Yoon Kwon, violin
Concert Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 8pm; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Program: Part Fratres for violin and piano; Bach Partita no. 2 in d minor, BWV 1004; Korngold Much Ado About Nothing Suite op. 11; Ysaye Sonata for Sol Violin, op. 27, no. 3; Ravel Sonata for Violin and Piano (Pianist: Gilles Vonsattel)
Biography: Described by Dorothy DeLay as a violinist with "staggering imagination" and "one of the most expressive tones I've ever heard", violinist Yoon Kwon's compelling musicianship and dynamic stage presence have won the hearts of audiences around the world. Her performances have earned her critical acclaim across four continents, garnering remarks such as "magic that transcends mere pyrotechnical flash", "infinitely beautiful sound... holding an audience spellbound", and "utterly assured and carefree...a talent that kept us enchanted throughout".
Yoon Kwon began her professional career in 1993 as a thirteen-year-old, youngest winner in the history of the New Jersey Symphony Young Artists Auditions joining the roster of IMG Artists, alongside such artists as Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell. She has since concertized extensively as soloist with major orchestras and in recitals and chamber music appearances with distinguished musicians. Today, still only in her mid-twenties, Yoon Kwon is a seasoned artist with a remarkable and excitingly versatile career. In addition to her solo appearances, she is currently the youngest first violinist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two, and the lead violinist of her own jazz ensemble, Emergence, appearing regularly in New York City's jazz clubs.
As soloist, Ms. Kwon has appeared abroad with such orchestras as the Cologne Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, (it's 100th season opening gala) Orquesta Sinfonica de Teatro Colon (Argentina), Euro-Asian Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Istanbul State Symphony, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Her numerous US appearances include performances with the symphonies of Cincinnati, Chicago, Colorado, Greenville, Houston, Honolulu, Phoenix, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, St. Louis, and Wichita, and others. Among the conductors she has collaborated with are James Conlon, Lawrence Foster, Sergiu Commissiona, Paavo Jarvi, Haermann Michael, Stefan Sandering, Alan Gilbert, Tandeuz Strugala, Gurer Aykal, David Lockington, Andre Raphael Smith, and Enrique Batiz.