Joo Yeon Sir - Violin

Joo Yeon Sir

Korean-born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir is winner of the prestigious The Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award 2014 in association with Classic FM and The President’s Award presented by HRH The Prince of Wales. She has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician at major venues across the UK including Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James’s Piccadilly, Fairfield Halls, Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and St. James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

In 2006, aged sixteen, Joo Yeon was overall Grand Prix Laureate at the Nedyalka Simeonova International Violin Competition in Bulgaria, where her gala performance was broadcast on Bulgarian National Radio. Since then, she has won numerous competitions including St John’s Smith Square Young Concert Artist, Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, Tillett Trust Young Concert Artist Platform and Royal Philharmonic Society Emily Anderson Award. Joo Yeon has twice won the Concerto Competition at the Royal College of Music, where she currently studies with Dr. Felix Andrievsky on Artist Diploma programme as Constant & Kit Lambert Junior Fellow 2014-2015 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Also a composer, Joo Yeon won the coveted title of BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year in 2005 and her works have been performed widely and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. At present, she is working closely on own transcriptions and compositions with her violin-guitar duo partner Laura Snowden for Snowden-Sir Duo, supported by International Guitar Foundation Young Artists Platform.

Joo Yeon plays on a Matteo Goffriller violin kindly provided by Georg von Opel.

“exuberant… feline and seductive… bravura and oodles of personality” - Strad Magazine

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