Aaron Copland School, Queens College, BM
Korean-American violist James “Yeolim” Yoon began his first piano and viola lessons at the age of nine with Eun Jung Yoo and by high school; James attended New York's LaGuardia Arts Highschool. During this time, James took prize in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians Competition for two consecutive years with his group, performing in the winner's concert at Alice Tully Hall ('12&'13). James also took prize in competitions, including the first prize at the KRB International Competition and grand prize with the New York International Music Competition. He is a fellow recipient and ambassador of numerous foundations such as: Children Foundation of the Arts, Ralph Oxman Scholarship, the V & W Wels Scholarship Fund, and the Flederman Foundation. As both a chamber and orchestral musician, James has been invited to summer festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea, Sejong International Music Festival held at the Curtis Institute, Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival. Participation in master classes and chamber coaching with distinguished artists and pedagogues includes: Kurt Muroki, Kristen Lee, Barbara Westphal, Roberto Diaz, Robert Vernon, James Dunham, Kyung-sun Lee, Colin Carr, Hsin-yun Huang, Hedi Castleman and members of the Orion, Brentano, Leipzig, and Cleveland quartet. Also a baroque violist, James has played with the Queens College Baroque Ensemble, Case/CIM Baroque orchestra and has recently performed along side prominent early-music players at the St.Brendan Church, performing the famous Brandenburg Concertos and Cello Suites by J.S. Bach on the baroque viola. James is currently a scholarship student attending the Cleveland Institute of Music for his Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Jeffrey Irvine. Past influential teachers include: Dongmyung Ahn (baroque viola), Daniel Phillips, and Edward Klorman. In his spare time, James loves to listen to all genres of podcasts, baking with his mother and volunteers at animal shelters in Cleveland and NYC.