"Exuberant... feline and seductive, rattling off the fiendish cadenza with bravura and oodles of personality"
(Strad Magazine 2013, Wigmore Hall recital supported by Tillett Trust Young Concert Artist Platform)
Winner of the prestigious Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award 2014 in association with The Arts Club and Classic FM and The President's Award presented by HRH The Prince of Wales, Korean-born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician at major venues across the UK including Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly, Fairfield Halls, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Gallery and St James's Palace in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.
In 2006, aged sixteen, Joo Yeon was overall Grand Prix Laureate at the Nedyalka Simeonova International Violin Competition in Bulgaria, where her gala performance was broadcast on Bulgarian National Radio. Since then, she has won numerous competitions and awards across Europe including the Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, Tillett Trust Young Concert Artist Platform, Royal Philharmonic Society Emily Anderson Award and Isolde Menges Prize. Joo Yeon has twice won the prestigious Concerto Competition at the Royal College of Music, where she currently studies with Dr. Felix Andrievsky on the Artist Diploma programme as Constant & Kit Lambert Junior Fellow 2014-2015.
Also a composer, Joo Yeon won the coveted title of BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year in 2005 for her composition Conflict in Time, which was subsequently performed at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. During her studies at the Purcell School, she composed a work for the Birtwistle Games Festival at the Southbank Centre. Her first orchestral work Cold Dark Matter; an Exploded View for Orchestra was inspired by the British sculptor Cornelia Parker's work of the same title and was premiered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in February 2008. At present, she is working closely on own transcriptions and compositions with her violin-guitar duo partner Laura Snowden for Snowden-Sir Duo, supported by International Guitar Foundation Young Artists Platform. The duo is also committed to bringing music to the wider community, performing at St. Wilfred's Care Home, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital. This year, the duo was invited to work with Royal College of Music Junior Department Composition Faculty.
Performance highlights in the current season include debut recital at Bridgewater Hall as part of Manchester Mid-day Concert Society's Centenary Season as well as concerto appearances with Croydon Symphony Orchestra in Fairfields Halls, Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra, City of Cambridge Orchstra and Trinity Camerata supported by Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists. As Constant & Kit Junior Fellow 2014-2015, Joo Yeon will also be working as an illustrator of the violin repertoire, appearing in four rush-hour recitals at RCM throughout the year, showcasing the complete 10 Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Beethoven with 10 different RCM pianists.
Joo Yeon plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin kindly provided by Georg von Opel.
(Last updated January 2015)
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