Professor of Music (Violin, Chamber Music)
East Studio Building, JS226
Ik-Hwan Bae was born in Seoul, Korea and made his professional debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of 12. He studied with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School and has been a very busy person ever since. His performances in recitals and concerto concerts has taken him to most of the major cities in Europe, Asia and the United States.
In 1985, he received the gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and also was a prize winner at the Munich International Competition in 1984. In 1986, he was a recipient of the Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
As an enthusiastic participant in many of the world's best chamber music festivals, he has been seen everywhere from Seoul to Alaska. He was an artistic director of the Bargemusic Ltd., one of the leading presenters of chamber music in New York City, for thirteen years until 1995.
His most recent project is as a concertmaster of the Hwaum Chamber Orchestra in Korea, which is a conductor-less string orchestra. He has led them to Krakow, Poland and Puerto Rico at the Casals Festival.
Much sought after as a pedagogue, Mr. Bae has taught at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Korean National Institutes for the Arts. Every year he gives master classes worldwide.
Mr. Bae has been a jury member of the Munich ARD competition in Germany, the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark, the Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition in London, and the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, Finland.
Mr. Bae has recorded for the RCA, ECM, Delos, and Koch labels.