Eena Yoon is a fifteen-year-old cellist who lives in Toronto, Canada. Her passion for music began at the age of three, when she started her music career by learning the piano. Eena began learning the cello at the age of seven, studying with Ashley Choi. Currently, she is studying with David Hetherington at the Royal Conservatory’s Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists and is also studying privately with Andrés Díaz.
Eena has won the top prize in many competitions such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, the OMFA Music Festival (Provincials), the Newmarket Lions Club, the North York Music Festival and the North York Music Festival Concerto Competition. She has also received many awards such as the best of class, highest score overall, gold award and the platinum award. Likewise, Eena won the Elite International Music Competition, where as her prize, she will be performing at Carnegie Hall.
Eena has been able to study at a number of summer festivals and was a scholarship recipient at the National Arts Center 2018 Young Artists Program. She has also participated in the Curtis Summerfest, where she reached the final round of the Concerto Competition. Eena has attended several masterclasses and studied with many leading musicians such as Hans Jorgen Jensen, Fred Sherry, Soo Bae, Carole Sirois, Natalie Helm, Zvi Plesser, Colin Carr, and Alisa Weilerstein. She has also taken chamber music classes with Roberto Diaz.
Eena performed her first solo debut in February 2019 with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, playing the Dvořák cello concerto. In addition to winning the Junior Category of the Symphony on the Bay Young Artists’ Competition this year, Eena will be performing the Shostakovich Cello concerto with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra in 2020.
Eena will play the first movement of Dvořák’s cello concerto in B Minor, Op 104 with Symphony on the Bay at our “American Proms” concert on Sunday, May 12, 2019.