Meet The Musicians
This group of extraordinary musicians have generously donated their time to perform
on June 26 in efforts to support Coppell Community Orchestra. We are beyond honored and so pleased to share their amazing hearts and sound with the community of Coppell. We hope you will enjoy reading about their amazing history as musicians
Dr. Yinhui "Stacy" Li
Dr. Li started piano lessons at five and performing in public in China at seven. She
earned her master’s degree in Piano Performance at Bowling Green State University
after graduating from Sichuan Conservatory of Music of China with a bachelor’s
degree in Piano Performance. She further obtained a Doctor of Music degree in Piano
Performance from Florida State University under the instruction of Dr. Robert
Satterlee, Dr. David Kalhous, Ian Hobson, and the late Steinway Artist Joel Hastings.
Dr. Li was a prize winner of the TOYAMA Hong Kong Piano Competition and the
2016 Florida State University Annual Piano Competition winner. She has appeared
internationally as a soloist and chamber music musician throughout the U.S. in
Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Tallahassee, Dallas; Sulzbach and Rosenberg, Germany; Corfu,
Greece; Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Guiyang of China.
In 2012, she played a series of duo concerts in Sichuan, China, to support Smile
Angel Foundation, sponsored by a hospital to treat more cheilopalatognathus patients.
Each of those concerts had more than 500 audience members. Besides all those
performing experiences, Dr. Li also worked as a visiting professor at the Piano
Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Li’s repertoire widely ranges from the Baroque period to contemporary music. She
appeared at the biannual Ligeti Études concert at the 17th New Music Festival at
Florida State University where she collaborated with a rising young composer
Fernanda Navarro at the 18th New Music Festival. Among the other projects, she has
also performed one of the most representative minimal piano works “ Phrygian Gates”
written by a living American composer John Adams ( b. 1947) in Tallahassee, Florida.
As a versatile individual, Dr. Li has had the opportunity to assume different
professional roles, including being a private piano lesson instructor and a music camp
organizer. Through these experiences, she has been fortunate enough to educate a
diverse group of students aged from pre-kindergarten to college. All students became
capable of playing the piano and acquired a deeper understanding of music, making
their musical journeys more meaningful.
Dr. Li founded Prime Music Institute in 2021, and currently serves as the
Director and a piano faculty member at PMI. Dr. Li is a Steinway
Dr. Seowon Lee
Seowon Lee has participated in many competitions throughout Korea. She
won First Prize in the Korean Symphony Orchestra Competition and was
Bronze-Medalist in the Korea- Germany Brahms Association Competition.
She also won the Baroque Ensemble Chamber Music Competition. Seowon
has soloed with the Jinju Youth Orchestra, Kyung-Nam Arts High School
Orchestra, and Ewha Women’s University Orchestra.
She has performed in music festivals in the United States and Korea and
participated in master classes with Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Alex Kerr, Kirsten
Yon, and Lin He. Ms. Lee received her bachelor’s degree from Ewha
Women’s University, where she was concertmaster of the Ewha Symphony.
She then came to the United States where she received her master’s degree
and performance diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
studying with Ik-Hwan Bae. She was the recipient of Artistic Excellence
Awards in 2010-2013 at Indiana University.
She recently earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North
Texas where she was a member of the Bancroft String Quartet. She has
served as Principal second violin of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and
section violin of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Monica Rodriguez
Monica de la Hoz is a native of Brazil. She holds a Doctoral Degree in viola and violin performance from the Louisiana State University and two Masters’ Degrees, in violin performance from The University Southern Mississippi and in viola performance from University of New Mexico. During her time spent in New Mexico, she also received the Certificate in Suzuki Philosophy and Violin Teaching Long Term Training under Professor Susan Kempter.
Monica took part in numerous international music festivals and masterclasses with artists as Roberto Diaz, Nadja Salermo, Erick Friedman and Manfredo Kraemer. As a soloist, she gave solo and chamber recitals in Brazil, USA, Panamá, Slovakia, Germany and Italy, and is the winner of the Louisiana Viola Society Competition (2011). She currently settled in Texas and is a violin faculty of A&M Texas University in Commerce and Greenville Suzuki Strings. Besides teaching, Monica also holds position as a violist of Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in Baton Rouge Louisiana, as well as arranger and electric string player position with the rock band Epic Unplugged base in Dallas, Texas. In 2021, she received the “Bow Rehairing” Professional Development and Training under the professor Lynn Hannings.
Francis Ku, from Hong Kong, is currently a doctoral candidate in Orchestral
Conducting at the Louisiana State University. He holds a Master of Music in
Orchestral Conducting and a Certificate in Violin Performance from the University of
Texas at Arlington. Mr. Ku was recognized as a Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts
for exceptional academic accomplishment. He embarked on his conducting career
after being inspired by Francis Kan, conductor of the Macao Orchestra.
His conducting mentors include Clifton Evans, Robert Gutter, Ovidiu Balan, Charles
Gambetta, Niels Muus, Scott Terrell and Damon Talley. He has also participated in
masterclasses of Craig Kirchhoff, Diane Wittry, Jahja Ling, Mark Gibson and Mikko
In 2017, Francis Ku was selected as the winner of the fourteenth annual International
Conductor’s Workshop and Competition in Atlanta and appeared as the guest
conductor in a performance with the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra. In
January 2018, Mr. Ku was named Outstanding Academy Conductor by the
International Institute for Conductors. The award included a professional
engagement with the Bacau Philharmonic in Romania.
