Winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions YuEun Kim and Ines Thomé met in 2013 when they both had just moved to the US, YuEun from Korea and Ines from Germany, serendipitously finding themselves as housemates in an old Victorian building in Los Angeles. Both studying at USC’s Thornton School of Music, they immediately connected through their love of chamber music and good Korean food.
Since then, they have been sharing numerous stages in Southern California and exciting their audiences with their charisma and virtuosity. Both musicians are winners of multiple solo competitions for their instruments and experienced chamber musicians who have performed around the world. Their programs range from early music performed on period instruments to original popular music arrangements performed on the highest level of artistry.
Concerts with the Yu&I duo are energizing and relaxing, they are traditional and break boundaries.
Gifts from Over Sea
Katina Mitchell and Ines Thomé met in the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia early music ensemble at the University of Southern California. They connected immediately over mutual interests in languages and music. "Gifts from Over Sea" is the title of a folk song about two sisters sending and receiving gifts across the sea. Katina and Ines are originally from two different continents and their transatlantic repertoire draws on traditions from their roots in Europe and the United States. Their original arrangements of folk songs for guitar, harp and voice have been among their most popular pieces, and their musical interests range from art music of the 20th century to beloved classical art songs to early music for lute and voice.
The duo has performed across the Los Angeles area and also toured to Europe to perform chamber music in medieval castles and churches. Gifts From Over Sea has been awarded a Gluck Fellowship and served as the Resident Chamber Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music as winner of the university-wide chamber music competition. Dedicated to outreach and community engagement, the duo has given performances at LA County's Central Juvenile Hall, several hospitals and homeless shelters, two service centers for the blind, and the Salvation Army.
Sunset Club Trio
French-born violinist Etienne Gara, joined by Ines Thomé at the electric guitar and Michael Gratovich at the flamenco guitar, founded Sunset Club Trio to make a new approach to the classical violin and piano repertoire.
Carefully choosing a program where these instruments can strive, their combination enables them to revisit sound textures of the classical masterpieces along with newly commissioned ones, and to bring a whole new aspect and energy to the stage.
Welcome to a new sound dimension!