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Scott Yoo

Conductor, violin

Host and Executive Producer, Great Performances: Now Hear This
Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Mexico City Philharmonic

Scott Yoo is the Music Director of the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble he founded in 1994. He has conducted the orchestra in its subscription series at Jordan Hall in Boston and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY, and on tour at such venues as Avery Fisher Hall and the 92nd Street 'Y' in New York City and the Library of Congress in Washington. He is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the 38-year old Festival Mozaic, which presents over 30 orchestral, choral and chamber music concerts and events each year on California’s Central Coast.

As a guest-conductor, Mr. Yoo has led the Colorado, Dallas, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Utah Symphonies, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has also conducted the New World Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the orchestras of Charlotte, Columbus, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Kansas City, Louisville, Winnipeg, Mexico City, Nashville, Oregon and Phoenix. Abroad, he has conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony, and made his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic in April 2007. He made his debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra in 2009.

An exponent of new music, Mr. Yoo has introduced a newly-commissioned work on each of Metamorphosen's subscription concerts. In the last nine seasons, Mr. Yoo and the orchestra have premiered 47 works by 22 composers. CD releases with Metamorphosen include a disc of English works for Bose, and a disc of vocal works of Earl Kim with sopranos Benita Valente and Karol Bennett for New World Records, named a 2001 "Critics Choice" by the New York Times. Scott Yoo and Metamorphosen also recorded three discs for Archetype Records, including the Serenades of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Grieg; the Eighth and Eleventh Sinfonias of Mendelssohn; and premiere recordings of John Harbison's chamber orchestra works with soprano Dawn Upshaw, nominated for a 1999 National Public Radio Performance Today Award. In 2004, Mr. Yoo recorded the complete orchestral works of Earl Kim with the RTE National Orchestra of Ireland for Naxos.

As Music Director of the Mozaic Festival, Mr. Yoo is a frequent chamber music performer with Mozaic musicians and guest artists. He has also made guest appearances with chamber music festivals throughout the United States, including Bargemusic, Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, Laurel Music Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival and Strings in the Mountains. He recently recorded Patrick Zimmerli's Piano Trios 1 and 2 with cellist Michael Mermagen and pianist John Novacek for Arabesque Records.

Mr. Yoo began his musical studies at the age of three and performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony at age twelve. After winning first prize in the 1988 Josef Gingold International Violin Competition, he won the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In 1994, he was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a year later was named Young Artist-in-Residence of National Public Radio's Performance Today. He has studied violin with Roman Totenberg, Albert Markov, Paul Kantor and Dorothy DeLay, and conducting with Michael Gilbert and Michael Tilson-Thomas. In 1993 Mr. Yoo graduated with honors and a B.A. in Physics from Harvard University.

Find out more about Scott Yoo on his website.