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      Violinist Yoo Jin Jang Plays Mendelssohn

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      Yoo Jin Jang

      Yoo Jin Jang

      Korean born violinist Yoo Jin Jang along with pianist Renana Gutman present a program of Mendelssohn,  Sibelius, and Piazzolla live under the Tiffany glass dome from the Chicago Cultural Center.

      Violin Sonata in F major (1838) (23’)
      I. Allegro vivace
      II. Adagio
      III. Assai vivace
      Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847)

      Selections from 6 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 79 (11’)
      I. Souvenir
        V. Tanz-Idylle
       VI. Berceuse
      Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957)

      Tango-Étude No. 3 for Solo Violin (3’)
      Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)


      Yoo Jin Jang is a powerful young violinist who has been praised for her “fiery virtuosity” and sensitive interpretation.

      She has been performing with top Korean orchestras such as the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra since the age of 9. An active international soloist, Yoo Jin has appeared with Ivan Fischer’s Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Bulgaria National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emil Tabakov, the Sofia Philharmonia Orchestra under Ljubka Biagioni, the Erato Ensemble with Sholomo Mintz, the Exremadura Orchestra led by Jesus Amigo, and the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo.

      A seasoned competition winner, Yoo Jin has won all of the top youth competitions in Korea including the prestigious Ewha Kyunghyang Competition. Last March, she won the 4th International Munetsugu Violin Competition in Japan for which she was awarded the loan of the 1697 ‘Rainville’ Stradivari violin. Most recently, YooJin was awarded Fifth Place and the special prize of “Best sonata other than Beethoven” at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the most prestigious competition in the United States.

      Yoo Jin was the grand prix winner at the Tchaikovsky Homeland International Competition for Young Musicians and was also awarded Best Performance of a Commissioned Work. She has placed at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, the Yfrah-Neaman International Violin Competition, and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, where she won the Audience Prize and Best Performance of the New Zealand Commission Work.  Yoo Jin has also been awarded many prestigious international prizes including the Second Daewon Music Award, Ishikawa Music Academy I.M.A Award and the Lotos Mozart Prize.

      Also a sought after chamber musician, Yoojin founded The Kallaci String Quartet with Hyuk-ju Kwan, Hanna Lee, and Joon-Ho Shim. In 2012, The Kallaci String Quartet made its international debut at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, Korea and the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music. Yoo Jin has been recognized for her creative work as a chamber musician—in 2011 she won the Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award and in 2009 was awarded the Schloss Weikersheim Scholarship as part of the London String Quartet Competition.  Yoo Jin has also participated in the Marlboro and Ravinia Festivals, where she worked with artists such as Menahem Pressler, Dénes Várjon, and Peter Wiley.

      Yoo Jin holds a Bachelor of Music from The Korean National University of Arts, where she studied under Nam Yun Kim, and a Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, and Artist Diploma from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Miriam Fried. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at New England Conservatory.  (Born :  22 December 1990 in Korea)

      Renana Gutman, Pianist

      Praised by the New York Times for her “passionate and insightful” playing, Renana Gutman has performed across four continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and collaborative artist. She played at venues like The Louvre Museum, (France), Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia (Russia), Stresa Music Festival (Italy), Ravinia Rising Stars (Chicago), Jordan Hall (Boston), Herbst Theatre (St. Francisco), Menuhin Hall (UK), UNISA (South Africa), Marlboro (VT), and Washington National Gallery.

      Her performances are heard frequently on WQXR Young Artists Showcase, NY, WFMT Dame Myra Hess, Chicago, and MPR Performances Today, MN.

      A top prize winner at Los Angeles Liszt competition, International Keyboard Festival in New York, and Tel-Hai Internationl Master Classes, she has performed with orchestras including Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian “I Fiamminghi”, Mannes College Orchestra.


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