Of the soloists, it was BBC New Generation Artist Esther Yoo who owned the morning with a performance of The Lark Ascending that achieved an audience hush of a level that surely must be a first for an all-age concert Charlotte Gardner, Bachtrack
Can the world take yet another brilliant young female violinist? Yes, if that violinist is Esther Yoo” wrote The Telegraph after the violinist’s performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2016.
Esther Yoo, the young American-Korean violinist, is the first ever Artist-in-Residence with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – a year long residency starting in 2018. Acclaimed for her “dark, aristocratic tone” (Gramophone Magazine) and “impeccable artistry” (South Florida Classical Review), Esther Yoo first came to international attention in 2010 when she became the youngest prizewinner of the 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition (aged 16), and from 2014 to 2016 she was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, culminating in her BBC Proms debut.
The 2017/18 season will see Esther debut with Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestra Teatro San Carlo, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Vancouver, Bay Atlantic, and Hawaii, in addition to return performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. As this season’s Artist-in-Residence with the Cambridge Corn Exchange, Esther will perform alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (as a double residency performance) and in recital with the Z.E.N. Trio. The Z.E.N. Trio, consisting of Zhang Zuo, Esther Yoo and Narek Hakhnazaryan (all former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists) will tour the UK and Asia, supporting the international release of their debut album – of Brahms and Dvořák Piano Trios. Other chamber highlights this season include, a recital performance at LSO St. Luke’s as part of the festival week celebrating Simon Rattle’s first season as the London Symphony Orchestra Music Director.
Last season, Esther debuted with the Minnesota Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, made her US recital debut in Lincoln Center, and debuted at Granada Festival with Pablo Heras-Casado and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In spring 2017 Deutsche Grammophon released her second album – of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and other works with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy – following her 2015 debut on the label, featuring the Glazunov and Sibelius concertos. Alongside recital partner Robert Koenig, Esther perfomed a recital tour covering Oslo, Birmingham, Madrid, Brussels, Seoul, New York and Miami.
And the virtuoso fireworks of the finale, which can trip up even the best violinists, caused her no trouble. It was altogether a wonderful performance which thrilled the audience, aware they were witnessing a star in the making. Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph