Seattle Music House Team
Director Erin Chung is a native of Seoul, Korea. She has been teaching and performing as a concert pianist for more than 20 years. She made her debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, and has appeared with numerous symphony orchestras, in solo recitals, and in chamber music performances in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, and Korea. The highlight of her recent performances was at Carnegie Hall in 2012.
She studied piano at the Eastman School of Music and received her doctoral degree from the University of Washington. She has served as a member of the piano faculty at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University and is currently a member of the piano faculty at Seattle University where she built the Group Piano Program. At the same time, she has been teaching students of all ages privately at home. Aside from her musical pursuits, she enjoys the delights and challenges of motherhood and likes to spend her spare time playing with her two daughters.
French pianist Pierre-Yves Savoye started his musical studies at age 6 . Later he entered the music conservatory of Boulogne then studied at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. With the collaboration of other musicians he opened a music school in Paris called Musique club de Paris. At this school children and adults study piano, organ, strings and wind instruments. Pierre - Yves Savoye moved to the United States in 1985 where he started teaching private lessons in Seattle.
Through his career he has performed in Europe, classical and jazz music. In Seattle, he has performed at New City Theater, Frederick and Nelson, Sorrento Hotel , Lake Union Cafe, Orient Express, Javitz Convention Center in New York, Paramount Theater in 2006. Teaching music has brought great joy and immense rewards to his life. Pierre-Yves Savoye brings a unique mix of enthusiasm, energy, knowledge and dedication to his teaching. This results in students who are passionate about learning music.
Pianist Jamie Namkung has achieved public recognition through concert appearances in distinguished summer festivals, including the Aria International Summer Academy and Banff International Piano Festival, and through national competitions, including the 2007 Young Artist International Piano Competition in Washington D.C. She has also collaborated with former and current members of the Chicago and Seattle Symphony Orchestras on numerous occasions. Her chamber music performances have been featured live on Seattle’s Classical KING FM 98.1.
An experienced and dedicated teacher, Jamie has actively been involved with early childhood education at the Park School of Baltimore, Peabody Conservatory Preparatory, and Harper Community College. She especially enjoys teaching young students and connecting with them through music making. Jamie received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University where she held graduate assistantships in teaching and accompanying, and previous degrees from Oberlin and Peabody Conservatories.
Raisa Asriyants received her Master’s degree in Violin Performance from the Western Washington University with honors. She has performed in Europe and the USA, taking part in and winning different solo and chamber competitions across the continents. Her resume includes being a 1st violin concertmaster in WWU Symphony Orchestra and Northwest Symphony Orchestra.
She is active as a soloist and chamber groups’ performer, having had recitals across the Pacific Northwest, teaching private lessons and group classes, freelancing with local orchestras in the Seattle area, playing and recording music with a group of folk singers in Seattle and Canada, and scoring music for full feature films.
Her music interests range from archaic medieval and baroque, to classical, and to contemporary string compositions. As her musical accomplishments are a product of synergy of several different music education systems, Raisa possesses a unique diverse skill set as a strings educator, which gives her students access to the full array of teaching techniques to realize their music potential.
Originally from Kirkland, WA, Grant Hanner is a graduating senior at Seattle University, studying viola with Amber Archibald. He started playing on violin and recently made the switch to viola. He also plays piano in his spare time. He is active in local music making and is a member of Orchestra Seattle.
Bachelor of Music - String Performance - Viola
He’s attended the Evergreen, Vivace, KentMusic, Tierra Chamber, and Summit Music Festivals. After graduation he will pursue teaching and other work before he applies for graduate school in the fall.
Cellist Dahae Cheong discovered her passion for music at a young age and began studying cello when she was 10 years old. She has performed throughout the greater Seattle area as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with local music groups. In addition to performing, Dahae also loves to teach cello, and has experience teaching students ranging from ages 5 to 84.
Dahae s a graduating senior at Seattle University pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in string performance. She received first prize at the 2015 Seattle University Young Artist Competition and went on to attend the ARIA International Summer Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. She has performed with the Bellevue Symphony Youth Orchestra for six years, and won first prize at the 2013 Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside for her solo cello performance. Following the competition, Dahae received a $20,000 cello from the Carlsen Cello Foundation--a foundation that loans out cellos based on teacher recommendations and video auditions.
Dahae also has perfect pitch which, combined with her wide-ranging musical experience and passion for cello, makes her an exceptional performer, teacher, and musician.
Kyle Summers is a Guitarist, Composer, and Filmmaker who has studied with the University of Washington's Michael Partington, Cornish College of the Arts' Tom Baker, and internationally renowned guitarists' Xuefei Yang, Roland Dyens, and David Russell.
After graduating from the Seattle Film Institute in 2005 he has continued to study and teach music while making films and performing all over the Northwest.