Joo Yeon Sir is an exciting young Korean-born British violinist based in London. With over twenty concertos in her repertoire, she has performed as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestras at numerous venues across the UK, including Wigmore Hall, St James's Palace in the presence of HRH Prince of Wales, National Gallery as part of Belle Shenkman series, Fairfield Halls Croydon, Victoria & Albert Museum, St. James's Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields. In 2006, aged 16, she was overall Grand Prix Laureate at Nedyalka Simeonova International Violin Competition in Haskovo, Bulgaria, where her gala performance was broadcast on Bulgarian National Radio. Since then she has won numerous competitions and awards in the UK and abroad including the Royal Philharmonic Society Emily Anderson Award, Isolde Menges Prize for best unaccompanied Bach and twice winning the prestigious Concerto Competitions at Royal College of Music, where she currently studies with Dr. Felix Andrievsky as a Scholar supported by Gandar Dower Award.
As a composer, Joo Yeon won the coveted title of BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year in 2005 for her composition Conflict in Time. It was performed at the Wigmore Hall, at Cadogan Hall by Endymion and also broadcast on BBC Radio 3. While a student at Purcell School, she wrote a work for the Birtwistle 'Games Festival' at the South Bank Centre. Her first orchestral work -- Cold Dark Matter; an Exploded View for Orchestra - was inspired by the British sculptor Cornelia Parker's work with the same title and premiered at Queen Elizabeth Hall in February 2008.
Performance highlights in the current season include recitals at Wigmore Hall as Tillett Trust Young Concert Artists 2013-2014 as well as part of international music festivals in Stratford on Avon, Bradford, Leeds, Lincoln and Kings Lynn.
Joo Yeon is grateful for the generous support of many organisations and individuals to her development as a musician; especially Georg von Opel, John Nickson, George Stennett, Benslow Music Trust, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Royal Philharmonic Society, Philharmonia Orchestra / Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and Tillett Trust Young Concert Artists' Platform.
For videos and audio recordings of her recent live performances, please visit Joo Yeon's YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/jooyeonsir
(Last updated October 2013)