4, 5 & 6 novembre 2021 — Palais Beaumont

Les 4 & 5 novembre 2021 à 20h (rencontre avant concert à 19h)
Le 6 novembre 2021 à 11h & 18h (rencontre avant concert à 10h & 17h)


Ester Yoo, Violon

Ester Yoo, Violon

Fayçal Karoui, Direction

  • BRUCH : Concerto pour violon n°1
  • BRUCKNER : Symphonie n°6

In an era when technical perfection is a given, the spotlight inevitably shifts to interpretation, andEsther Yoo’s playing has been described as ”mesmerising”, “soulful“, “ spellbinding“, “intenselylyrical”, and “taking her audience into an enchanted garden.” She performs with many leadingconductors – including Vladimir Ashkenazy (with whom she and the Philharmonia Orchestrarecorded the Sibelius, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky concertos for Deutsche Grammophon), GustavoDudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thierry Fischer, Vasily Petrenko, Karina Canellakis and AndrewDavis – and orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC SymphonyOrchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie or the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.She has also performed at a range of prominent festivals including the BBC Proms and AspenMusic Festival.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra appointed her as their inaugural Artist-in-Residence in 2018,through which Esther participated extensively in educational and outreach projects, alongside theirconcert performances in London and across the UK.

Esther has appeared in recital at Lincoln Center and Wigmore Hall, and in 2018 she featuredprominently on the soundtrack and accompanying Decca disc of the feature film, On Chesil Beach.The piano trio, Z.E.N., (which she co-founded together with fellow former BBC Radio 3 NewGeneration Artists Zhang Zuo and Narek Hakhnazaryan), tours widely in North America, Europeand Asia. They chose works by Brahms and Dvorak for their first recording and are currentlypreparing their second recording which, like the first, will be released on DG.

Esther may be unique among classical soloists in being fully tri-cultural. She was born and spenther earliest years in the U.S., before receiving her education in Belgium and Germany, but shealways retained her family’s proud Korean heritage. Having authentic roots in three continents mayhave contributed to her versatility and exceptionally broad range of expression, and wasunquestionably a factor in making her one of the most articulate and gifted communicators in thefield of classical music.

She began playing the violin at 4 and made her concerto debut aged 8. At 16 she became theyoungest prizewinner of the International Sibelius Violin Competition and two years later she wasone of the youngest ever prizewinners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2012. In 2014 shebecame a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and in 2018 Classic FM featured her in their Top 30Artists under 30.

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