Helen Lee, a Hong Kong native, grew up in Seattle. She began her flute studies with Wendy Wilhelmi at the age of 13. She holds numerous awards from her high school years, including the Metro State Competition, the Seattle Young Artists Festival, the Bellevue Young Artists Festival, and the Horsfall Flute Competition. These accomplishments led to the appearances and live performances at the KING FM radio station. Following high school, Ms. Lee became recipient of scholarships to study flute and piccolo at the University of Washington with Professor Felix Skowronek. While there, she spent a year studying abroad at the Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. Besides the Symphony, the Wind Ensemble, and many different types of chamber groups at the University of Washington, Helen has performed with the Aoyama Gakuin University Symphony in Tokyo. She received a Bachelor of Art in Music, a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, and a Bachelor of Art in Japanese Linguistics in 2004. Her many masterclass appearances included instruction with Alexa Still, Adrianne Greenbaum, Imani Winds, the Leipzig-Gewandhaus Quartet, Kenneth Andrews, Junzo Hosokawa, Susan Milan, and Timothy Day. Since graduating, Helen has continued her flute and piccolo studies with Wendy Wilhelmi, Shelley Collins, and Zart Dombourian-Eby. Currently, Helen is teaching and performing around the Northwest while auditioning for symphonies around the nation. She performs regularly with Federal Way Symphony Orchestra, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, and Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lee is a founding member of Musica Grazioso and Andromeda Winds Consort and has future plans to pursue her Masters in Music Performance.
Miodrag Veselinovic, a native of Belgrade, Serbia, is a prizewinner of many national and international competitions, including the Concorso Internacionale di Musica in Stresa, Italy in 1994. He appeared regularly on national television and radio broadcasts in his native country. Mr. Veselinovic began his studies at the age of eight and was awarded his Master of Arts diploma from the Academy of Music at the University of Belgrade. Having been offered several prestigious scholarships in music, he engaged himself in his North American graduate studies in music at the University of Washington. An active performer, he appears regularly in solo, chamber, as well as orchestral concerts in the Seattle area as well as abroad. Formerly concertmaster of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, he is currently a member of the Federal Way Symphony. Miodrag Veselinovic is a violin instructor at the Chopin Academy in Issaquah and the Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle.
Konstantin Avakyan earned his Bachelors Degree in Cello Performance from Central Washington University. Konstantin studied in Russia for 17 years, awards include first prize at the Stavropol Regional Competition. In the United States, he participated in many State and National string competitions and festivals. Currently holds an Orchestra director position in the Edmonds School District, he performs professionally with Bellevue Philharmonic, Federal Way Symphony, and Tacoma Symphony. Mr. Avakyan also coaches cello for Everett Youth Symphony and Cascade Youth Symphony.
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