Salonline 2024-04-28 Minji, Lauren, Benjamin & Atticus

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Sunday, April 28 2024

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In The Beginning

PROGRAM

Mendelssohn
Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 1

Brahms
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

BIOGRAPHY

Minji Nam, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is an energetic pianist, chamber musician and vocal coach. 

A graduate of Eastman School of Music, Minji has worked for Yale University, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the McDuffie Center for Strings, Florida State University, and the MTNA competition. Minji was the head Coordinator and Collaborative Pianist at the Yale School of Music, where she enjoyed working with the students and renowned faculty. At Florida State University, she also worked as the Associate Coordinator of Collaborative Piano, as well as the music director for their opera outreach program; where she created programs designed to be more approachable for young kids without classical music exposure. As a vocal coach, she worked with FSU singers in the opera productions for Don Giovannni, Béatrice et Bénédict, Alcina, and Carmen. 

Minji has been privileged to perform in recitals with some of the most sought-after artists, including Hsin-Yun Huang, Demarre McGill, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Evan Jones, Robert McDuffie, and Walfrid Kujala. Recent Guest Artist invitations include Residencies for the Atlanta Chamber players, the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival, and the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival. Additionally, she has played in Masterclasses for the renowned artists Emmanuel Pahud, Hilary Hahn, Augustin Hadelich, Anne Sophie-Mutter, Kyung-Sun Lee, Midori, Robert Lipsett, Lambert Orkis, Renée Fleming, and Jessye Norman. Upcoming highlights for 2022 include a recital at Carnegie Hall, and recording an album with her good friend and longtime duo partner Jacquelin Cordova-Arrington.

In Minji’s free time, she enjoys playing the violin, painting, and cooking Korean food with her husband Atticus.

Lauren Ellis Scott is a dynamic violinist, violist, and music educator in and around the District of Columbia. She has performed with ensembles including American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, The Philly POPS, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and the Maryland Lyric Opera, and she has worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Linda Watson, Bobby Vinton, Ledisi, and Steve Martin. Lauren has recorded music with NFL films for Super Bowls 50, LI, and LII, and her award-winning students have enjoyed performances around the United States and China.You can find more information about You can find more information about

Lauren holds degrees from Temple University and Stony Brook University, and her teachers include William de Pasquale, Kerri Ryan, Emily Schaad, and Richard Roberts. She has worked as a teaching artist for The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, Greenville County Youth Orchestra, 9th Street Chamber Music, DC Youth Orchestra Program, and American Youth Philharmonic, and she maintains a small teaching studio guided by the principles of Shin’ichi Suzuki. Together with her husband, Lauren regularly performs as a Musician on Call at Children’s National Hospital in addition to other concert, community, and special event performances.

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Atticus Mellor-Goldman, originally from Los Angeles, California, received his Bachelor’s degree in 2019 from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and studied with Julie Albers, Hans Jensen, and Richard Aaron. He went on to earn his Masters degree in 2021 from Yale University, where he studied with Paul Watkins and Ole Akahoshi. Upon graduation, Mellor-Goldman moved to Washington, D.C. after winning a position in the Air Force Strings.

He has performed at concert venues around the world and has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top” and American Public Media’s “Performance Today,”. In 2015, his string quartet from Los Angeles was awarded the Gold Medal Prize of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition’s Junior division. In 2014, he was selected as one of two musicians to act as a “cultural ambassador” for New York University Abu Dhabi. He is also a past winner of the Townsend School of Music’s concerto competition. 

He has also been privileged to perform chamber music alongside distinguished artists including Osmo Vänskä, Erin Keefe, Edgar Meyer, Ivano Zaneghi,  Amy Moretti, Rebecca Albers, Annie Fullard, and Robert McDuffie. His chamber music and orchestral experience includes the summer festivals of Kneisel Hall, Rome Chamber Music Festival, Moritzburg Festival Academy, Sarasota Music Festival, Festival Schiermonnikoog, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival Fellowship Program.

Mellor-Goldman currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Minji.

Benjamin Scott joined the violin section of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2018 after years as a dynamic freelance musician. He performed and recorded with the Pittsburgh Symphony and The Philly POPS, and acted as associate concertmaster of the National Philharmonic. As a frequent substitute violinist in The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2012-2018, Benjamin enjoyed many new and unique experiences ranging from tours throughout Europe and Asia to performing for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in 2015. He has performed in cities throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra, the Star Wars “In Concert” Symphony, the Pacific Music Festival, Artosphere’s inaugural season, and on Branford Marsalis’s “Well-Tempered” Tour, and he has recorded music for the NFL’s use at Super Bowls XLVII to LII.

As the third Fellowship Recipient to be appointed to the NSO, Benjamin values the many ways that his community engages in music. He has performed more than fifteen benefit concerts for the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, and he has collaborated with members of the Nottingham Ensemble for performances in support of Encircle and the Boulanger Initiative, organizations with missions of inclusivity. Benjamin participates in concerts that bring music to different neighborhoods in the District of Columbia, curates music therapy sessions in partnership with the Levine School of Music, and volunteers as Musician on Call at the Children’s National Hospital.

When he isn’t playing his 2016 Guadagnini copy by Samuel Payton, exploring new corners of the world with his wife, learning to cook new cuisines, or playing with his cat, Benjamin loves to craft leather goods by hand!


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