The Koinonia Trio was formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in September 2015 and made its debut recital at Weber Music Hall in Duluth, Minnesota that very same month. The trio has won 1st Prizes at the 2017 Briggs Chamber Music and the East Central MTNA Chamber Music competitions, and was awarded the University of Michigan Performing Arts EXCELerator Grant Fellowship as well as a $10,000 grant from the Binkow Endowment for Chamber Music. In the past year, Koinonia has performed in New York City, Florida, across the Midwest, toured Europe, and was an ensemble in residence at the Innsbrook Institute and the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival. In addition to performing, the trio has given masterclasses at the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Music and has engaged in the Ann Arbor community by giving outreach concerts and workshops at retirement homes and schools. Upcoming projects include recording iconic American piano trios, old and new, and unknown works such as those by French composer Alexis di Castillon.
Hye-Jin Cho was born in South Korea and began learning the piano at the age of three, studying later at the Yewon Arts School for music prodigies and at Seoul Arts High School. Studying with a full scholarship at Ewha Women’s University, she received her Bachelor of Music in the Department of Arts as valedictorian of her class. Having earned her Master of Music and Artist Diploma in piano at Indiana University where she studied with Menahem Pressler, she is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor under the guidance of Christopher Harding.
Hye-Jin Cho has received top prizes in competitions, including Ewha Women’s University competition, the latter competition giving her the opportunity to play the Chopin F-minor Concerto with the University orchestra. She has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in concerts with the Chuncheon Youth Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Northern Illinois, in the Rising Artist Series at ECC Samsung Hall, and at Indiana University. In the summer of 2015, she played the Mozart G-major Concerto K. 453 on three concerts with the Northern Illinois Chamber Orchestra. She has all Mozart Concerti project with this orchestra.
Hye-Jin Cho is a founding member of Koinonia Trio. Last summer, the trio toured Europe and will tour Asia this coming summer. She is also doing a ‘Schumann piano concert series’ in Freeport, Illinois to support the community.
Violinist Christine Harada Li, devoted to inspiring audiences through artistic excellence, has performed across the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, and Israel, and is a founding member of the award winning Koinonia Trio, which recently won 1st Prize in the Briggs Chamber Music Competition. In addition to performing, Christine takes leadership in various art organizations and serves as Co-Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute, Artistic Director and founder of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, and Vice President of the Anchorage Fine Arts Society. Christine graduated summa cum laude from University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance and completed her Master of Music degree at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany. Her principal teachers here were Yehonatan Berick, Elisabeth Kufferath, Anne Röhrig (baroque), and Arthur Greene (piano). Currently she is a Doctorate student studying with David Halen at the University of Michigan.
Nathaniel Pierce, cellist and tenor, is a highly active and versatile musician. He is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of the Anchorage Chamber Music festival, and Co-Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute. Mr. Pierce is a founding member of the Koinonia Piano Trio which has toured in Europe and in the States. He performed as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and has also been a featured soloist with the Toledo, Dexter, Dearborn, Albany, Ann Arbor and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphonies, as well as the University of Michigan and Indiana University symphonies.