A member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra since 2006, violinist Jooyeon Kong was born in Seoul, Korea where she began playing the violin at the age of seven. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studied with Kathleen Winkler. Ms Kong went on to earn a master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Peter Oundjian, formerly the first violin of the Tokyo String Quartet and currently the Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded “The Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize” upon graduation.
An avid chamber music enthusiast, Ms. Kong has performed throughout the United States and Europe at music festivals, including the Bellingham Festival of Music, Yellow Barn Festival, Banff Summer Arts Festival, and the Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander in Spain. She has collaborated with a number of leading concert artists, including Boris Berman, Vivian Weilerstein, and Franz Helmerson. She has served as a Concertmaster of both the Yale Philharmonia under Sir Neville Marriner and of the New Music New Haven Orchestra alongside Andy Summers, lead guitarist of the legendary British rock group The Police, on Ingram Marshall’s guitar concerto Dark Florescence. She is a founding member of the Hindemith Ensemble at Yale and toured with them throughout Germany during the summer of 2006.