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GS Musicians – Series 1 – Joon Yoon

As we launch a new Series highlighting stories of some of the Glass Sellers Musicians. The Company awards the First Prize Annually to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Glass Sellers Beethoven Piano Prize. In 2017 the prize was won by Joon Yoon who later went on in 2018 to be one of the finalists and winner of the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Gold Medal Competition 2018. In the October 2018 Joon Yoon performed in the Glass Sellers Concert 2018, Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, which has now become an Annual Concert and fund raiser for the Glass Sellers Charity Fund

Joon Yoon also delighted the Glass Sellers Company with an impromptu performance at the Court and Livery Dinner held at the Grocers Hall in September 2019 and again at the Installation Dinner at Stationers’ Hall, December 2019.

The 2020 Annual Concert is scheduled for 8th October and will take place at St James Garlickhythe featuring the 2019 Beethoven Piano Prize Winner Chun Him Tam from Hong Kong.

So here is Joon Yoon’s Story:  Website:

Pianist Joon Yoon made his solo debut at age 12 in Korea and concerto debut at age 13 in the USA. Joon has performed in venues such as Petit Palau of Palau de la Musica Catalana, Alice Tully and Paul Hall of Lincoln Center, and Recital Hall of Seoul Arts Center among others to name. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with prestigious musicians such as current and former members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Ying quartets. In 2018, he was the unanimous winner of Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s most prestigious award, the Gold Medal, previously won by artists such as Jacqueline du Pre and Bryn Terfel. Other prizes include the Glass Sellers Beethoven Piano Prize (2017), and 2nd and audience prize at the Concurso Internacional Piano Campillos in Spain (2016) among others. His teachers and greatest musical influences are Yong Hi Moon, Robert McDonald, and Hung-Kuan Chen. He was a graduate at The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under full scholarship, and is continuing his studies at Hanns Eisler Hochshule für Musik Berlin as the school’s most prestigious Konzertexamen degree with Kirill Gerstein.

He writes recently:

I have been secluded alone in Berlin, but am finding my balance again, and luckily found a place to practice, thanks to my school here. I am trying my best to get the best out of me, and have had the chance to reflect on a lot of things, which I am sure a lot of people, not just musicians, have been doing during these difficult times. You can listen by clicking the links below:-

Brahms – Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op 15

Finals of the 2018 Jaques Samuel Pianos Competition

Ravel – La Valse for Solo Piano

Beethoven -Piano Sonata in E-Flat major Op.31 No 3

Goethe Piano Quartet – Brahms Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor – Allegron non troppo