On October 13, 2011, the White House was filled with the beautiful music of the three Korean American sisters, the Ahn Trio, as part of a Welcoming State Dinner for South Korea.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Angella (violin), Lucia (piano) and Maria (cello), moved to the United States in the early 1980s, where they enrolled in the Juilliard School in New York.
The sisters were first recognized in the United States in 1987 when TIME Magazine featured them in a cover story about “Asian-American Whiz Kids.” Since then, the trio released six albums on EMI & SONY, winning critical acclaims in both the United States and internationally.
The ladies have been making their mark on the music scene not only as artists, but as teachers as well, holding numerous workshops and master classes for students of all ages. Angella is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Montana State University, while Maria is on the cello faculty at the Harlem School of the Arts.
According to a White House statement regarding the October 13th State dinner, the visit by President Lee Myung-Bak and Mrs. Kim Yoon-Ok of the Republic of Korea is to celebrate “the global partnership, and the deep economic ties between the United States and the Republic of Korea.” Ahn Trio’s performance seeks to reflect the spirit of alliance between the two countries.
Following the White House performance, the Ahn Trio will next be performing their newest project program, “BraziliAHN” at Wolf Trap in the D.C. area on October 14th at 8PM.
For more information about the Ahn Trio, please visit www.ahntrio.com.