Founder, Director & Cellist
Founder and director of AK Productions, cellist Alex Yoon Chul Kim studied at the Young Artist Performance Academy (Royal Conservatory of Toronto), Hannover Musik Hochschule in Germany and University of Toronto under tutelage of Mihai Tetel, Tilmann Wick and Daniel Domb.
Alex was grand prize winner at the Korean Broadcasting Competition, 1st prize winner of Shean Competition, a 4-time national finalist of the Canadian Music Competition and a two-time winner of the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award.
In his formative years, Alex attended Aria International Music Academy, Indiana String Academy and Banff Music Festival, where he received musical guidance by notable teachers including Richard Aaron, Ronald Leonard, Paul Katz, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Collin Carr, Anner Bylsma and caught the attention of legendary cellists Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot. During this time, he also studied chamber music with Jerry Horner, Boris Slutsky, Marietta Orlov and Atar Arad.
Over Alex’s career, his performances and interviews were featured by Korean and Canadian media including All TV, Korean Radio Broacasting, CTV, Korea news, Korea Central daily, Korea times daily, Chosun Daily, Wholenote Magazine and Toronto Star.
In the summer of 1993, Eldon gave his first public, solo recital in Montreal. By invitation from the government of the People’s Republic of China, he was the youngest of three pianists selected to play in a concert tour of China in March of 1995. Two years later, Eldon had his orchestral debut under the baton of Boris Brott, performing excerpts from Rachmaninoff-Paganini and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Eldon completed his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, under Prof. Marietta Orlov, his teacher for 15 consecutive years and his enduring artistic influence. He received two of the seven graduating scholarships awarded by the UofT, Faculty of Music to the class of 2001 (the W.O. Forsyth Memorial for excellent achievement within the piano division and the Neil D. Graham Scholarship for attaining the highest academic proficiency of the entire graduating class.) Over the years, Eldon competed in competitions such as the Beethoven Bonn, Horowitz Kiev, and Leeds International. He also studied in masterclass programs with notable teachers, including Sergei Babayan, Arie Vardi and the late Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling, and performed in music festivals in Spain, Finland, and Germany.
Canadian-Korean tenor, Cheoul Park was born in Seoul, Korea. As a graduate of Yon-Sei University, he continued his studies in Florence, Italy. Upon graduation from the Conservatory of Verona, he worked as a member of the chorus at the National Opera Theatre of Florence, performing with conductors Zubin Mehta, Mario Giuline and Ricardo Muti.
Shortly after, he made leading role debuts in the opera theatres of Bagni, Di Luca, Ancona and Cesena. His repertoire includes Rigoletto, L’Elisir d’amore, La Boheme, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He has also performed as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Cantata in B, Puccini’s Gloria, and Handel’s Messiah.
Upon his return to South Korea, he gave a recital at the Young San Art Hall in Seoul. Cheoul Park also performed many operas at the National Art Centre, as well as in theatres of South Korea, while teaching as vocal professor at Yon-Sei University. His musical life in Canada began with a solo recital at Walter Hall (Toronto) and has continued with performances at various concerts for the Korean and Canadian communities.
Pianist, Hyuk Kim graduated from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He continued his piano studies in Germany at the University of Heidelberg-Mannheim, followed by studies in piano accompaniment (Korrepetitor-rehearsal coach) at Konservatorium Wien University of Austria. Returning to South Korea, he worked as accompaniment professor at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul and the Joongang University. He also taught solo piano as a professor at Seoul Jangsin University, Korea Nazarene University, and at Seoul Arts College.
Kim has coached and accompanied numerous operas and has performed in over 300 recitals and concerts with vocalists, instrumentalists and diverse chamber ensembles. Apart from such programs as performing the piano quartet by Messiaen at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Mazzoleni Hall, he also actively takes part in concerts for the Korean and Canadian communities of Toronto. Currently, Kim is the conductor of the Sohrae Youth Orchestra and also a member of a piano ensemble called Piarmonia.
Jihye Joelle Kee
Jihye Joelle Kee has earned a Master of Music in violin performance at Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music under tutelage of Zvi Zeitlin, Atis Bankas and Paul Kentor.
She also performed in master classes and festivals such as Music Academy of the West, and Colorado College Music Festival receiving full-scholarships, where she worked with renowned musicians including Leila Josefowiczs, Victor Danchenko, Toby Appel, Sergiu Schwartz and members of acknowledged Quartets such as Cleveland Quartet, Borodin Quartet, Tackas Quartet, Orion Quartet Ying Quartet and Cavani Quartet.
Ms. Kee has been actively performing as a multi-faceted violinist throughout North America. She made solo appearances with Eastman Symphony and Korean-Canadian Symphony and won top prizes in Glenn Gould Chamber Music Competition, Atlantic Symphony Young Artist Competition, Canadian Music Competition and The Honor’s Chamber Competition.