What I do
Adjunct Faculty, Chamber Music
A sought after chamber musician, Yoo has collaborated with distinguished artists including Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Dénes Varjon, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Midori Goto, Kim Kashkashian, Jonathan Biss and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets. She has been invited to esteemed festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, [email protected], Caramoor Evnin Rising Stars, Perlman Music Program, VIVO Music Festival and IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. She regularly tours with Musicians from Marlboro and will appear on their East coast tour in November 2018. Yoo performs frequently with premiere ensembles including the New York Classical Players, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and Grammy nominated ensembles A Far Cry, The Knights and Metropolis Ensemble.
From 2012-2014, Yoo was a member of Ensemble Connect (ACJW), a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School of Music, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. In addition to creating engaging chamber music programs for detention centers, hospitals, and other community centers in all five boroughs of New York City, she was a guest teaching artist in Edward R Murrow High School in Brooklyn for two years.
As teacher, Yoo was faculty of cello and chamber music at Bard College's Preparatory Division from 2012-2015 and has given masterclasses across the United States.
As winner of the USC 2009 String Concerto Competition, Yoo performed Samuel Barber's Cello Concerto with the USC Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jorge Mester with the performance later featured on KUSC radio. She has won top prizes in the Holland-America Music Society Competition, Schadt International String Competition, and Klein International String Competition. Yoo has appeared as soloist with the USC Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, Billings Symphony and the Bozeman Symphony. Her performances have been featured and broadcasted on Los Angeles' KUSC, Chicago's WFMT and Boston's WGBH.
Passionate for new music, Yoo has worked closely with the esteemed composers Sophia Gubaidulina, Jennifer Hidgon, György Kurtág and John Harbison. She has given world premieres of renowned emerging composers Samuel Carl Adams and Andy Akiho at Carnegie Hall. Recent recordings include Pierre Jalbert's String Trio for Music at Copland House, the music of Andy Akiho and Derek Bermel with Grammy award-winning producer Judith Sherman and the Tonight Show band, The Roots.
A native of Bozeman, Montana, Yoo began her cello studies with Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee and was a pupil of Richard Aaron in the Cleveland Institute of Music's Young Artist Program. She earned a bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Paul Katz. Under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum, she received a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and a masters degree from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.