Shirley Yoo, piano
The Washington Post declared pianist Shirley Yoo as having "extraordinary sensitivity and technical skill." Highlights of performances include concerts at Steinway Hall, London; the Penderecki Festival, Banff; Tata Theatre, Mumbai; Societa Filarmonica, Trento; and Arts Centre, Seoul. Her honors include a top prize at the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, a Presser Foundation Award, and a Maryland State Arts Council Grant. Her primary teachers include Raymond Hanson, Ann Koscielny, Noretta Conci-Leech, and Ellen Mack.
Yoo graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and received her Master of Music degree on a fellowship with highest honors at the University of Maryland. After attending the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, she earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Conservatory, where she was a faculty member in the Theory Department. Shirley Yoo is now Assistant Professor of Piano at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA where she serves as the coordinator of the keyboard area and is also artist-in-residence as the pianist of the D'Angelo Trio. She is also a founding core member of the League of the Unsound Sound (LotUS), a chamber group dedicated to performing contemporary and experimental music.
Joseph Kneer, violin
Joseph Kneer has studied with Mary West, Milan Vitek, Herbert Greenberg, and Violaine Melancon. Kneer holds a B.M. in violin performance from Oberlin Conservatory, a M.M. in violin and Theory Pedagogy from Peabody Institute (where he was awarded both a full-tuition assistantship in Ear Training and a graduate theory teaching fellowship), and a DMA in violin, also from Peabody. He has served on the faculty of the Janna Friedman Music School and the Peabody Preparatory, and was appointed to the full-time faculty of Mercyhurst University in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Violin, Viola, Music Theory, and Aural Skills.
As a chamber musician, Joseph and the rest of the Aurora Piano Trio took part in an inaugural summer concert series partnership in 2008 between the Peabody Institute and the Yong Siew Tow Conservatory held in La Loingtaine, France, and were the recipients of the 2009 Peabody Chamber Music Prize. Kneer is also an active choral conductor. In 2012 he was appointed interim director of the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Chancel Choir in Baltimore, Maryland, and has led the forty-member ensemble in performances of Part 1 of Handel's Messiah, Brahms's Alto Rhapsody, Faure's Requiem, and Honegger's King David.
Daniel Colston, viola
Robin Hasenpflug, cello
Robin Hasenpflug has established her performance career on both sides of the Atlantic. She is presently a member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, where she performs on their CD recording “Momentum”, and the recently released “Mozart: the Early Concerti“. Robin also performs with several regional symphonies including Erie Philharmonic and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. A native of Williamsville, New York, Robin relocated to western Pennsylvania in 2006 from Chicago, Illinois. There Robin maintained a rigorous performance schedule as a member of the Illinois Philharmonic, principal cellist of the Chicago Light Opera Works Orchestra, and performing with many regional orchestras in the Chicago area. She was also a member of the Projecto Quattro String Quartet, concertizing in Chicago chamber music venues and senior citizen outreach programs.
Prior to her performing in the Midwest, Robin's artistry was in demand at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern Opera Orchestra in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Highlights of her work with the Pfalztheater include compelling performances of Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex, and Wagner’s Lohengrin. The Neue Philharmonie in Frankfurt also recruited her talent, where she enjoyed playing both classical concerts and rock shows. In addition to her symphony work, Robin performed with her clarinet trio, Trio Brioso, which had its German debut performance in Kauserslautern.
Robin earned a Master of Music degree in performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory where she studied with Lee Fiser of the La Salle String Quartet. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, studying with renowned soloist Regina Mushabac. After earning her degrees, Robin was selected to be a substitute member of several orchestras, including the Columbus Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, and West Virginia Symphony. She has also participated at several important music festivals including in the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, and The University of Iowa‘s summer chamber music seminar. At the Summertrios festival in Bethlehem, PA, Robin had the honor of participating in a master class lead by Beaux Arts Trio pianist, Menahem Pressler.
Currently on faculty at Mercyhurst University, Robin is frequently on stage at Walker Recital Hall. She recently made her debut with the D’Angelo Piano Trio and plays in many other University performances.