A BBC Music Magazine rising artist, pianist Joon Yoon has performed at venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican Center, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica Catalana, and New York’s Lincoln Center, among others.
Praised by BBC Radio 3’s In Tune as “Magic”, pianist Joon Yoon made his solo recital debut in Korea at the age of 12 and his concerto debut in the U.S. a year later. He is an avid solo and chamber musician and performs a wide range of repertoire from Bach to Brahms to Carter and contemporary composers.
In 2018, he was the unanimous winner of Guildhall School’s most prestigious award, the Gold Medal, previously won by artists such as Jacqueline du Pre and Bryn Terfel, for which he was named a BBC Music Magazine rising star. He won top prizes at competitions such as the Piano Texas Concerto Competition in the USA, and Piano Campus International Competition in France, as well as winning awards at the Campillos International Piano Competition in Spain and the Verona International Piano Competition in Italy. He was the 2017 winner of the Glass Sellers’ Beethoven Prize at the Guildhall School.
“Magic!” on the radio live performance
BBC Radio 3 In Tune
As an avid chamber musician, he collaborated with prestigious musicians such as current and former members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Ying quartets.
Joon performed in prestigious venues across Asia, Europe, and the USA, including the Barbican Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Palau de la Musica, Seoul Arts Center, and Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. He made concerto appearances with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Sinfonietta, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto.
He was a fellow of prestigious music festivals such as the Music Academy of the West, the Bowdoin International Music Festival’s Kaplan Fellowship program, where he collaborated with faculty members of prestigious music institutions such as the New England Conservatory (Ayano Ninoyama), Oberlin Conservatory (Amir Eldan), and Indiana University (Kurt Muroki). Additionally, he collaborated members of the previous and current Guarneri Quartet (Peter Wiley), and the Juilliard Quartet (Joel Smirnoff), the Ying Quartet (Phillip & David Ying), and New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang.
As a versatile musician, Joon explores contemporary music, performing in festivals such as the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, and New Music New Haven. As a vocal pianist, he appeared in Guildhall’s Songs and Six, and the Leeds Lieder Festival in UK.
His teachers and biggest musical influences are Yong Hi Moon, Robert McDonald, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Ronan O’Hora, having studied with full scholarships at the Juilliard School in New York, Yale School of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He will resume his endeavors with the renowned pianist Kirill Gerstein at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin for the school’s most prestigious Konzertexamen degree.
Aside from music, Joon is an avid cook and a film and art lover, especially those of Wes Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Chang-dong Lee, Chan-wook Park, Wassily Kandinsky, and Joan Miro.
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29th, March, 2019, 1PM
St. Barnabas Church, London
Piano Quartets by Mozart and Brahms
Goethe Piano Quartet
23rd, April, 2019, 7PM
Korean Cultural Centre UK, London
Solo and Chamber Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Brahms
Ben Tarlton, Cello / Joon Yoon, Piano
27th, April, 2019, 11AM
Recital Room, Leeds College of Music
Leeds Lieder Festival: Cortex by Dimitrios Rontsis (World Premier)
William Thomas, Bass / Joon Yoon, Piano
May 23 – June 10, 2019
Sendai International Piano Competition
3rd, December, 2019, 2PM
St. Mary’s Perivale, Middlesex, UK
22nd, January, 2020, 8:30PM
Nouvelle scène nationale-Théâtre 95, Cergy, France
29th, January, 2020, 8:30PM
L’Antarès. Vauréal, France
Goethe Piano Quartet
Members of the Goethe Piano Quartet have all collaborated together in various chamber music settings, including BBC total immersion projects, LSO Pre Concert, and The Guildhall Chamber Music Festival, and Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music and have recently formed the quartet. As individual players, the members of the quartet have won prestigious awards and competitions, which include The Indianapolis Violin Competition, Guildhall Gold Medal, among others to name. The quartet is based in London, where each member studied at the Guildhall School, and the Royal Academy of Music. The quartet’s future engagements include Korean Cultural Center, and St Barnabas Church in London, and Stavanger Young Chamber Musicians Festival in Norway.
Luke Hsu, Violin
Hailed as “in a class by himself with total command of the instrument” by the Montreal Gazette, acclaimed London-based, VC (Violin Channel) Young Artist violinist and composer Luke Hsu has just recently won the bronze medal, the Bach prize, and the Mozart Sonata prize at the 10th Quadrennial Indianapolis International Violin Competition and a major prize at the 2018 ‘Premio Paganini’ in Genoa, Italy. As a soloist, he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Windsor Castle, Kennedy Center, Herkulessaal, Jordan Hall, and Teatro Carlo Felice, among many others. Highlights of his current season included a solo recital at St. John in Smith Square in London, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin on the podium, and his Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 debut with the Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra
Ben Tarlton, Cello
Born in 1995 in Wales, Ben Tarlton studied with Sharon McKinley and Alexander Baillie before being accepted to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Thomas Carroll. In 2014 he received a Scholarship to study with Louise Hopkins at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating with First class honours, he has been awarded a Scholarship to continue his studies there as a Postgraduate Student, with financial help also from The Countess of Munster Trust and Help Musicians UK.In May of 2016 Ben was selected as a Fellow to participate in the Piatigorsky cello festival in Los Angeles and in April 2017, he participated in the masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove, attending Open Chamber Music the following September. He has recently performed chamber music and solo performances in venues such as Milton Court, The Barbican Hall, Wales Millennium Centre and BBC’s Hoddinott Hall.
Oscar Holch, Viola
Oscar Holch studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno where his studies are generously supported by the Leo Birnbaum Scholarship Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He previosuly studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he graduated with a 1st class degree and was awarded the Max Gilbert Prize. He has performed in masterclasses to Tatjana Masurenko, Thomas Riebl and Hartmut Rhode. As a chamber musician, he has appeared at festivals around the UK and in Europe including the Beaminster, Cowbridge, Ryedale, Monteleón Fundación and Vilalte festivals and has performed as part of the Leeds International Lunchtime Concert Series. After winning their annual ‘Apprentice’ competition in February 2018, he performed alongside the Edinburgh Quartet as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August and will return for more concerts in 2018. He has performed the chamber music of Colin Matthews’ at a BBC PromsExtra concert celebrating the composer’s 70th Birthday, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed the music of Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks in a concert celebrating his 70th birthday, collaborating with the composer beforehand. He recently performed in a BBC Total Immersion concert performing the chamber music of composers who lost their lives in WWI.
Joon Yoon, Piano
Pianist Joon Yoon was the unanimous winner of Guildhall School’s most prestigious award, the Gold Medal, previsiouly won by artists such as Jacqueline du Pre and Bryn Terfel, for which he was named a BBC rising star, appearing live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.Joon has performed in venues such as Palau de la Musica Catalana, Lincoln Center, Seoul Arts Center, and the Barbican Center among others to name. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with prestigious musicians such as current and former members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Ying quartets.He has won top prizes in Campillos International Piano Competition (Spain), Verona International Piano Competition (Italy), among numerous others.His teachers and greatest musical influences are Yong Hi Moon, Robert McDonald, and Hung-Kuan Chen. He is a graduate of Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School under full scholarship, and is continuing his studies at the Guildhall School in London as an Artist Diploma candidate with Ronan O’Hora.