Meet the
Ensemble

Jaewon Ahn
Jaewon Ahn

Korean-Canadian cellist Jaewon Ahn has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege to perform with many influential artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, and Axel Strauss. She has won numerous competitions in Korea and Canada, most notably the Strad competition and Canadian Music Competition. Jaewon has been a twice recipient of Barbara Wanner Scholarship and Lloyd Carr-Harris Scholarship which has led to various solo concert engagements including Canada’s Rising-Star Series.

An avid chamber and orchestral music enthusiast, Jaewon has performed in Japan with musicians of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestre National de Lyon and New York Philharmonic this past season. Her piano trio, Trio Armonioso, has been invited to perform at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Jaewon has recently been appointed as the new cellist of the VEM ensemble, graduate quartet-in-residence at the UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music for the 2019-21 season. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Prof. Antonio Lysy.

Hannah Chou
Hannah Chou

Hannah Chou began her violin studies at the age of five in Fremont, California. Her primary teachers include Yuan-Qing Yu, Mikhail Kopelman, and John Chisholm. Chou is currently a Master’s student at UCLA, pursuing a degree in Violin Performance with Varty Manouelian on a full scholarship. Previously, she received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Music Cognition from Northwestern University.

In her orchestral career, Chou has served principal positions in various ensembles and is currently the assistant concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony. She has also performed in the Sarasota Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and New World Symphony. Along with performing, she shares a passion for teaching and enjoys teaching students of all ages. As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Chou joins the VEM Quartet, UCLA’s graduate string quartet in residence, for the 2019-2021 season.

Alan Lee
Alan Lee

Violinist Alan Lee is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree from UCLA in Violin Performance, studying with both Movses Pogossian and Varty Manouelian. The New York native holds a Bachelor of Music degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School for Music and Performing Arts, where he studied with Cyrus Beroukhim and Gregory Fulkerson. Lee has studied under numerous teachers including Nigel Armstrong, Jeffrey Multer, Kikuei Ikeda, Peter Herresthal, Anne Lanzilotti, and Siliang Meng. He has appeared at several world-renowned concert halls including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage, and Weill Recital Hall.

Apart from performing, Lee has also taken an interest in artist management and becoming a music librarian. He has interned with Primo Artists, a classical music agency based in New York. Just recently, Lee was the music librarian and production assistant for the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He will continue to diversify his experiences in the music industry during his time at UCLA both onstage and off.

Sam Lorenzini
Sam Lorenzini

Violinist/Violist Sam Lorenzini, a native of Seal Beach, California,  began studying violin at 8 years old with Marcy Sudock. He has been the concertmaster of Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and has won the highest honors 4 years in a row at the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Sam has been the featured soloist with MSLMYSO and MSLMCO both locally and abroad and has performed in numerous international venues, including the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Sydney Opera House, and the Teatro Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Sam received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from UCLA where he studied with Margaret Lysy.  He then continued his education with a Master of Music degree in violin performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSULB where he studied with Henry Gronnier.  While pursuing his master’s degree, Sam served as a violist in the University String Quartet where he had the opportunity to participate in an intensive chamber music project with Midori Goto during the winter and spring of 2016.  The group had a routine in coaching and outreach performances with Ms. Goto, performing Britten’s 2nd string quartet. He is now returning to UCLA to pursue a second master’s degree, in viola performance studying under Che-Yen Chen.   Here, Sam will have the privilege of studying and promoting the richness of the Armenian musical tradition performing locally and abroad with UCLA’s VEM Quartet.

Danielle Segen
Danielle Segen

Praised for possessing “extraordinary expressivity, and a beautiful voice”, mezzo-soprano Danielle Segen is an emerging talent in the Los Angeles music scene. Danielle earned her Master of Music degree at the University of California Los Angeles, where she was seen regularly on the opera stage in productions including Cendrillon, Cosí fan tutte, Tragedy of Carmen, and the west coast premiere of William Bolcom’s Lucrezia.

Equally at home singing new compositions as she is performing from the standard repertoire of opera and art song, Danielle has been sought after to workshop, record, and perform new works. Recently she collaborated with composer Jeff Kryka to record the theme music for “Traces of the Brush,” a critically acclaimed documentary on world-renowned Chinese art historian and calligrapher Fu Shen, directed by Eros Zhao.

The last few years have seen Danielle performing alongside the VEM String Quartet, bringing Armenian art song to local schools and concert venues. As part of the VEM Ensemble Danielle has enjoyed concert tours both in North America and in Armenia, with their 2018-2019 season culminating in the greatly successful world premieres of Artashes Kartalyan’s “Tekeyan Triptych” and a new string quartet arrangement of Tigran Mansurian’s “Four Hayrens.”

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