PMP Chamber Music Workshop 2007; Shelter Island Alumni Retreat 2017
Violinist Yuri Namkung has performed in venues throughout the country and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Born in Seattle, Washington, she made early debuts with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Greenville Symphony in South Carolina. She studied with Dorothy DeLay at Juilliard Pre-College and at the Aspen Music Festival. She was subsequently invited by conductor David Zinman to make her European debut with the Zurich-Tonhalle Orchestra in Switzerland. During that year, she was the winner of the Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended Columbia University as an undergraduate and participant of the Columbia-Juilliard Joint Program where she studied with Cho-Liang Lin. Together they performed the Bach Double Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall and with the Seattle Symphony. At the New England Conservatory, Yuri studied with Donald Weilerstein and entered into the school’s Professional Piano Trio Program. Together, the group performed for six years throughout the U.S. at the Kennedy Center, Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, Virginia Arts Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series, throughout Philadelphia with Astral Artistic Services, Lawrence University, and the New School’s Schenider Concert Series.
Yuri has made numerous visits to Venezuela and Colombia as guest teacher and artist, including touring as a soloist with the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia. She first performed at the Panama Jazz Festival in 2009 when asked to create and direct a classical music program, and now serves as the Artistic and Creative Director of the Festival's Intercambio de Musica Clasica. She was a faculty member at the University of Alabama and at the Interlochen Arts Academy from 2010-2013.
Yuri performs with the Long Island Baroque Ensemble, in the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, Poor Richard’s Chamber Music Society in Philadelphia, I/O Festival at Williams College and ChamberFest Vero Beach on viola, and with the Talea Ensemble in L.A. playing Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. She regularly performs and coaches amateur string players at the Wellesley Composers Conference and often serves as concertmaster for the Riverside Choral Society and the New Jersey Chamber Singers. Other recent chamber orchestra performances include A Far Cry in Boston and the new launch of the Juno Chamber Orchestra in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Other highlights include opening with a solo Bach set for Bad Plus bassist Reid Anderson + Friends in Brooklyn, New York; with jazz pianist and UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Perez at the Ibero-American Summit Conference at Frank Gehry’s Biodiversity Museum in Panama; recitals with pianist Evan Kory at the Santa Clara Center for the Performing Arts in Patagonia and Nogales, Arizona; and the Bach E Major Violin Concerto with Gunther Schuller at the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane, Washington. She is also the Artistic and Creative Director of Intercambio de Musica Clasica of the Panama Jazz Festival.