Internationally-acclaimed violinist Chee-Yun will grace the stage in the Stephens Performing Arts Center as guest artist for the Symphony’s opening concert, Friday, Sept. 27, as soloist in Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.”

    This amazing violinist’s first public performance (at age 8) took place in her native Seoul, after she won the grand prize of the Korean Times Competition. At 13, she came to the United States and was invited to perform Vieuxtemps’ “Concerto No. 5” in a Young People’s Concert with the New York Philharmonic. Two years later, she appeared as soloist with the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In 1989, she won the Young Concert Artist’s international competition, and a year later became the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

    She has been described by Strings Magazine as having “not only extraordinary talent, but the poise and natural self-confidence of a seasoned veteran and born performer. Her technique is brilliant and utterly secure, her tone like butter, smooth, rich and flawless.”

    It’s no wonder, then, that she performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh and National symphony orchestras among others. Internationally, Chee-Yun has toured with the Haifa Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Germany’s Braunschweig Orchestra and the MDR Radio Leipzig and performed with the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Bamberg Philharmonic, the Bilbao Symphony, the London Festival Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra.

    She is also firmly committed to chamber music, touring with “Music from Marlboro” and appearing frequently with Spoleto USA, a project she has been associated with since its inception. She is much in demand for chamber music festivals such as Ravinia, Aspen, Bravo! Vail Valley, La Jolla, Caramoor, Green Music, Santa Fe and Bridgewater festivals in the U.S., and numerous prestigious festivals internationally.

    In addition to her active performance schedule, Chee-Yun is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator. She gives master classes around the world and has held several teaching posts at notable music schools and universities. Her past faculty positions have included serving as the resident Starling Soloist and Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Visiting Professor of Music (violin) at Indiana University School of Music.

    In August 2007, she was appointed artist-in-residence and professor of violin at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Concertmaster, ISU Lecturer Keum Hwa Cha, studied with her while enrolled in the prestigious Meadows School of Arts Artist Certificate program — a limited-enrollment post-graduate program for talented performance musicians. We’re pleased that the two will be reunited on our stage as Concertmaster and soloist — particularly because the Bruch Concerto is famed for the remarkable soloist and orchestra interplay — come experience the magic!

    Please contact the Performing Arts Center’s Box Office at 282-3595 or Vickers Western Store, 1460 Yellowstone Ave. (237-5700) for tickets and pricing information. Doors to the hall open at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.