"Exuberant" (Strad Magazine 2013)
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 Tillett Trust Young Concert Artist Platform, Royal Philharmonic Society Emily Anderson Award, Isolde Menges Prize and she has twice won the prestigious Concerto Competition at the Royal College of Music, where she currently studies with Dr. Felix Andrievsky as a RCM Scholar supported by a Gandar Dower Award.
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 transcriptions with her violin-guitar duo partner Laura Snowden.
Performance highlights in the current season have included appearances at international music festivals in Leeds, Bradford, Lincoln, Kings Lynn and Stratford-upon-Avon. She also performed at the Wigmore Hall, as a Tillett Trust Young Concert Artist, where she was described as "feline and seductive, rattling off the fiendish cadenza with bravura and oodles of personality" (Strad Magazine 2013).
Joo Yeon plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin kindly provided by Georg von Opel.
(Last updated April 2014)
For audio and video recordings of Joo Yeon's performances, please visit her YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/jooyeonsir