Canadian Korean cellist Soo Bae, was recently praised by The New Yorker as “superb” and by The Strad, for being “rich and romantic with crisp incisive technique” She has performed across the world from HongKong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy, South America, Canada and the US, including a sold-out debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C , Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in Japan. In addition, she was featured soloist for the closing ceremony of the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, where she performed on Casals’ own instrument.
As a concert soloist, she was recently honored as the musician of the month in Musical America Magazine. Ms. Bae is also a winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. In 2006, the Canada Council of the Arts awarded her First Prize in its Instrument Bank Competition, resulting in a three-year loan of the ca. 1696 Bonjour Stradivari cello. Earlier that same year, she became the first Canadian ever to win a prize at the Adam International Cello Festival & Competition in New Zealand. In 2009, she was awarded the McGraw-Hills Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach from the Juilliard School. Her recent CD for the Naxos label featuring all of the solo cello works by Alfredo Piatti has been praised for the ‘staggering display of technical brilliance and outstanding range of expression transforming these works, often thought of as nothing more than etudes, into fulfilling musical jewels’. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Bae has collaborated with celebrated artists such as Richard Goode, Charles Neidich, Lynn Harrell, Joel Smirnoff, Michael Tree, Mitsuko Uchida, Arnold Steinhardt, David Soyer and Peter Wiley among others. She has also toured with “Musicians from Marlboro” and "Curtis on tour" appearing in numerous chamber music festivals including Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Amelia Island Music Festival, Sarasota, and Verbier. As a supporter of new music, Ms. Bae has premiered new solo cello works written especially for her by such renowned composers as Huang Ruo, David Ludwig and Shinuh Lee. Soo Bae received her Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music under Orlando Cole and her Master of Music Degree and the prestigious Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School where she also served as assistant faculty under Joel Krosnick. Intensely involved in teaching, Ms. Bae has given master classes around the globe and has been asked to judge for various competitions including the recent Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition. Ms. Bae is the director and founder of Angelos Mission Ensemble Chamber Music Program in New Jersey which is dedicated to training and empowering young musicians to serve and love the community through music. She also teaches at the Curtis Summerfest in Philadelphia as a faculty to Young Artist Summer Program and Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults Program. Ms. Bae uses the Ivashkin Joseph Guarneri filius Andreae of Cremona cello dated 1710 and resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.