Meet the Viola Studio
Meet the Viola Studio
Students in the UNCSA Viola Studio range from high school to graduate-level studies. The studio is led by Jordan Bak.
David Rankin, a fifteen-year-old violist, is currently in his sophomore year at the
University of North Carolina School of the Arts' high school program. Hailing from
Charlotte, North Carolina, he began playing the viola at the age of ten. Prior to
attending UNCSA, David studied with Mr. Matt Darsey. In 2022, he won the Arts+ String
Solo Competition and earned the distinction of being a Debbie Abels Strings Scholar.
David has held the position of principal violist in both the Charlotte Symphony Youth
Orchestra (CSYO) and the Charlotte Symphony Youth Philharmonic (CSYP). He has also
participated in the North Carolina Junior Western Regional Honors Orchestra and the
North Carolina Western Regional Honors Orchestra. Additionally, David enjoys performing
chamber music and has been a member of various quartets in recent years. This past
summer, he had the privilege of studying under the guidance of Dr. Eric Koontz at
the Hayes School of Music. He is very excited to study with Professor Bak at UNCSA
and further nurture his growth as a musician.
Joshua Forbes, Natural Born Violist, was raised in Durham, North Carolina. As a child
he was always interested in music. At the age of 7 he started out as a singer for
a music school called Cinitapp located in Raleigh NC. By being a part of this team
it piqued his interest in the arts. His true passion for the viola began in middle
school at Durham School of the Arts. He was first introduced to the viola by the
music teacher Mr. Boyd Gibson. That is when Joshua fell in love with music. During
2017, Joshua decided it was time to pursue music as a career and began to study under
Simon Ertz. In 2018, Joshua took a leap of faith and decided to attend UNCSA for high
school. As a high school student, Joshua studied viola with Ulrich Eichenauer. He
is currently an undergraduate violist at UNCSA in the Winston Salem North Carolina
area. A native of Durham, North Carolina, Joshua began his studies on the viola at
the age of eleven. He is pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming a soloist, and professional
chamber musician. Since then, he has attended summer intensives across the United
States: Northern Lights Chamber music festival, Green Mountain chamber music festival,
and Landeskakademie für musizierende, and the Josef Gingold Chamber music festival
of Miami. He’s also been able to play under several professional conductors. When
not performing, Joshua spends his free time making tea and sight reading.
Hi, my name is RoKem Bayne. I am a senior in the high school program from Hendersonville, NC, and have been playing the viola since the 6th grade. I love Shostakovich, Boba Tea, and chamber music. My favorite performer is Sara Kim and I hope to one day see her live in concert. In my free time I enjoy cooking, hiking, and watching pop-science videos. My greatest fault as a musician and student is that I am a huge procrastinator. Post-high school, I am looking to double-major in data science and music performance, although my dream job is to tour as a chamber musician. If I could be any animal, it would be a cat as I would be able to sleep all day, and no one loves their pets quite like cat owners do.
Yiming Zhao, graduate student from China. Started playing viola when she was 17 years old, learned from Prof. Yanming Xu. In 2017, she was going to Tianjin Conservatory of Music to continue studying viola with Professor Yanming Xu. Yiming graduated from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in 2021. During this period, she participated in various concerts as an orchestral player. In the summer of 2019, she went to New York to participate in the New York International Music festival. And she got the second prize of festival competition. She also Won the first prize of professional Group in Tianjin division of Milan International Competition in 2018. After graduating from college, she has participated in many large-scale performances by the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra. During two gap years, she studied viola performing with Honggang Li,Tianjin Juilliard Professor of viola and Yin Pan, principal viola of Tianjin Symphony Orchestra.