Planet M Records co-founders Melia Watras and Michael Jinsoo Lim. Photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis

Planet M Records co-founders Melia Watras and Michael Jinsoo Lim. Photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis

Planet M Records is a Seattle-based, independent, artist-led record label, specializing in Classical music with an emphasis on new music, co-founded by musicians Michael Jinsoo Lim and Melia Watras.
 

Michael Jinsoo Lim, Director and Co-Founder
Violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim has been praised by Gramophone for playing with “delicious abandon,” and hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “conspicuously accomplished champion of contemporary music.” Concertmaster and solo violinist for the internationally acclaimed Pacific Northwest Ballet, Lim is featured as soloist with the company in concertos by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Bach and others, and has toured with PNB to Paris and New York City. Lim is artistic director of the Seattle-based ensemble Frequency and was co-founder of the award-winning Corigliano Quartet, with whom he appeared on over a dozen albums. Lim attended Indiana University, where he studied with the legendary Josef Gingold, and the Juilliard School, where he taught an assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet. In addition to his work as a performer, Lim serves on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts.

Melia Watras, Co-Founder
Hailed by Gramophone as “an artist of commanding and poetic personality” and described as “staggeringly virtuosic” by The Strad, violist/composer Melia Watras has distinguished herself as one of her instrument’s leading voices. She has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Alice Tully Hall, while achieving acclaim as an established recording artist. Watras has released 6 albums, while performing on 13 others as violist of the Corigliano Quartet, an ensemble which she co-founded and toured with for 20 years. As a composer, her works have been performed throughout the United States and in Europe. Watras studied with Atar Arad at Indiana University and served as a teaching assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet while at the Juilliard School. She is currently Professor of Viola and chair of Strings at the University of Washington School of Music, where she was awarded the Adelaide D. Currie Cole Endowed Professorship, the Donald E. Petersen Endowed Fellowship and the Royalty Research Fund.