Assistant Principal Cello
Susan Yun was recently appointed Assistant Principal Cellist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Previous positions include guest Associate Principal of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Principal of the Sarasota Orchestra. She completed her doctoral studies with soloist Colin Carr at SUNY Stony Brook, during which time she was a substitute with the New York Philharmonic and collaborated with artists such as Soovin Kim, Tina Dahl, Lara St. John, and members of both the Emerson String Quartet and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Yun has performed in masterclasses led by Janos Starker and Gregor Horsch (principal cellist of the Concertgebouw) and was a participant of the London Masterclasses with Ralph Kirshbaum. She made her Aldeburgh Festival debut performing Boulez’s Messagesquisse alongside cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and served as principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and the Pacific Music Festival. As a fellowship recipient, she attended The Banff Centre for the Arts' Beethoven Cellos Sonata Seminar and was a member and soloist with the New World Symphony. She also received full scholarships to attend the Lucerne Festival Academy and participate in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival under the tutelage of the Tokyo String Quartet.
A native of Boston, Ms. Yun began her studies at the age of four. She was a featured soloist of her youth orchestra's tour of England/Ireland, making her debut in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and receiving headlining reviews of being "just enchanting" by the Birmingham Post. She went on to receive degrees from Northwestern University with honors and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Hans Jorgan Jensen and Desmond Hoebig. She has also studied extensively with Eric Bartlett of the New York Philharmonic and Andras Fejer of the Takacs Quartet.