Conductor & Piano
IMG Artists Seoul
Yoonjee is a conductor and pianist akin to a Renaissance artist—her supreme intelligence combined with her wide-ranging abilities enable her to be an equally consummate performer in the fields of orchestral and opera conducting, solo piano and chamber music. As a conductor, she is the recent laureate of the 1st Makris International Conducting Competition, where she won the Best Concerto Accompaniment Award as well as Honorable Mention. She is also the music director of Solius Orchestra, a group she founded in 2017 in Korea.
As a pianist recognized for her “vibrant sound palette” and “sense of architecture,” Yoonjee is a prizewinner of international piano competitions in Germany, Italy, Spain and the USA. Having been part of the Perlman Music Program, Yoonjee is also a phenomenal collaborator who has performed chamber music with violinist Itzhak Perlman in venues such as the Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center. She is currently a member of an award-winning piano duo Yoo + Kim.Read more
Originally from Seoul, Yoonjee grew up in Tokyo, Moscow and New York and trained at the Pre-College division of the Juilliard School as a full-scholarship recipient. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, where she oversaw and conducted a full production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Opera Theatre of Yale College. She thereafter received postgraduate degrees in both piano and conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hannover in Germany and the Master of Music degree in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK. Her conducting teachers include Jonathan Brett, Clark Rundell, Mark Heron and Paul Weigold; she has also attended masterclasses by Paavo & Neeme Järvi, Juanjo Mena, Vasily Petrenko, Mark Stringer and Paul McCreesh.
While studying in Manchester, she conducted a performance with the Manchester Camerata, assisted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for its production of Puccini’s Tosca and a performance of Haydn’s Creation and performed Schonberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at London’s Southbank Centre in 2013 as part of Rest is Noise Festival. She has subsequently been invited as a guest conductor to such orchestras as Gwangju Symphony Orchestra and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra.
Yoonjee is currently based in Hannover, Germany. She is both a piano faculty member and a staff pianist for the Voice Department at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover and teaches score reading (Partiturspiel) at Musikhochschule Lübeck. Her interest in languages and literature makes her an avid reader, a polyglot and a certified translator.
“Her impeccable and precise musical interpretation and charismatic conducting won her the first prize.”
“Kim attacked the composition with great determination in its virtuosic and robust parts, and with elegance and poise in the more intimate ones.”
“She is a true artist of high integrity, a many-sided, sophisticated and erudite musician. The double identity of Ms. Kim as a pianist and as a conductor gives her an all-round musical outlook, which is broader than that of the usual virtuoso.”
Matti Raekallio, Professor of Piano at Juilliard School (27 June 2014)
“She subsequently conducted Berlioz Harold in Italy with extraordinary skill and finesse, making a fairly mediocre orchestra play well beyond their ability…
“There is no doubt that Yoon Jee has the talent, dedication and musicianship to achieve a conducting career at the highest international level.”
Clark Rundell, Head of Conducting at Royal Northern College of Music, (7 July 2013)
“Das Hochschulorchester zeigte in kleiner Besetzung unter Yoon-Jee Kim, wie man schlank, aber auch mit Verve und Herz zur Sache gehen kann.” (Original)
“In a smaller line-up, the Hochschule-Orchestra under Yoon-Jee Kim showed how one can be minimal but also be on point with verve and heart.” (Translation)
Günther Helms, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany (1 November 2011)
one of this century’s great pianists: he already is one!”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung