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Yeonju Jeong (South Korea)

Yeonju Jeong started playing the violin at the age of five. By the time she was nine years old, she won first prize at the National Students Music Contest in her native Korea. After graduating from Seoul Arts High School, she entered YeonSe University. Yeonju continued to develop her musical aesthetics, passion and philosophy for the violin when attending various masterclasses worldwide. She received her DMA from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, studying with professor Sergey Kravchenko, where she feels she has developed her artistic abilities to the fullest potential. In 2011, Yeonju Jeong won the First Prize at the ‘Music and Earth’ International Music Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has performed in Russia, Greece, Poland, Italy, Austria, Korea, Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. At present she is on the faculty of the University of Sarajevo, Academy of Music. After her joint recital at the Athens Radio Hall in Greece, the media described her as “a violinist who has depth in her expression and is capable of creating unique and profound timbres.” After her performance with Sejong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010 at the Sejong Center, critics and audiences have spoken of her: “One can vividly feel the purity and clarity of her youthful performance. She is definitely a promising young violinist with a talent for expressing the beauty of form through her own interpretation.” Since 2011 she has been teaching violin as Professor at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo.