“Every note you play has to have love and magic in it,” says violinist Angella Ahn. While she has performed her alchemy as a soloist, playing with, among others, the Honolulu Symphony, the Louisville Symphony, and the KBS Orchestra, Angella often performs with the Ahn Trio, created by her and her twin sisters while they studied at the Juilliard School of Music. Her trio tours the world, playing in such venues as New York’s Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Musikverein, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Argentina’s Teatro Colon, and The Beijing Concert Hall. In 2011, President Obama invited the sisters to perform at the White House for a State Dinner honoring South Korea. Angella and her sisters have reached audiences not only through performing live but through making six highly acclaimed recordings, one of which won Germany’s highest musical honor, the Echo Award. Their latest, Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac, made No. 8 on the Billboard Charts for 26 weeks in the Classical album category.
Believing that there are magicians in all genres of music and art, the trio has collaborated with many different artists including the Czech rock band Tata Bojs, the David Parsons Dance Company, and DJ Spooky. They have also commissioned over 30 new works by visionary composers such as Pat Metheny, Mark O’Connor, Paul Schoenfield, Michael Nyman, Nikolai Kapustin, and Kenji Bunch. For their efforts, Newsday hailed the Ahn Trio as “Classical Revolutionaries.”
A dedicated teacher, Angella has been involved in numerous residencies, workshops and master classes across the country for students of all ages. She often teaches at the Mark O’Connor Strings Conference, most recently hosted by Berklee College of Music, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Montana State University, in Bozeman, MT. Because of her students’ success in quickening notes into music, the university honored Angella in 2012 as a “Most Valuable Professor.”
Every alchemist needs a philosopher’s stone. Angella’s is a violin made especially for her by renowned luthier Sam Zygmuntowicz of Brooklyn, New York. Inlaid on its back are ginkgo leaves, symbols of hope and love.