Angella Ahn


136 Howard Hall

Angella Ahn, Professor of Violin and Viola at Montana State University, lives in Bozeman, Montana, when she is not travelling as the violinist of the acclaimed Ahn Trio, comprised of Angella and her sisters Lucia (piano) and Maria (cello). The Juilliardtrained Korean-American musicians have been hailed by the LA Times as "exacting and exciting musicians,” and their eight albums have been enthusiastically received. Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac, released by Sony, was No. 8 in the Billboard Charts for 26 weeks, and Dvorak, Suk and Shostakovich, released by EMI, won Germany’s prestigious ECHO Award. Their ninth album, Blue, was released in the Spring of 2017. Following its release, the sisters completed a successful album tour in Italy, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Germany. Their albums and concerts display their ever-evolving vision of what it means to be 21st-century musicians, and their wide-ranging collaborations with modern dance companies (including a B-boy dance company), film directors, rock bands, DJs, and singers has led them to be called “Classical revolutionaries” by New York Newsday. Luminary composers such as Pat Metheny, Michael Nyman, Maurice Jarre, Mark O'Connor, and DJ Spooky have written music specifically for them.

Their unique approach to classical music has taken the sisters to Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Vienna’s Musikverein, New York's Lincoln Center, Leipzig's Gewandhaus, Beijing's Concert Hall, Istanbul's Aya Irini in Topkapi Palace, and to over 30 countries and every state in America. In 2008, the trio was the only classical group invited to perform at the iTunes Festival; in 2010, they performed for the prestigious TED Talks; and in 2011, President Obama invited them to perform at the White House.

When not performing with her sisters, Angella hones her eclectic skills in numerous ways. She is a frequent guest of the Montana Chamber Music Society and the Muir Quartet. As the artistic director of the Big Sky Classical Music Festival, she is often heard performing with many guest artists such as Matt Haimovitz and Rachel Barton Pine. She has taught often at Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle camps, and has been featured with musicians as diverse as Phil Aaberg, Darol Anger, Emmylou Harris, and John Prine. She can be seen in “Angella Ahn and Friends,” a program presented by Montana PBS’ Emmy award-winning 11th & Grant with Eric Funk.

At Montana State University, Angella shares the much sought-after pedagogy of her mentors Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. She plays a 2013 violin made especially for her by renowned luthier Sam Zygmuntowicz of Brooklyn, New York.