IMK String Trio

Vioilinist Sania Cheong started to play the violin at the age of 6. Since then she has dedicated herself to becoming a professional violinist.
She won many awards in various national competitions including; Kookmin daily newspaper, Eumyeon, Music Journal and Strad. Of particular note were her outstanding performances in the Hanseo University Competition and in the Brahms Competition in which she won first Prize.

At the age of 10, Ms. Cheong played the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, demonstrating her remarkable talent and musicality at a young age. As a result of her success in numerous competitions, she has played with orchestras such as the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean American Youth Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of St.Petersburg, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Pskov Philharmonic Orchestra Russia, Kharkov Philharmonic orchestra, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Nürnberg Symphony orchestra of Germany in various world renowned concert venues, such as Smetana hall, Rudolfinum in Prague, Hercules hall in Munich, Philharmonie in Berlin and Goldensaal in Musikverein in Vienna.

Ms. Cheong has taken part in several international music festivals, including Leipzig Music Festival, France Pontlevoy Festival, Beethoven Festival in Teplice and the 1st, 2nd Great Mountains Music Festival where she was recognized as a superior player.
In the Nagoya Music Festival in Japan, she was awarded a prize in the competition.

In February, 2010, Cheong, including the Italian pianist Mr. Marco Schiavo and the great cellist Mischa Maisky were invited by Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra to play the Beethoven Triple concerto. In July 16, 2011, She was invited to play the Concerto again with cellist Mischa Maisky and his daughter Lily Maisky with Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Cesky Krumlov International Music Festival. They also performed the Brahms Double Concerto which was filmed by Czech national broadcast and released on live DVD.

On the 11th of May 2014, Sania performed Vivaldi´s Four Seasons with Kalisto Ensemble in Novomatic Forum, Vienna, consisting of members from the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra.

Violist Wolfgang Klos was born 1953 in Vienna, Austria. In 1977 he obtained his diploma with honour by unanimous decision together with the award of distinction from the Minister of Science at the then College of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. While in highschool at the Theresianische Akademie, where he passed his A-Level in 1971, he studied simultaneously at the former Academy for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and Law at the University of Vienna. His repeated encounters with
Ernst Krenek and Max Rostal, who was also his teacher, had a lasting influence on his artistic development.
The winner of a great number of competitions combines the skills of a soloist and the competence for chamber music and orchestral performance with a strong engagement in pedagogic and socio-cultural tasks: 1975-77 member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, 1977-81 soloist for viola at the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, 1981-89 soloist for viola with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra; 1977-89 Professor at the Provincial Conservatory of Vorarlberg; 1984-89 adjunct faculty, as of 1989 full professor for viola at the Music University of Vienna. The centre of his artistic activities, however, lies in the area of chamber music. As member of the Vienna String Trio since 1981 he established an international reputation as a performer in a large number of concerts as well as TV productions and recordings. Among these stands out his participation in the recording of string trio compositions of an almost encyclopaedic scope, which won him international claim. As a soloist he is seen in Europe, overseas and the Far East as a prominent representative of the Viennese interpretational style, which he is intent on promoting on the podiums of the musical centres of the world. Wolfgang Klos is also a recognized authority as juror for national and international competitions, as teacher of master courses, as lecturer at congresses and as author in specialist journals.
From 1972 to 1977 students` representative, from 1978 to 1981 member of the advisory board of the orchestra, from 1991 to 2002 Head of the Department of String and Other Instruments and since 2002 he is Vice Rector of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2003 he was awarded the Grand decoration of honour for services to the Republic of Austria.
He plays a viola built by Giovanni Battista Ceruti in 1780


Cellist Stefan Kropfitsch, still a young cellist, received the Karl Böhm prize of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the famous conductor declared: ”a lot of people will talk about this young man, full of talent.“ And so it happened. The career of this musician, a cello-lover, really did take off like a shot: a short while after obtaining unanimously his degree from the Vienna School of Music, he became Wolfgang Herzer’s assistant, a teacher at this same institute and solo cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He then became associate professor in this school, which in the meantime changed its name to “University of Music, Theatre and Dance in Vienna” and in addition became professor of his very own cello class at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt.2006 he was appointed as the head of chairs(director) of the department of strings of the University of music, Vienna. Alongside his teaching career, he also carried out extensive international concert work as a soloist with numerous orchestras including notably the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Festival Strings of Lucerne, the Radio Orchestra of South West Germany, the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra and the Ljubljana Philharmonic Orchestra. He also devoted himself to doing recordings for radio and television.