Joohyun (Patrick) Baek, a junior at Davis Senior High School, began cello at the age of eight with Priscilla Hawkins. Since then he has studied with Julie Hochman and currently studies with Andrew Luchansky. Patrick is currently the principal cellist of the Davis Senior High School Symphony Orchestra and co-principal cellist of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra.
Patrick was the principal cellist of the Sacramento Youth Symphony (SYS) Classic Orchestra in 2010 and the SYS Academic Orchestra in 2011. He joined the SYS Premier Orchestra in 2011 and continued to play with them until 2013. He played in the 2013 California Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) All State Jr. High School Orchestra as the principle cellist and also played in the 2014 CODA All State High School Orchestra in Fresno.
He placed first in the regional American String Teachers’ Association (ASTA) Solo Competition at the novice division in 2011 and the junior division in 2012 and 2014. Later, he went on to compete at the state level in 2014. He has also placed third in the Young Talent Music School Competition in 2012.
As a chamber musician, he has actively participated in several chamber music programs such as Music by the Sea, Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop, and SYS Summer/Winter Chamber Music Workshop. He plays as a member of several quartets and trios in many community music programs and school concerts.
Outside his musical interests, Patrick enjoys playing soccer and basketball. He has been a member of the Boys’ Varsity Golf team for three years and continues to compete with his fellow teammates all over the state. He also started archery at the age of ten and won several state level championships. He is an active member of many clubs such as the TEDx, Young Musicians Outreach (YMO), and Youth Leadership Davis (YLD).
Personal response of Elgar cello concerto
Music has played a major role in my life since I was young. Growing up, I was surrounded by the different sounds of instruments that I would hear in my daily life. As many music students have done, I started out with the piano. But as I grew older, I was continuously intrigued by the sound of the cello when my sister would practice. My fascination with the different moods and colors she was able to paint motivated me to start cello lessons in second grade. Since then, playing cello has not just developed into hobby and passion but a way of expressing my emotions. I strive to channel my emotions of happiness, frustration, anger and tranquility while I play. Elgar’s Cello Concerto is one the most recognized and widely played pieces for cello but I believe it brings out the best of any cellist who plays it. Every soloist’s interpretation reveals his or her journey and emotional vulnerability throughout the piece. Though it might be technically difficult, it is also layered with emotions that draw you into the world that Elgar has meticulously constructed. I cherish the time that I spent toiling over the different phrasings and interpretations which ultimately made the piece my own. Performing this concerto in Jackson hall will be an exhilarating moment in which I have the chance to share the exquisite masterpiece that Elgar has provided for us.