CBC calls Brian Yoon “Canada’s next cello superstar”. He has won numerous awards, including First Prize at the 35th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, and the prize for the best performance of a Canadian work at the 2012 Stepping Stone Competition.
Brian has been presented in recital by the Agassiz Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, the Vancouver Cello Club and the Hornby Festival. Most recently, he completed a 10-concert tour across Canada as the E-Gré Competition Winner, presenting a program focused on Canadian works. He returns to Italy this summer as part of Incontri Musicali, a three-week chamber music festival in Spoleto.
As a soloist, Brian has performed with orchestras in Guelph, Ottawa and Vancouver. His performance of Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 at the National Arts Centre was praised by the Ottawa Citizen as an “impressive account” with “exquisite phrasing”. In April 2014, he makes his debut with the Victoria Symphony in Schumann’s Cello Concerto.
Born in South Korea, Brian started music lessons at the age of six. After immigrating to Canada, he continued cello studies with Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Certificate in Music Performance. He has attended the international Morningside Music Bridge Program and the NAC’s Young Artists Program, as well as participating in master classes at Banff, Domaine Forget and Orford, led by such eminent cellists as Aldo Parisot, Lynn Harrell, Philippe Muller, Lluís Claret and Laurence Lesser. He began post-secondary studies as a student in the Faculty of Science at UBC, but eventually completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa studying with Paul Marleyn, and a Master of Music at Rice University studying with Desmond Hoebig. Part of Brian’s graduate studies was funded by a generous award from the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation.
Brian is currently the principal cellist of the Victoria Symphony.