Music Director: Scott Yoo
In addition to his role as Music Director at Festival Mozaic, Scott Yoo was named Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic in February 2016. Scott is also the host and executive producer of the all-new PBS series Now Hear This, the first show about classical music on primetime television in 50 years.
After beginning his musical studies at age three, Scott Yoo performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony at age twelve. He received first prize in the 1988 Josef Gingold International Violin Competition, the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the 1994 Avery Fisher Career Grant. After graduating with honors from Harvard University, Mr. Yoo founded the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, conducting the ensemble in its series at Jordan Hall in Boston, and more than ninety performances on tour.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Yoo has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Boston Chamber Music Society. He has collaborated with eminent artists Sarah Chang, Edgar Meyer, Benita Valente, and Dawn Upshaw. In the 2010-2011 season, Yoo made his Carnegie Hall debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and toured Europe with the Britten Sinfonia and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau.
As a guest-conductor, Mr. Yoo has led the Colorado, Dallas, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Utah Symphonies. He regularly conducts the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and led their Elliott Carter Festival as well as numerous subscription series. He has conducted the New World Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the orchestras of Columbus, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Kansas City, Louisville, Winnipeg, Mexico City, Nashville, and Phoenix. In Europe, he conducted the City of London Sinfonia, Orchestre de Bretagne, Odense Symphony and the Estonian National Symphony. He recently made his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic and his debut with Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra in Tokyo.
A proponent of the music of our time, Mr. Yoo has premiered 60 works by 31 composers. With Metamorphosen, Mr. Yoo has recorded Mark O’Connor’s American Seasons for Sony Classical; John Harbison’s chamber orchestra works with soprano Dawn Upshaw for Archetype, nominated for a 1999 National Public Radio Performance Today Award; and song cycles of Earl Kim with sopranos Benita Valente and Karol Bennett for New World, named a 2001 “Critics Choice” by the New York Times. His recent recording projects include complete orchestral works of Earl Kim with the RTE National Orchestra of Ireland for Naxos and works of Mozart and Elliott Carter for Bridge Records.
Mr. Yoo studied violin with Roman Totenberg, Albert Markov, Paul Kantor and Dorothy DeLay, and conducting with Michael Gilbert and Michael Tilson-Thomas.
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