Yoonsoo Yeo, cello

Yoonsoo Yeo was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2001. He started playing the cello at the age of eight. In 2007, he moved to South Korea where he studied with Myung-Wha Chung at the ‘Korea National institute for Gifted in Arts’ since 2013. From 2017, Yoonsoo continued his musical studies by moving to Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey.

Yoonsoo has participated in numerous competitions and festivals. He won the ‘Antonio Janigro international cello competition’ (2014) along with two special prizes. At the same year, he also won the ‘Schoenfeld international cello competition’.

He took part of the Kronberg cello festival 2016 where he received ‘Frans Helmerson prize’. He was also selected twice as a rising star, andwon the concerto competition at the GMMFS (Great mountain music festival and school). Yoonsoo was invited by “Ensemble Ditto Festival” as the youngest guest artist. He also participated at the ‘Gstaad Menuhin festival’, and ‘Carl Flesh Academy’ where he was recently awarded ‘Gastgeber prize’.

As a soloist, Yoonsoo had his first recital at Kumho art hall in 2013. He had his Seoul Arts Center debut in 2018. He has performed with number of orchestras including Suwon Philharmonic orchestra, DYC symphony orchestra, Millennium symphony orchestra, Ulsan symphony orchestra, Baden-Baden symphony orchestra, GMMFS orchestra etc,.

Yoonsoo has been selected as a rising artist by the Byeoksan foundation and Sejong Soloists. He is currently playing on a ‘1934 Carl Becker’ sponsored by the Byeoksan foundation.

From September 2023, Yoonsoo will be an artist-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the guidance of Gary Hoffman and Jeroen Reuling.