Brian Yoon

B.Mus. (U Ottawa), M.Mus. (Rice U)

Cellist Brian Yoon has been described by the CBC (Canadian Broadasting Corporation) as “Canada’s next cello superstar”. Currently the Principal Cello of the Victoria Symphony, he has also been a guest principal of the Kingston Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestra. Since winning First Prize at the 35th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, he has been presented in recital from coast to coast, impressing audiences with intelligent and passionate performances of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Shostakovich and Metallica.

As a soloist, he regularly performs with orchestras across Canada: 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”. Engagements in the 2015-16 season include the Schumann Concerto with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, and the Brahms Double Concerto with Terence Tam and the Victoria Symphony.

As a teacher, Brian Yoon is regularly invited on faculty of summer festivals and to lead master classes. His students have been accepted into cello performance programs at the University of Victoria, University of Ottawa and McGill University. Born in South Korea, Brian Yoon started music lessons at the age of six. His primary teachers include Judith Fraser, Paul Marleyn and Desmond Hoebig. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Music from Rice University. He has been generously supported by the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation.