Biography

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 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 for the dynamic young talent lauded by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as being “a performer without fear or technical limitation.”

Recent and forthcoming concerto performances include appearances with the Columbus Symphony playing the Brahms Violin Concerto and with the symphony orchestras of Chautauqua, Dubuque, DuPage, Roswell, and University of Chicago. In recital, highlights include YooJin’s recent Carnegie Hall debut and concerts at Jordan Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series in Chicago. A passionate chamber musician, YooJin has performed with Caramoor’s Rising Stars and toured with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and Musicians From Marlboro.

Internationally, YooJin has performed with her native country’s KBS Symphony Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with the Budapest Festival Orchestra led by Ivan Fischer, Bulgaria National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonia Orchestra, Erato Ensemble, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, and Spain’s Extremadura Orchestra; and recitals in Japan for the Sendai Competition Winner’s series in Sendai, Nagoya and at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo.

In 2017, YooJin released two albums: 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 album, 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.

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.

YooJin is also a co-founder of The Kallaci String Quartet, 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.

Audio

Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F Major (1838), Assai vivace

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto In D, Toccata

Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major Op.13, Allegretto tranquillo

Sibelius: Six pieces Op.79, Berceuse

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace

Stravinsky: Divertimento for violin and piano, Pas de deux: coda

Video

  • See video Schumann Violin Concerto

    Schumann Violin Concerto

  • See video  Stravinsky Violin Concerto

    Stravinsky Violin Concerto

  • See video  Souvenir from Jean Sibelius' Six Little Pieces

    Souvenir from Jean Sibelius' Six Little Pieces

Repertoire

  • Orchestral Repertoire

    Beethoven Violin concerto in D Major, Op.61

    Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

    Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

    Haydn Violin Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Hob.VIIa:1

    Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

    Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
    Violin Concerto in D minor

    Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 217
    Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
    Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219

    Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6
    Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7

    Piazzolla Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)

    Ravel Tzigane

    Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

    Schumann Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

    Shostakovich
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Opus 77

    Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

    Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D Major (1931)

    Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

    Vivaldi The Four Seasons

    Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22