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Esther Yoo

Violinist Esther Yoo — one of the few classical soloists who are fully tricultural — was born in New Jersey, where she spent her early years; received her education in Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom; and proudly retains her family’s Korean heritage. Having roots in three continents contributes to her exceptionally broad range of expression and is unquestionably a factor in making her one of the most articulate and gifted communicators in the field of classical music. A prolific recording artist, she has released several albums on Deutsche Grammophon, including Barber and Bruch Violin Concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which she served as its first artist-in-residence. She has also released two DG albums as a member of Z.E.N. Trio.

Yoo has performed with leading conductors — among them Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vasily Petrenko, Dalia Stasevska, Myung-whun Chung, Thierry Fischer, Karina Canellakis, and Ken-David Masur — and with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Seoul Philharmonic. She has appeared at Lincoln Center in New York City, Royal Albert Hall in London, Hong Kong City Hall, and Seoul Arts Center, as well as at prominent festivals such as the BBC Proms and Aspen Music Festival. Her 2024 highlights include a tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the world premiere of Raymond Yiu’s violin concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Davis, and returns to iconic venues such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Esther Yoo was the youngest prizewinner of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, in 2010, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition, in 2012.

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