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Yoon Kwon

Instructor, Violin

"With a sound like this, the world is her oyster! " (The New York Sun)

"Yoon Kwon flew over the Philharmonie like an angel…kept us astonished and enchanted throughout." (Kolnische Rundschau, Germany)

Winning the New Jersey Symphony Young Artists Auditions at the age of 13 (the youngest in the history of the competition), violinist Yoon Kwon began her professional career as a 13-year-old joining the roster of IMG Artists, and subsequently made her New York debut at age 17 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, performing the Stravinsky Violin Concerto. 

Since then, she has performed extensively with major orchestras on five continents, such as the Cologne and Warsaw philharmonics, and the California, Cincinnati, Colorado, El Paso, Houston, Honolulu, New Jersey, New Mexico, Phoenix, St. Louis, Wichita, and Vancouver symphonies. Eminent conductors with whom she has collaborated are Alan Gilbert, James Conlon, Lawrence Foster, Paavo Jarvi, Sirgiu Commissiona, among others.

An avid chamber musician, Kwon has collaborated with Andras Schiff, Cho-Liang Lin, David Soyer, Felix Galamir, Fred Sherry, Joseph Silverstein, Lynn Harrell, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, Paul Neubauer, Robert McDuffie, Richard Stolzman, members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, and Orion String quartets, among others. Numerous festival appearances include Marlboro, Verbier, Tanglewood, Kuhmo, Rome, Aspen, La Jolla, Spoleto, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, to name a few. She also gave numerous chamber music performances in New York as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II between 2006 and 2009. As a recitalist, she has performed in more than 100 cities, and toured extensively under CAMI with her sister, pianist Min Kwon. Kwon made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2008. 

Kwon has an eclectic passion for music, and has been a member of jazz quartets and rock bands, while also dabbling in improvisation and fiddling. She frequently performs on her electric violin with Mark O'Connor. Kwon became the first Korean artist to record with RCA Red Seal/BMG in 1996, and has world premiered and recorded many of Anthony Newman's works, and can be heard on the jazz quartet album Phoenix.

She taught at The School at Columbia University, The Juilliard School as an assistant to Cho-Liang Lin, at Kuhmo and La Jolla Festivals, and has led numerous master classes throughout the country.

Kwon holds her bachelor of music, master of music, and the artist diploma from The Juilliard School. A protégé of Dorothy DeLay for over a decade starting from the age of 8, Kwon also studied with Cho-Liang Lin and Donald Weilerstein. In 2013 she marked her eighth season as a member of the first violin section with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.