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Described by Strad Magazine as "exuberant... seductive... with bravura and oodles of personality" Korean-born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir is winner of the prestigious Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award, in association with Classic FM, and the Royal College of Music's President's Award. She has performed at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir Karl Jenkins and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Fairfield Halls and at St. James's Palace for HRH The Prince of Wales. She regularly appears on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.


Her repertoire is striking and diverse. She has played concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Barber, Dvorak, Sibelius, Walton, Bruch and Brahms; other concerto repertoire includes Haydn, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, and a particular interest in 20th century works - Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Korngold, Elgar, Britten, Schnittke, Khachaturian and Shostakovich. In recital, she is equally at home in solo violin repertoire (Bach, Ysaye, Kreisler and Paganini) as she is in close collaboration with piano or guitar (the latter as one half of the Snowden-Sir Duo). Her collaboration with Sir Karl Jenkins has already resulted in two works especially written for her unique sound and personality - Lament for the Valley (which became part of his choral work Cantata Memoria) and Chatterbox! (originally for violin/piano, but now also orchestrated for violin/string orchestra).

 

Aged sixteen, Joo Yeon was overall Grand Prix Laureate at the Nedyalka Simeonova International Violin Competition in Bulgaria. After studying at the Royal College of Music, with Dr. Felix Andrievsky, in 2015-6 she was selected for the St. John's Smith Square young Artist Residency. She has also been a Tillett Trust Young Artist and the grateful recipient of many awards, from the Royal Philharmonic Society, Making Music and others.

 

Also a composer, Joo Yeon is a former winner of the coveted BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year and her works have been premiered and performed at the Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Her latest work, written for herself and duo guitar partner, Laura Snowden, was premiered on BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women's Day 2017.

 

The 2016-2017 season saw the release of two discs: the Deutsche Grammophon CD and world premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins' Cantata Memoria - For the Children, recorded with Sinfonia Cymru, and her first solo CD - Suites & Fantasies - with her duo partner Irina Andrievsky, which was released to great critical acclaim by Rubicon: "A dazzling debut... Joo Yeon Sir melds technical assurance with rare artistic sensibility" The Guardian. Her second disc, with music by Stravinsky, Bartok and Vladigerov (also with Rubicon), is due for release in spring 2019.

 

Last season saw a busy residency at the Lichfield Festival, where she performed the complete Paganini Caprices for the first time, along with a world premiere by Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, concerto performances in Prague and at St John's Smith Square and The Lark Ascending at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as well as recitals in London and in Cheltenham.

 

This season sees her debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, plus concertos by Glazunov, Prokofiev, Bruch, Barber and Elgar, alongside recitals in London and at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

 

Joo Yeon plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin kindly provided by Georg von Opel.

(2018-2019 season)


For audio and video recordings of Joo Yeon's performances, please visit her YouTube channel.

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