Yeon-Ji Yun is active as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and clinician. Her most recent concert tour took place in Asia including China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, where she gave series of successful master classes and concerts. “Three Brahms Cello Sonatas” with pianist Nariaki Sugiura had a great success in 2008. Following her recital with Raquel Gorgojo in Segovia Music Conservatoire in Spain received highest acclaim. Her Walton Concerto Performance in 2007 was described by the music critic as “Impressive care of its array of mechanical demands” and “Great success infusing her performance with generous portions of the music’s exotic nature”. As a clinician, she gave multiple cello classes at Universities in South Korea, China and US, and she has been receiving frequent invitations from many institutions.
She is the top prize winner in numerous competitions around the world including The Eleventh Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America, Indiana University Travel Grant Competition and Concerto Competition, Chunchu Music Competition, Seoul National Competition, Nanpa Music Competition, Korean-American Competition, and most recently Paganini special mention from the Ibla World Competition in 2008.
Born in Seoul, she began studying cello at age nine, studying at Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School in Korea. Upon receiving the highest honor from the school and she was awarded to perform Boccherini’s B-flat Major Cello Concerto with the Seoul Art High School Orchestra and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Korean Symphony Orchestra. From 2000, she began working for Korean Symphony Orchestra while attending Seoul National University. During this period, she frequently gave solo and chamber recitals with famous musicians in Korea. She received Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Seoul National University in 2002. In 2005, she came to study in the US, receiving Performer Diploma of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Later she studied with Distinguished Cello Professor Janos Starker finishing doctoral degree in 2010.
She is currently teaching at Indiana Wesleyan University and DePauw University (Sabbatical Replacement). Previously she was an instructor at Indiana University String Academy and an assistant instructor at Seoul National University and Indiana University. Her new CD “Love Songs” was released early 2010. She performs on a French Cello, Guersan of 1766.