Yoo Jin Jang
Yoo Jin Jang is a powerful young violinist who has been praised for her “fiery virtuosity” and sensitive interpretation. She has been performing with top Korean orchestras such as the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra since the age of 9. An active international soloist, Ms. Jang has appeared with Ivan Fischer's Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Bulgaria National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emil Tabakov, the Sofia Philharmonia Orchestra under Ljubka Biagioni, the Erato Ensemble with Sholomo Mintz, the Exremadura Orchestra led by Jesus Amigo, and the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo.
Last season, Ms. Jang’s engagements included the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert in Chicago, the Munetsugu Competition Gala Concerts in Tokyo and Nagoya, a recital at Jordan Hall in Boston, and an appearance with the Nagoya Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra. The upcoming season features her with the Caramoor Rising Stars, Ravinia Steans Institute on Tour, a recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and another recital in Jordan Hall in Boston. In addition, she will appear as soloist with the NEC Philharmonia and conductor Josh Weilerstein, and her first CD, titled “Korean Young Musicians,” will be released on the KBS (Korean Broadcast System) label, Aulos media & KBS Classic FM.
A seasoned competition winner, Ms. Jang has won all of the top youth competitions in Korea including the prestigious Ewha Kyunghyang Competition. Last March, she won the 4th International Munetsugu Violin Competition in Japan, for which she was awarded the loan of the 1697 “Rainville” Stradivarius violin. Most recently, Ms. Jang was awarded Fifth Place and the special prize of “Best sonata other than Beethoven” at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
Ms. Jang was the grand prix winner at the Tchaikovsky Homeland International Competition for Young Musicians and was also awarded Best Performance of a Commissioned Work. She has placed at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, the Yfrah-Neaman International Violin Competition, and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, where she was awarded the Audience Prize and Best Performance of the New Zealand Commissioned Work. She has also won the Second Daewon Music Award, Ishikawa Music Academy I.M.A Award and the Lotos Mozart Prize.
Also a sought after chamber musician, Ms. Jang is a founding member of The Kallaci String Quartet, which made its international debut in 2012 at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea and the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music. She has been recognized for her creative work as a chamber musician; in 2011 she won the Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award and in 2009 was awarded the Schloss Weikersheim Scholarship as part of the London String Quartet Competition. She has participated in the Marlboro and Ravinia Festivals, where she worked with artists such as Menahem Pressler, Dénes Várjon, and Peter Wiley.
Yoo Jin Jang holds a Bachelor of Music from The Korean National University of Arts, where she studied under Nam Yun Kim, and a Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, and Artist Diploma from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Miriam Fried. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at New England Conservatory.
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