Saturday, July 15, 2023

Nicholas Yoo | 1st Prize | Violin | 10th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

Nicholas Yoo is a violinist studying with Elizabeth Chang in the Pre-College Division at the Juilliard School. Recently named a Merit winner of the National YoungArts Competition, he is also the first prize winner of numerous music competitions such as the MTNA NJ Senior String Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Musicians, Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, Camerata Artists International Competition, and the Queensboro Symphony Concerto Competition. Nicholas has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall.

He has participated in masterclasses with acclaimed violinists and pedagogues such as Daniel Phillips, Ani Kavafian, Phillip Setzer, Bayla Keyes, Masao Kawasaki, and Bruno Eicher. Nicholas has spent his summers at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont and the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy. Last summer, he served as the concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra 2 (NYO2), performing at the New World Center and Carnegie Hall.  

He debuted in 2015 with the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra and recently performed as a soloist with the Oistrakh Symphony in Chicago, Illinois under the baton of Maestro Mina Zikri. 

As an avid chamber musician, he has participated in the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program and recently won 2nd Prize at the 2023 Coltman Chamber Music Competition with his piano trio. Orchestrally, he was selected as concertmaster of the Pre-College String Ensemble and the Pre-College Symphony.

This summer, he will be joining the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) for its 10th anniversary season, as the ensemble tours North America with Sir Andrew Davis and violinists Hilary Hahn and Gil Shaham.

Besides music, he enjoys creative writing, hanging out with friends, and trying out new cuisines from different cultures while traveling across the world.

Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, I. Allegro moderato (13:45)

Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3, I. Allegro assai (4:28)

J.S.Bach Violin Sonata No  1 in G minor, BWV 1001, II. Fuga - Allegro (5:58)