Besides performing as a conductor, Mr. Ku is also an active orchestral violinist and
violist. Violin was his primary instrument during his undergraduate study at the Hong
Kong Baptist University and he obtained the Licentiate of Trinity College London in
Violin Recital. During his study at the University of Texas at Arlington, he served as
Assistant Conductor, Concertmaster and Viola Principal of the symphony orchestra.
His violin and viola mentors include Gibert Sak, Martha Walvoord and Cathy Forbes.
The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA) hailed his “dazzling technique” and his “clean, tidy approach.” Music critic Laurence Vittes described him as an “illumination in music,” and said of his all-Beethoven recital: “Marshall presented a recital so full of musical thrills and beauties, and so in identification with the composer’s own persona, that, for a few hours, it was as if he were communing across the centuries to conjure up a rare and magical musical spectrum.” The Telegraf Online Constanta (Romania) reported that Marshall “captivated the audience” in Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 20, which he conducted from the piano.
Eldred Marshall began studying the piano at age six and played in public by age seven. His prodigious and inquisitive mind allowed him to master large swaths of the piano repertoire quickly as well as consistently win top prizes at the competitions he entered as a child. By 16, he debuted with orchestra, playing Brahms’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in B-flat Major with the Victor Valley Symphony Orchestra. Before entering into Yale University, where he graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science, he had already performed all over the United States.
The critically-acclaimed pianist has performed internationally: Spain, Italy, the Republic of San Marino, Belgium, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, the People’s Republic of China, and Canada. He has performed the entire cycle of 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven in public, from memory, as a concentrated series, twice: once in Portland in 2007 and in San Francisco in 2008. He followed that project with a full West Coast (US) tour of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2008 and 2009. In the 2015-2016 Season, he toured extensively through Texas with two all-Bach piano recital programs, one of which included the Goldberg Variations. In 2018, he toured the United States and China, performing Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, from memory. Upcoming engagements in the 2021-2022 season include a tour of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and debut appearances with the Symphony orchestras of Las Colinas, Arlington, and Garland (TX) in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491.
As an orchestral conductor, Marshall has led several international ensembles: The Ukrainian State Academic Orchestra (Kiev, Ukraine), the Kharkov Youth Symphony (Kharkov, Ukraine), the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra (Pleven, Bulgaria), the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra (Vidin, Bulgaria), the Filharmonica Oltenia di Craiova (Craiova, Romania), and the Constanta “Black Sea” Philharmonic Orchestra (Constanta, Romania).
Marshall earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2018. Additionally, he earned three Master of Music degrees from Southern Methodist University (SMU): piano (2011), organ (2012) and orchestral conducting (2013). Institutions at which he has taught include Texas A&M Commerce, UNT, SMU, and North Texas Central College. His doctoral dissertation topic was on the art of conducting piano concerti from the piano – performance practice, discipline and whether or not it is “real conducting.”
Presently, Marshall serves as the Artist-in-Residence/Associate Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church of Garland, where he is the founder and curator of the West Avenue B Community Concert Series. Additionally, he is the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Mansfield Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Music Director/Conductor of the Music Ministry Conservatory Choir.
Tsun-yuet Emmanuel Kwok
“Tsun-yuet’s wide knowledge of cello technique and repertoire will be a wonderful resource.
His work ethic will without a doubt inspire all those around him.”
- Christine Lamprea, Artist-Teacher of Cello, Longy School of Music
Native of Hong Kong, Tsun-yuet Emmanuel Kwok has appeared as soloist in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and has also performed over 30 world premieres of contemporary music. Kwok currently holds the position of principal cello at McKinney
Philharmonic Orchestra and has previously played with orchestras including the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, Hong Kong New Philharmonic, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. He played solo and
chamber recitals both in Asia and in the States, and solo appearances with orchestras including Mesquite Symphony, Mansfield Philharmonic, Coppell Community Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Art Academy Orchestra and Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra. He has received awards including 1st prize in the Hong Kong Music Festival and 2nd prize in the National Competition of Asia. In addition to his classical performance, he worked with worship ministries and pop singers in Southeast Asia, recording more than ten albums as solo cellist; in 2021, he also worked
with RedSeaMusic (CA, USA) to produce music videos.
Kwok began cello study at the age of 6 in Hong Kong under Ms. Tung Hiu-lo, later he has finished his Master of Music in cello performance with Professor Ray Wang at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) at TCU School of Music, majoring in Cello Performance with cognate in Music Theory. In the U.S. his primary teachers included Jesús Castro-Balbi and Eugene Osadchy. He also had the privilege of coaching by Johannes Moser, Lynn Harrell, Steven Isserlis, Bagram Saradjian, Dmitri Atapine, Maja Bogdanovic and Li-Wei Qin. As musician and scholar, Kwok holds memberships of Pi Kappa Lambda International Music Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society, and is a regular member of Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series.
Kwok currently served as faculty of Prime Music Institute and Greenville Suzuki Strings, and was appointed as assistant to artistic director of the Texas Cello School in 2021. He had served as faculty of Clear Creek Music Festival (OR), TCU Summer Cello Academy, Greater North Texas Youth Orchestra and Fort Worth B Sharp Youth Music Program; he also serves as teaching assistant of international renowned cellist JesúsCastro-Balbi, as well as assistant director of TCU Cello Ensemble during his time at TCU. Kwok believes in
Authentic Christianity and the philosophy of Authentic Music Performance.