Praised for “ her technical quality, beauty of sound, and above all, the projection of an
uncommon musical sensibility" (El Norte, Monterrey), Violinist Yezu Elizabeth Woo made
her debut at Carnegie Hall at age 16, where she became the youngest performer to play all 24
of Niccolo Paganini’s Caprices for solo violin. She has made solo appearances with the KBS
Symphony Orchestra, Pyongyang Symphony, North Czech Philharmonic, Bulgarian National
Symphony, Slovakian Radio Symphony Orchestra. New Jersey Philharmonic, Venezuela
Philharmonic, among others. Yezu has been invited to perform at the Lincoln Center, United
Nations (NY), the Smetana Hall (Prague), Musikverein (Vienna), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), and
Kölner Philharmonie, and has recorded for EMI Classics and MOOK Sound. She was the
artistic director and co-founder of Shattered Glass, a NYC string ensemble, which debuted to
great acclaim in 2012.
A winner of the Korean national award, "Outstanding International Musician of the Year" by
the Arts Critics Association, as well as "Artist of the Year'' by the Gangwon Foundation,
Yezu was appointed as Honorary Ambassador of Chuncheon, where she is currently serving
as the the Artistic Director of New York in Chuncheon Music Festival. Her commitment to
Korean traditional and new music has led her to performances at the Korean Demilitarized
Zone (DMZ) ‘ART FESTA’ as part of the ongoing peace process between the two Koreas, as
well as seeing collaborations with the KBS Korean Traditional Orchestra.
Born in Freiburg, Germany, Yezu moved to the U.S. from South Korea at age 10 to study
with Albert Markov. She received her B.M. Degree from the Manhattan School of Music,
M.M. Degree at The Juilliard School, and Performance Certificate from Bard Conservatory.
She is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree at the Stony Brook University. Her principal
teachers include Albert Markov, Catherine Cho, Laurie Smukler, Arnaud Sussmann and the
members of the Emerson Quartet. Yezu is a recipient of Fulbright Scholarship (‘19-20) in
Germany, where she was a member of the Ensemble Modern Academy, Frankfurt, and a
researcher at the Isang-Yun-Haus in Berlin. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany.