Concert 8 Dec 2019

Joo Yeon Sir70
Conductor – Richard Howarth
Leader – Pamela Redman
Joo Yeon Sir – Violin
Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije Suite
Glazunov Violin Concerto in Amin (Joo Yeon Sir)
Dvorak Prague Waltzes B.99
De Falla Ritual Fire Dance from El amor brujo
Ernest Tomlinson Suite of English Dances
Herold arr Lanchbery Clog Dance from La Fille Mal Gardee
Johann Strauss ii Polka, Thunder & Lightning
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Finale
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 Sir Karl Jenkins and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 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, Classic FM and Scala Radio.
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, Elgar, Britten, Schnittke, Khachaturian and Shostakovich. In recital, she is equally at home in solo violin repertoire (Bach, Ysaye, 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 BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year and her works have been premiered and performed at the Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Her work, written for herself and duo guitar partner, Laura Snowden, was premiered on BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017.
The 2016-2017 season saw the release of two discs: the Deutsche Grammophone CD and world premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria – For the Children, recorded with Sinfonia Cymru, and her first solo CD – Suites & Fantasies – with her duo partner Irina Andrievsky, which was released to great critical acclaim by Rubicon: “A dazzling debut… Joo Yeon Sir melds technical assurance with rare artistic sensibility” The Guardian.
2018 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.