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
Works by Beethoven, Rameau, Couperin, Ravel, and Liszt
6th, December, 2019, 1PM
St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK
Works by Beethoven, Couperin, Ravel, and Liszt
22nd, January, 2020, 8:30PM
Nouvelle scène nationale-Théâtre 95, Cergy, France
Works by Couperin, Rameau, Debussy, Granados, Liszt, and Ravel
26th January – 2nd February, 2020
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Gurwitz International Piano Competition
Works by Couperin, Rameau, Debussy, Granados, Liszt, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Ravel, and more
27th February, 2020
New North London Synagogue, London, UK
Works by Rameau, Beethoven, Brahms, and more
17th April, 2020
St. James’ Church, Picadilly, London, UK
Works by Beethoven and Ravel
4th – 14th May, 2020
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Bourgie Hall, Montreal, Canada
Concours musical international de Montréal
Works by Rameau, Yun, Scriabin, Brahms, Prokofiev, Ravel, and more
11th January, 2021
St. Mary’s Perivale, Middlesex, UK