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Biography
Jooyoung Oh

Violinist Joo Young Oh joined the New York Philharmonic in November 2010. He earned an international recognition at the age of 14 when he won first prize at the 1996 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. A native of Jinju, South Korea, he has made numerous solo appearances with orchestras worldwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Colorado and San Jose Symphonies, St. Petersburg and Czech Philharmonics, Hungarian Chamber Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony, Ukraine and Poland National Symphonies, Salzburger Kammer-Philharmonie, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Los Angeles Theater Orchestra, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared at New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles's Walt Disney Hall and the Performing Arts Center, London's Wigmore Hall, Prague's Dvorák Hall, St. Petersburg's Grand Hall, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and many others.

Mr. Oh has also performed extensively in recital throughout the United States, with appearances in Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and New York, in addition to cities around the world. In 2003 he made his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

Joo Young Oh began playing the violin at age five. He has studied with the late Dorothy DeLay, Zahkar Bron, Hyo Kang, Stephen Clapp, New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, and Lisa Kim, New York Philharmonic Associate Principal, Second Violin Group. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School, and a degree in professional studies in orchestra performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

“My father ran a music academy for violin and cello in Jinju. I was surrounded by his students and naturally I wanted to play too. I started the violin at age five. My father was my first teacher.”

Q&A with Joo Young Oh

THE FACTS: Born in Jinju, South Korea. Winner of the 1996 Young Concert Artists International Auditions at age 14. Performed worldwide in recital and as a soloist with orchestras such as the St. Petersburg and Czech Philharmonics, Hungarian Chamber Orchestra, and Prague Radio Symphony. Bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School; degree in professional studies, orchestra performance, from the Manhattan School of Music. At the Philharmonic: Joined in November 2010.

WHEN DID YOU COME TO THE U.S.? I moved here with my family in 1994, when I was 13, to study at Juilliard's Pre-College program. Just prior to the move I attended the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. I didn't know any English then, but I was surrounded by young students, and my ears opened to the language.

EARLIEST MUSICAL MEMORIES: Listening to recordings from the U.S. and performances by Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, and Anne-Sophie Mutter. They influenced me as a child. I did not get to a live performance until I was 11 or 12.

FIRST PIECE OF MUSIC YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH: Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. As a soloist I played it with the Los Angeles Philharmonic when I was 19, and with the KBS Symphony in South Korea and the Colorado Symphony.

BEGAN INSTRUMENT AT AGE: My father ran a music academy for violin and cello in Jinju. I was surrounded by his students and naturally I wanted to play too. I started the violin at age five. My father was my first teacher.

WHO WERE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT MUSICAL INFLUENCES? The late Dorothy Delay; New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow; and Lisa Kim, Philharmonic Associate Principal, Second Violin Group

WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN? When I decided to study in New York

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR MUSIC-MAKING FRESH? I try to come up with different ideas and a new way of playing every time I come back to a work I've previously performed.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT WITH THE ORCHESTRA? The very first concert I played with the Philharmonic, at the end of November 2010. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos was conducting. It was an amazing feeling to play with this wonderful orchestra.

MOST INSPIRING COMPOSER: Beethoven

IF YOU COULD PLAY ANOTHER INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I would love to play the cello. I tried it, but I was really bad!

WHAT'S IN YOUR MP3 PLAYER RIGHT NOW? Recently I‘ve been getting into jazz.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK? I love to exercise and watch movies. I'm also a huge soccer fan.

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