Soyoung Yoon

Prizewinner of major competitions including the Senior 1st Prize of the Menuhin Competition 2002, to which she returned as a juror in 2018, violinist Soyoung Yoon has earned the respect of her peers as a violinist and chamber musician of the highest calibre.

Soyoung is increasingly in demand on the international stage, having performed as soloist with a number of leading orchestras to date, including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Russian National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra and Zurich Chamber Orchestra.  Recent and forthcoming highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Konzerthaus, as well as a tour of Germany with the Prague Philharmonia. 

Soyoung has collaborated frequently with the Korean Chamber Orchestra, touring through Asia, Europe, and North America in the process.  Together with Veit Hertenstein and Benjamin Gregor-Smith, she founded the ORION String Trio in 2012. 

Based between Basel and Seoul, Soyoung studied at the National University of the Arts in South Korea, with Zakhar Bron at the Cologne University of Music and Dance, and at the Zurich University of the Arts.  She plays the J. B. Guadagnini violin (ex-Bückeburg) made in Turin in 1773.

“The Menuhin Competition is the perfect place to be inspired and share inspiration amongst one another.  I am very much looking forward to listening to all these talented young players' beautiful musical languages.”