Korean-American violinist Brian Bak enjoys a career as a sought after performer and pedagogue. He received his BM and MM from The Juilliard School, an Artist Diploma from Yale University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. His principal mentors have included Hyo Kang, David Chan, and Philip Setzer. Dr. Bak has been featured as a soloist with the Tampa Bay Symphony, the Central Florida Philharmonic, the Sewanee Festival Orchestra, and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, among others. In 2016, he was the winner of the Stony Brook University Concerto Competition and performed the Elgar Violin Concerto with Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Dr. Bak is a two time winner of the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition. He has studied chamber music intensively with Gilbert Kalish, members of the Tokyo Quartet, and the Emerson Quartet. As a founding member of both the Deka String Quartet and Trio de Novo, he has held chamber music residencies at the Banff Centre, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the New Music for Strings Festival in Aarhus, Denmark. He is also a frequent performer with highly acclaimed ensembles based in New York City, such as Sejong Soloists and the New York Classical Players.
Dr. Bak is currently a faculty member at the New York Music School, and is regularly invited to give master classes across the USA.