Ilya Itin, Anna Lim, and Thomas Kraines


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ANNA LIM, violin

Korean-American violinist Anna Lim was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and played her first concert at age 8 as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony. Since then, Ms. Lim has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in hr many capacities as chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player. She is a founding member of the Laurel Piano Trio, praised by the New York Times for their “lustrous tone and unerring interpretive intelligence”. The group has won prizes at both the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the ProPiano Competition in New York, and has served as ensemble-in-residence at numerous music festivals and organizations, including WQXR (radio station of the New York Times), the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Portland Chamber Music Festival. 

A keen advocate for new music, Ms. Lim is the violinist of the New Millennium Ensemble, winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. She has premiered and recorded many new works, including music of American composers Morton Feldman, John Adams and Donald Martino. She is a frequent guest of Talea Ensemble, the DaCapo Chamber Players, and the New York New Music Ensemble. Ms. Lim has participated in music festivals such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Prussia Cove, Tanglewood, Aspen Music Festival, White Mountain Music Festival, Monadnock Music, Weekend of Chamber Music, Laurel Festival of the Arts, Music Mountain, Maverick Concerts and the Wellesley Composers’ Conference. 

She received a B.A. from Harvard University and completed her Diploma at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Her teachers include Sandor Vegh, Arnold Steinhardt, Gerhard Schulz, Ernst Kovacic and Louis Krasner.


Cellist Thomas Kraines has forged a multifaceted career, equally comfortable with avant-garde improvisation, new music, and traditional chamber music and solo repertoire. Mr. Kraines has been heard with ensembles such as Music from Copland House, Concertante, Mistral, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and the Network for New Music, and at festivals including the Bravo! Vail, Bard, the Sebago/Long Lakes, and Moab. An accomplished composer of chamber music, his works have been performed across the country by artists such as pianists Awadagin Pratt and Wayman Chin, violinists Corey Cerovsek and Jennifer Frautschi, and sopranos Maria Jette and Ilana Davidson. His free-improvisation duo Dithyramb, with percussionist Cameron Britt, has performed and taught as guests of the Longy School of Music, the University of Florida at Gainesville, and the Jubilus Festival. Mr. Kraines has taught at the Peabody Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, the Killington Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and the Walden School, and is currently on the faculty of Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, violinist Juliette Kang, and their two daughters, Rosalie and Clarissa.