Hankyeol Yoon

Current as of April 2023

Conductor Hankyeol Yoon was the youngest ever recipient of the Neeme Järvi Prize at the 2019 Gstaad Menuhin Festival and subsequently received conducting invitations from Kammerorchester Basel and the Basel and Bern symphony orchestras.

Highlights of the 2022/23 season include his debuts with Bern Symphony Orchestra and Busan Philharmonic Orchestra and a return to the KBS Symphony Orchestra for concerts in Tokyo, as well as working as assistant conductor under Simon Rattle for the European tour of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2023.

Recent highlights include concerts with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Kammerorchester Basel and Korean National Symphony Orchestra. In 2021 he stepped down as staff conductor of Theater und Orchester Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz. During his two-year tenure he conducted several symphonic concerts and opera performances.

Hankyeol Yoon has also worked as an assistant conductor with Nuremberg State Theatre, Grand Théâtre de Genève and Heidenheim Opera Festival, as well as with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding and at Lucerne Festival as a conducting fellow under Thomas Adès.

In 2019 Hankyeol Yoon was awarded third prize at Campus Dirigieren in Nuremberg and in 2021 he won the second and audience prizes at the inaugural KSO International Conducting Competition in Seoul. He was also a finalist at the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in 2020 and at Deutscher Dirigentenpreis 2021.

Also a prize-winning composer, from 2019 to 2021 he was one of two composers mentored by the Peter Eötvös Foundation in Budapest, where his compositions were conducted by Peter Eötvös; he also received mentoring from George Benjamin. Under Unsuk Chin, he made his debut as conductor and composer at the Tongyeong International Music Festival. In December 2021 his latest work, Grande Hipab, was given its premiere by Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt.

Born in Daegu, South Korea, but making his home in Munich since 2011, Hankyeol Yoon studied conducting, composition and piano performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

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