Meet the Performers
Joe MacDonald, 17, a senior at Commonwealth School in Boston, started studying violin with Fudeko Takahashi at age 7 and is currently studying with Professor Yuri Mazurkevich of Boston University.
Joe has been awarded many prizes, including the first prize in the Dr. Carol Vasconcellos Youth Concerto Competition for the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, first prize in the Waltham Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and first prize in the New England Conservatory Prep Concerto Competition.
In addition to his solo work, Joe is an avid chamber and orchestral musician. He has been active in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra for 10 years and NEC prep chamber program for 6 years. Joe was also awarded the George Keches Award for outstanding commitment and performance in BYSO. He has performed numerous concerts, master classes, festivals and has been sharing his music with the community at many venues such as Boston Symphony Hall, NEC Jordan Hall, Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Harvard Sanders Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, Austria and Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, among others.
Khoi Le is a senior at Lexington High School, and has been playing the piano for thirteen years. He has participated in numerous competitions, most recently being first prize in the Boston Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. Khoi has also performed as a percussionist for seven years with numerous ensembles and is currently president of the Lexington High School Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, and section leader for the LHS Chamber Orchestra. Outside of music, he participates as class council president, watches a movie every other day, and loves sleeping.
Sanae Koinuma performs as a soloist, accompanist, and collaborator in different chamber ensembles. She performs at a variety of concerts including a faculty recital at Longy School of Music of Bard College. She is passionately teaches students at a private studio in Lexington, teaching about 20 students. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association and Massachusetts Music Teachers Association. Her students have received awards of recognition in many competitions. Currently, she is a trainee of Andover Educations, studying body mapping for musicians. She received a Master’s degree in Music from Longy School of Music in Boston where Victor Rosenbaum and Robert Merfeld coach. She worked with Dr. Margaret Evans at Meredith College in North Carolina. She received a Bachelor's degree in Music from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo where Kyoko Okayama coaches. Sanae joined BCC in 2016.
Masabumi Koinuma is a community musician who is active in collaborating with regional musicians on chamber and orchestral works. Born in Kanagawa, Japan, he began playing clarinet in university and quickly picked up the skills to play as a solo and orchestral player. Back when he was in Japan, he was a member of the Amadeus Orchester Tokyo, Blumen Philharmonie, Ensemble Meson, IBM Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan and the University of Tokyo Orchestra. As a soloist, he performed duet-concertino for clarinet and bassoon by Richard Strauss with Blumen Philharmonie in 1999. He continued his music activity after he came to the United States in 2005 for his work as an engineer. He is currently a member of New Philharmonia Orchestra. He also enjoys performing collaborative pieces in chamber concerts. He studied clarinet under Kunio Hirabayashi.
Masa joined BCC in 2017.