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"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)


Korean-born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir is winner of the prestigious The Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award 2014 in association with Classic FM, and the Royal College of Music's President's Award presented by HRH The Prince of Wales. She has performed at Royal Albert Hall with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of Sir Karl Jenkins, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Fairfield Halls and at St James's Palace in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales. She has appeared live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and her performances broadcast on Classic FM.


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 been recipient of Royal Philharmonic Society Emily Anderson Award, and selected for St. John's Smith Square Young Concert Artist Residency, Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists and Tillett Trust Young Concert Artist Platform. Following studies with Dr. Felix Andrievsky at the Purcell School of Music and at the Royal College of Music as a Scholar where she twice won the Concerto Competition, Joo Yeon was also Constant & Kit Lambert Junior Fellow 2014-2015 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Musicians, presenting a sold-out concert series of the complete Beethoven's 10 Sonatas for Violin and Piano cycle with 10 different pianists as part of the Fellowship.


Also a composer, Joo Yeon won the coveted title of BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year in 2005; her works have been performed at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Cheltenham Town Hall and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. At present, she is working closely on transcriptions and compositions with her violin-guitar duo partner Laura Snowden for Snowden-Sir Duo, supported by International Guitar Foundation Young Artists Platform.


Season's highlight include appearance on Deutsche Grammophon CD for Sir Karl Jenkins' Cantata Memoria - For the Children, her CD 'Suites & Fantasies' release on Rubicon Classics in May 2017, a return to Royal Festival Hall with London Concert Orchestra and a debut with London Mozart Players.


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


(Last updated September 2016) 


For audio and video recordings of Joo Yeon's performances, please visit her YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/jooyeonsir

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