Elijah Baik, Cello
21-year-old Elijah Baik, from Houston, Texas, is enrolled in the bachelor's program at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a cello student of Mark Kosower. He began to play the cello at the age of 12. Elijah’s debut solo appearance took place in spring of 2008 when he performed with the Houston Civic Symphony Orchestra as a winner of their Concerto Competition. He has also won several other competitions and has performed with orchestras such as the Houston Youth Symphony and the Clear Lake Symphony. He also won 2nd prize in the 2011 Houston Symphony League concerto competition. He has been selected as a Houston Young Artist and participated in many community concerts in the Houston area. His performances have been broadcast on Houston Public Radio’s The Front Row. During the summers of 2009 and 2010, he attended the Meadowmount School of Music and studied with Hans JÃ¸rgen Jensen. In 2011, he has attended the Heifetz Institute of Music and studied with Steven Doane, Colin Carr, and Tim Eddy. His previous teachers are Brinton Smith, principal cellist of the Houston Symphony, and Christopher French, associate principal cellist of the Houston Symphony. In addition to music, he enjoys travelling with his family, swimming, and reading.