Jisun Yang is the Assistant Concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to San Diego she was a violinist in the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. She also held the position of Concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival and Opera Orchestra in 2003. Jisun is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Oberlin College Conservatory where she studied with David Cerone, David Updegraff, William Preucil, and Almita and Roland Vamos.
Ms. Yang grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and began playing violin at the age of six. In 1999 she was a recipient of a Nicolò Gagliano violin from the Stradivari Society which enabled her to appear as a soloist and chamber musician all over the United States and Europe. She has been a finalist in many competitions including the Carl Nielsen International Violin competition held in New York City. The performance, held at Merkin Hall, was broadcast live on National Public Radio. She has also won numerous competitions including the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition (2002), The American Opera Society (1997), American String Teacher's Association Competition (1996), G.D. Searle National String Competition (1996) and the Chicago Institute of Music Concerto Competition (1995).
While Concertmaster of the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble, Jisun Yang’s quartet recorded a CD premiering "White Silence" for quartet and orchestra by John Luther Adams. Recent chamber music collaborations include Ivan Chan, Steve Copes, Anne-Marie McDermott, Johannes Moser and Orion Weiss. Festival appearances include La Jolla Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Festival Mozaic, Encore School of Music, Spoleto Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Bowdoin Music Festival.
Getting to know Jisun Yang…
Q: How did you choose your instrument?
A: I saw Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma on Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and I have been hooked on the violin and classical music since then.
Q: What are some of your favorite movies?
A: The Godfather Parts I and II, Amadeus, Magnolia, Schindler’s List, Being John Malkovich, Goodfellas, The Game, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Q: What are some favorite travel destinations?
A: Anywhere there is nature and places to do something active. I love mountains and trees! I’m not much of a beach or water person.
Q: What are some of your favorite books you’ve read lately?
A: The Alchemist by Paul Coelho, Life of Pi by Yann Martel and anything by Dostoevsky, Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway.