
New Life Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides outreach programs for talented and committed young
musicians. The foundation will help students grow in an environment where the focus is on outreach, performance
and collaboration. New Life Foundation guides young musicians in a musical atmosphere that inspires the members
to spread the love of Christ through music and to reach out to local communities as well as overseas. Also,
New Life Foundation will provide opportunities and encouragement to underprivileged orphans and young musicians
through music camps and competitions.
During Summer 2012, New Life Foundation traveled to South Korea for Mission. The mission included a summer camp and competition for orphans and outreach concerts by our youth orchestras and choirs.
Cellist Taeguk Mun was born in 1994 in South Korea where he started studying the cello at the age of four. He has been the 1st prize winner of various competitions, such as the 3rd Andre Navarra International Cello Competition and the International Competition for Young People in Oldenburg, Germany, and the Grand Prize winner of the National Sungjung Music Competition in Korea. He also won the prizes at the Johansen International Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.
Mun has played solo and ensemble performances in Korea, France, Germany, and the United States. He has collaborated with some renowned orchestras such as the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Daejin Kim and the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra and Toulouse Symphony Orchestra with Bruno Mantovani. He also has been selected to play for the Young Artist Lunch Concert Series at the Louvre Museum in France, in 2014.
Mun first started studying the cello with Young Rim Yang in Korea. After moving to New York in 2007, he attended the Juilliard School Pre-College Division as a full scholarship student of Minhye Clara Kim until 2012. He is currently studying with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory as a full scholarship student.
Born in 1997, Carmen Knoll began playing the piano at the young age of five. She studies piano under the instruction of Choong Mo Kang, and attends the Juilliard School of Music and Arts for the Pre-college division in New York. At the age of five, Carmen immediately felt passionate and entranced about playing and performing music. By the time Carmen reached the age of ten, she had already won over 25 national piano competitions and displayed an extremely developed array of accomplishments. Carmen quickly established herself as a dedicated pianist from a young age and continued to excel in developing herself as a pianist. She has been accepted to the 2013 Aspen Music Festival and School with a fellowship award. Carmen has won several international competitions including the 2013 6th Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition, the 2012 2nd Asia-Pacific International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, the 2012 Normann Juilliard Piano Scholarship Competition, as well as the LISMA International Music Competition. Additionally, Carmen was the second place winner of other various international competitions including the 2011 New York International Music Competition, as well the 2007 International Chinese Competition.
Apart from the impressive accumulation of awards and competition successes, Carmen also has an extended list of performance experiences. She had the privilege to perform under the baton of Kwak-Sung and the Daegu Symphony Orchestra in South Korea in 2012 and to perform in the LISMA International Music Competition Winner's Concert at The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater. She has also been featured in various solo recitals in the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center at Paul Hall, throughout the years of 2009-2012, as well as solo performances at the Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center. Beyond her passion for music and piano performance, Carmen is also a dedicated and devoted student who hopes to use her passion for music and to influence others and aid those in need.