Joo Yeon Sir - Violinist

Described by Strad Magazine as “exuberant… seductive… with bravura and oodles of personality” Korean-born British violinist Joo Yeon Sir is winner of the prestigious Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award, in association with Classic FM, and the Royal College of Music’s President’s Award. She has performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Karl Jenkins, the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Fairfield Halls and at St. James’s Palace for HRH The Prince of Wales.  She regularly appears on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

Her repertoire is striking and diverse.  She has played concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Barber, Dvorak, Sibelius, Walton, Bruch and Brahms; other concerto repertoire includes Haydn, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, and a particular interest in 20th century works – Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Korngold, Elgar, Britten, Schnittke, Shostakovich and Nielsen.  In recital, she is equally at home in solo violin repertoire (Bach, Ysaÿe, Kreisler and Paganini) as she is in close collaboration with piano or guitar (the latter as one half of the Snowden-Sir Duo).   Her collaboration with Sir Karl Jenkins has already resulted in two works especially written for her unique sound and personality – Lament for the Valley (which became part of his choral work Cantata Memoria) and Chatterbox! (originally for violin/piano, but now also orchestrated for violin/string orchestra).

Aged sixteen, Joo Yeon was overall Grand Prix Laureate at the Nedyalka Simeonova International Violin Competition in Bulgaria.  After studying at the Royal College of Music, with Dr Felix Andrievsky, in 2015-6 she was selected for the St. John’s Smith Square Young Artist Residency.  She has also been a Tillett Trust Young Artist and the grateful recipient of many awards, from the Royal Philharmonic Society, Making Music and others.

Also a composer, Joo Yeon won the coveted title of BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year in 2005 and her works have been premiered and performed at the Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3.  Her latest work written for herself and duo guitar partner, Laura Snowden, was premiered on BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017.

The 2016-17 season saw the release of two discs:  the Deutsche Grammophon CD release and world premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria – For the Children, recorded at Wales Millennium Centre with Sinfonia Cymru, and her first  solo CD – Suites & Fantasies –  with her duo partner Irina Andrievsky, released to great critical acclaim by Rubicon – “A dazzling debut…Joo Yeon Sir melds technical assurance with rare artistic sensibility” The GuardianHer second disc, featuring music by Stravinsky, Bartok and Vladigerov (also with Rubicon), is due for release in spring 2019.

Last season saw a busy residency at the Lichfield Festival, where she performed the complete Paganini Caprices for the first time, along with a world premiere by Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, concerto performances in Prague and at St John’s, Smith Square, and The Lark Ascending at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as well as recitals in London and in Cheltenham.

This season sees her debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, plus concertos by Glazunov, Prokofiev, Bruch, Barber and Elgar, alongside recitals in London and at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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

www.jooyeonsir.com

“Ysaÿe’s Poème élégiaque received a glowing performance, with Sir beautifully shaping its long sinuous lines and producing fine G-string playing in the funeral march. She was exuberant in Darius Milhaud’s ‘cinema-fantasie’ Le boeuf sur le toit, feline and seductive, rattling off the fiendish cadenza (by Honegger, I think) with bravura and oodles of personality. It’s a technical roast, often in several keys at once, brilliantly delivered.

– Wigmore Hall 11 November 2013, Tim Homfray, The Strad

 

From Joo Yeon’s new album Suites & Fantasies (RCD1003) – with kind permission of www.rubiconclassics.com

De Falla: Suite popular Española – II. Nana

 

Britten: Suite for Violin and Piano Op. 6 – III. Moto perpetuo

Reviews of Joo Yeon Sir to follow.

Britten: Suite for Violin and Piano Op. 6 – III. Moto perpetuo

From Joo Yeon’s recently-released album Suites & Fantasies (RCD1003) – with kind permission of www.rubiconclassics.com

De Falla: Suite popular Española – II. Nana

From Joo Yeon’s recently-released album Suites & Fantasies (RCD1003) – with kind permission of www.rubiconclassics.com