Soyoung Yoon

Soyoung Yoon performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician and is leader of the Basel Symphony Orchestra.

At the age of seventeen Soyoung won the Senior 1st Prize of the Menuhin Competition 2002 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, and was subsequently a prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.

Soyoung Yoon has performed with orchestras such as the NDR North German Radio Symphony, Russian National, Belgian National, Polish National Radio Symphony, Bern Symphony, Trondheim Symphony and Zurich Chamber. She has collaborated with conductors including Gilbert Varga, Mario Venzago, Krzysztof Urbanski and Muhai Tang.

Soyoung Yoon founded the ORION string trio, which was awarded the 1st and audience prizes in the “Migros Kulturprozent” Chamber Music Competition, Zurich.

In 2015, Soyoung released her second CD with Piazzolla’s Four Seasons and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Concerto for Violin and Piano with Ksenia Kogan and the Korean Chamber Orchestra.

Soyoung Yoon studied at the National University of the Arts in South Korea and with Zakhar Bron at the Cologne University of Music and Dance and the Zurich University of the Arts. She plays a J. B. Guadagnini violin (ex-Bückeburg) made in 1773.

On the Menuhin Competition

“Every profession needs a good foundation. A farmer needs fertile soil, a fisherman needs bountiful seas and each house needs a cornerstone. For me, winning the Menuhin Competition provided this foundation and enabled me to further my career. I am very much looking forward to hearing and seeing all of the young violinists who have bright futures and will inspire us all.”