Brian Yoon

Brian Yoon cellist Canadian emerging management

Cellist Brian Yoon has been described by the CBC (Canadian Broadasting Corporation) as “Canada’s next cello superstar”. Currently the Principal Cello of the Victoria Symphony, he has also been a guest principal of the Kingston Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestra. Since winning First Prize at the 35th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, he has been presented in recital from coast to coast, impressing audiences with intelligent and passionate performances of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Vincent Ho and Metallica. As a soloist, Yoon regularly performs with orchestras across Canada: his performance of Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 at the National Arts Centre was praised by the Ottawa Citizen as an “impressive account” with “exquisite phrasing”. Upcoming engagements include Dvorak Concerto with the Sooke Philharmonic, Schumann Concerto with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, and the Brahms Double Concerto with Terence Tam and the Victoria Symphony. Born in South Korea, Yoon started music lessons at the age of six. After immigrating to Canada, he continued cello studies with Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Certificate in Music Performance. He began post-secondary studies in the Faculty of Science at UBC, but later completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa studying with Paul Marleyn, and a Master of Music at Rice University studying with Desmond Hoebig. Yoon has been generously supported by the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation.


"He certainly has the technique to free him to do whatever he wants interpretively"

Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen

"Brian is a wonderful cellist. His sound has a great palette of colours...there is depth and intelligence to his interpretations"

Desmond Hoebig, Professor of Cello at Rice University and former Principal Cello, Cleveland Orchestra

"Brian plays with commitment and dedication, has a beautiful sense of style and interpretation, and performs with excellent sound, intonation and technique"

Tania Miller, conductor

"I am very confident that Mr. Yoon will be an important champion of new music repertoire in the cello performing world and a vital asset to Canadian culture"

Vincent Ho, composer