YooJin Jang, violin

Applauded by The Strad for her “fiery virtuosity” and “consummate
performances,” violinist YooJin Jang is a winner of the 2017 Concert
Artists Guild Competition, and is also First Prize winner of the 2016
Sendai International Music Competition in Japan. These two victories
have resulted in a busy itinerary of international recital and concerto
engagements, and also the release of two new recordings, including a
CD of her prize-winning Sendai concerto performances. “Jang is a
performer without fear or technical limitation” (Boston Musical
Intelligencer).

A native of Korea, YooJin has been performing with top Korean
orchestras since the age of nine, including the KBS Symphony
Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally she has
appeared with the Budapest Festival Orchestra led by Ivan Fischer,
Bulgaria National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emil Tabakov, Sofia
Philharmonia Orchestra with Ljubka Biagioni, the Erato Ensemble led by
Sholomo Mintz, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Spain’s Extremadura
Orchestra conducted by Jesus Amigo, and the NEC Philharmonia led by
Josh Weilerstein.
Yoojin’s 2018-2019 season begins with a solo appearance with the
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven Violin Concerto.
Additional highlights of the season include performances with the Osaka
Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony and DuPage Symphony, as
well as recitals at the Nantucket Musical Arts Society, Patrons for Young
Artists, Macon Concert Association, Dame Myra Hess Series,
Rockefeller University, Pepperdine University and Port Washington
Library. In the spring of 2019 Yoojin will give her Carnegie Hall debut in
Weill Recital Hall.
Other career highlights for YooJin include recitals in Boston at Jordan
Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; in Chicago for the Dame
Myra Hess Memorial Concert series; in Japan for the Sendai
Competition Winner’s series in Sendai, Nagoya and at Hamarikyu Asahi
Hall in Tokyo; and chamber music performances with Caramoor’s Rising
Stars. Ravinia’s Steans Institute on Tour and Music From Marlboro.
In 2017, two new CD’s were released, including YooJin’s live
performances of the Mendelssohn and Stravinsky Violin Concertos with
the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and Junichi Hirokami, and a recital
disc featuring music of Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Grieg and Sibelius with

pianist Kae Ozawa. Her first CD entitled “Korean Young Musicians” was
released on the KBS (Korean Broadcast System) label, in cooperation
with Aulos media & KBS Classic FM. She is also regularly heard on the
radio, including a recent appearance on WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young
Artists Showcase.
A seasoned young artist, YooJin’s latest victories at CAG and Sendai
follow a long line of international competition success. In 2013, she won
Japan’s 4th International Munetsugu Violin Competition, which included
the loan of the 1697 ‘Rainville’ Stradivari violin. She was also a top prize
winner at the prestigious International Violin Competition of Indianapolis,
the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (including the Audience
Prize and Best Performance of the New Zealand Commission Work),
and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition.
Also a passionate chamber musician, YooJin is a co-founder of The
Kallaci String Quartet in 2012, which made its international debut at the
Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea and the Seoul Spring Festival of
Chamber Music. Recognized for her creative work in chamber music,
she won the 2011 Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, and in
2009 she was awarded the Schloss Weikersheim Scholarship as part of
the London String Quartet Competition. YooJin has also participated in
the Marlboro and Ravinia Festivals, where she worked with artists such
as Menahem Pressler, Dénes Várjon, and Peter Wiley.
Born in Korea in 1990, YooJin Jang holds a Bachelor of Music from The
Korean National University of Arts, where she studied under Nam Yun
Kim. She earned a Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, and Artist
Diploma from New England Conservatory, as a student of Miriam Fried,
and she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at NEC.