Hyung-ki Joo

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Biography

Hyung-ki Joo has devoted his creative energy to making classical music accessible for audiences of all ages and backgrounds and has explored ways to present concerts in fresh and relevant ways for this 21st Century. He creates special projects that present him as pianist, conductor, communicator, curator and composer. As a soloist, he has performed with renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santi Cecilia. Hyung-ki Joo’s compositions have been performed by orchestras, and soloists, such as the New York Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Emanuel Ax, Daniel Hope, and Yuja Wang. His love for chamber music has shaped Hyung-ki Joo’s musical career. Since 2021, a trio project has been formed with members of the Quatuor Ébène, Pierre Colombet and Raphaël Merlin. His fondness for lied and vocal repertoire has led to collaborations with singers such as Valentina Nafornita, Julien Prégardien, Pretty Yende, and next season with Asmik Grigorian. Hyung-ki Joo has also collaborated with many artists outside of the conventional classical music world. Billy Joel is one such artist who engaged Joo to arrange and record Joel’s final album of solo piano pieces - Fantasies and Delusions.
A passionate communicator, Joo works to inspire the next generation of musicians. In his Beyond the Practice Room workshops, he places the focus on the joy of making music and encourages participants to explore other directions beyond “classical” performance. His commitment to working with youthful musicians has led him to work with youth orchestras such as the Norwegian National, Luxembourg Youth Philharmonic and Tonhalle Düsseldorf’s youth orchestra. With his duo, IGUDESMAN & JOO, he has published the book, Rette die Welt (Save the World) by “edition-a”.

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