Ik-Hwan Bea (violin) was born in Seoul, Korea, and made his professional debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of twelve. Two years later, he became the youngest recipient of the Korean Government Award in the Arts. After studying with Ivan Galamian at The Juilliard School, Mr. Bae held a professorship at the University of Connecticut between 1976-79. His recitals in Amsterdam, Brussels, The Hague and New York have been received with much acclaim. The ensembles he has appeared with include the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the French Radio Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, Liege Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Mexico, TASHI, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Chick Corea-Gary Burton Duo. Mr. Bae performs in festivals worldwide including the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Stavelot Festival in Belgium, the Amsterdam Kamermuziekfestival in the Netherlands, the Cracow Festival in Poland, the Gotland Festival in Sweden, Kuhmo Festival in Finland, National Arts Festival in Korea, Okinawa Festival in Japan, Nova Scotia, Montreal and Domaine Forget Festival in Canada and the Sitka Festival in Alaska, among others.
His many honors and prizes include the Gold Medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and a prize winner at the Munich International Competition. He has also been the recipient of a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Bae has served has artistic director of Bargemusic, Ltd., one of the leading presenters of chamber music in New York City, until 1995. He is currently the co-artistic director of the Pusan Ibach International Chamber Music Festival in Pusan, Korea. A recording of the complete Brandenburg Concertos of Bach with Bargemusic under his direction is available on the Koch International Label. Much sought after as a pedagogue, Mr. Bae has taught at the Peabody Institute of Music and is currently a member of the violin faculty at Manhattan School of Music, where he has served since 1995. In addition he has given master classes at Koln Musikhochschule in Germany, the Toho School of Music in Japan, and at Indiana University.