Yong Joo Ahn
Music Director and Conductor
Yong Joo Ahn has been internationally recognized as a virtuoso of unique individuality: a unique musician who enjoys an international career, combining violin and viola performance, conducting, and teaching at the highest levels.
He has performed North America, Europe, Asia, performing with orchestras, giving recitals, and playing chamber music, and has been broadcast over the international television and radio broadcasts, and has performed in nearly every other major US city, including numerous appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, The Town Halls in New York, The Kimmel Center for the performing arts in Philadelphia, The Library of Congress, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
In 2010, He was appointed as an artist-in-residence member with the DaeJeon Culture & Art Center Chamber Music Society and Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Italy. Through his own performing, working with some of the great musicians of our day, and his cumulative experience as a teacher, Ahn has synthesized an approach to teaching and conducting which produces a technical confidence that rapidly enables music-making at a sophisticated level. He is currently demonstrating this approach in his masterclasses in around the world and scheduled to hold masterclasses as a guest artist at numerous music institutions around the world including Murray State University in US, Sapporo Music Association and Otani University in Japan.
As a conductor, Ahn has earned a reputation for getting the most out of any orchestra, whether coming in for a single performance or festival week, as at the Korea Philharmonic Research Institute and Orchestra Festival, or building an orchestra over a period of years, as Music director and conductor at HopeBox Youth Orchestra in Bay Area.
In recognition of his excellent performances, he received the Grand Prize from the Seoul Chamber Music Competition and Korea Music Association Competition, as well as many awards from other major concerto competitions performed with Seoul Philharmonic, Cheonan Philharmonic and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra. He received full scholarship during his course of study in the U.S. with the world’s famous violists Jodi Levitz (San Francisco Conservatory), Atar Arad (Indiana University) and Hsin-Yun Huang (New England Conservatory) and as well as chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet.
In 2016, Ahn was appointed as faculty of the Korea Philharmonic Research Institute and Visiting Professor at Ulsan University (School of Music). Currently, Ahn is Principal violist of Sonnet Ensemble, Music Director of OPUS and HopeBox Youth Orchestra.