B i o g r a p h y
Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun, DM, is active as a soloist, chamber musician, musical scholar and clinician. She is a prize winner in numerous competitions around the world, including the IBLA World Competition in Italy in 2008, the 11th Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America, Travel Grant Competition, Walton Concerto Competition at Indiana University, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, Chunchu Music Competition, Seoul National Competition, Nan-Pa Music Competition, Korean-American Competition, etc. In 2011, Yeon-Ji Yun received Honorable Mention in the Liszt-Garrison International Competition Collaborate Artist in Baltimore, MD. She has soloed with many orchestras such as Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Mesa University Orchestra, Indiana University Orchestra, etc.
She worked as an Associate Professor of Lower Strings at Colorado Mesa University from 2012 to 2021, and will be joining in Purdue University from Fall 2022 as a Clinical Associate Professor. In 2022 Spring, she visits universities in Korea.
As a performer and clinician, Yeon-Ji Yun has toured many countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Germany, Mexico, Japan, China, Hong-Kong, Spain, France, Italy, Taiwan and South Korea giving series of successful concerts and master classes.
She received a Doctor of Music on cello performance in 2012 from Indiana University at Bloomington, where she studied with the world famous cellist Janos Starker. She also has a Performer Diploma from the same school. She has a Master and a Bachelor degree on Cello Performance from Seoul National University. Before she moved to Grand Junction, she taught at Indiana Wesleyan University, at DePauw University as an adjunct professor, Indiana University String Academy, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and at Seoul National University as an instructor. Yeon-Ji Yun has played as a regular member in the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra and Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.
Yeon-Ji Yun performs on a French cello, made by Guersan in 1766.