Amara Trio

Winner of 2024 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition

Rebecca Clarke Piano Trio
Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67
Franz Schubert Piano Trio in B-flat Major, D. 898

Amara Trio was formed at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival during the summer of 2023. What ensued was some of the most meaningful artistic and personal experiences of their lives, stemming from a deep love both for the music they played, for each other and from the unbridled joy found in sharing this with those around them.,

Since Kneisel Hall, The Amara Trio has performed in Prior-Jollek Hall in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and Paul Hall at the Juilliard School. The trio is passionate about community engagement and often share their love of music in the Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and retirement homes in New York and New Jersey.

The Amara Trio is continuing their studies at the Juilliard School as an Honors Chamber Group, under the guidance of Laurie Smukler and Joel Krosnick.

About the Musicians

Since Christina Nam‘s solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age 9, she has concertized around the world appearing in recitals and as a soloist with numerous orchestras. Recipient of many accolades, both at international and national competitions, Ms. Nam, as the youngest competitor at age 14, received Second Prize in the Cooper International Violin Competition where she appeared with Maestro Jahja Ling and the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

Other notable international recognition include semi-finalist at the Louis Spohr International Competition and at the Johansen International Competition and participated in the Menuhin Competition 2018 Geneva. Ms. Nam is winner of numerous national competitions including the Overture Awards, 2019 National YoungArts and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Ms. Nam has worked with prominent conductors such as Louis Langrée, Robert Trevino, Keitaro Harada and Cristian Macelaru. She has played in masterclasses for Pamela Frank, Vadim Gluzman, Gil Shaham, Robert Lipsett, Friedemann Eichhorn, David Kim, Kathleen Winkler, Mark Kaplan, Rachel Barton Pine, to name a few.

Nam recently performed with the Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra in Jakarta, Indonesia, under Maestra Rebecca Tong.

As a devoted chamber musician, she is a founding member of Immaculata Chamber Music Series. She also served as concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Philharmonic, Walnut Hills Chamber Orchestra, and Starling Chamber Orchestras. Ms. Nam is a student of Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus in the Starling Project Cincinnati, and Amy Lee, Associate-Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra.

She currently attends the Juilliard School as a full-scholarship Greene Foundation fellowship student, studying with Catherine Cho and Donald Weilerstein.

Nagyeom Jang, cellist, acclaimed for her “warm and burnished sound and excellent rhythmic sense” (Cleveland Classical), embarked on her cello journey in South Korea before pursuing her education at the Juilliard Pre-College in New York. Nagyeom earned recognition as a prize winner at the Karl Davidoff International Cello Competition and International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

At the age of 15, Nagyeom made her recital debut at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, sponsored by the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series. Since then, she has enjoyed performing at various venues across NYC and the world including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and Seoul Arts Center.

As a fervent chamber musician, Nagyeom has had the privilege of working with Itzhak Perlman, Laurie Smukler, esteemed members of the Juilliard, Bentano, Borromeo, Cavani, and Ébène string quartets, as well as pianist Robert McDonald. These collaborations took place at renowned festivals such as The Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall, the Great Mountain Music Festival in South Korea, and Encore String Quartet Intensive.

She is a member of the Juilliard Honors Chamber Music Program with her Piano Trio, the Amara Trio. They made their Alice Tully Hall and Paul Hall debut in the 2023-2024 season and the trio has also performed around the country including St. Thomas, USVI, as a guest artist of the Forum, and the 2024 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in Maryland.

Currently serving as the principal cellist at the Juilliard School Orchestra, Nagyeom has performed under the baton of distinguished conductors David Robertson, Simone Young, and John Adams. She is a recipient of The Juilliard Scholarship, M.& E. Cohen Scholarship, and Phyllis M. Kraeuter Scholarship at the Juilliard School, where she pursues her Bachelor of Music in Cello under the guidance of Joel Krosnick and Clara Minhye Kim.

Kevin Jansson Born in 2000, Irish pianist Kevin Jansson has six international 1st prizes to his name, on both piano and violin. At 16 he released his solo piano debut CD under the Claves label, including the premiere recording of Thierry Escaich’s Études Impressionnistes. Most recently he received the 1st prize at the Jeune Chopin Competition in Switzerland, which received patronage from the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw and Martha Argerich.

Kevin began his piano studies at the age of six with Mary Beattie at the Cork School of Music and is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree with Julian Martin at the Juilliard School. Kevin’s other passions include traditional Irish music and physics: aged 13 he received 1st prize at the Fleadh Cheoil na h’Éireann festival for traditional Irish music on the fiddle, and he also received the gold medal at the Irish National Physics Olympiad 2016 and a silver medal representing Ireland at the European Union Science Olympiad in Copenhagen in 2017.