Grace Youn is a Master's student at the University of Texas at Austin, studying under Professor Brian Lewis. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Puget Sound. Her previous teachers include Dr. Maria Sampen and Marcia Ott.
As a soloist, Grace has performed with the Balcones Community Orchestra, Montecito International Music Festival Orchestra, Austin Civic Orchestra, the University of Puget Sound Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and the Tacoma Youth Symphony. She served as concertmaster of the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra and also played in the violin section of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. This summer, Grace was invited to perform at Creative Dialogue VI, a new music symposium hosted by the Sibelius Academy. In previous summers, she has attended and performed at music festivals, including The International Festival Institute at Round Top, Brevard Music Center, Innsbrook Institute and Music Festival, Northwestern Summer Violin Institute, and the Icicle Creek International Chamber Music Festival. Her performing engagements have taken her across the United States with performances throughout the Pacific Northwest, Denver, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Honolulu, Chicago, and the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. This year, Grace won the Texas Rising Stars: Austin Civic Orchestra Competition. Grace was also a prizewinner at the 2012 Beatrice Herrmann Young Artist Competition and a national finalist in the 2012 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition. She has performed in masterclasses for Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Paul Kantor, Kenneth Goldsmith, Blair Milton, Robert Chen, Cyrus Forough, and Janet Sung.
In August, 2011, Grace launched her YouTube channel, graceyounviolin, where she explores various musical genres, combining classical traditions and techniques with other music traditions. She has been able to work and collaborate with some of today's greatest crossover artists. In 2012, Grace won the International Rockin' Fiddle Challenge with a cover of Journey's Don't Stop Believin' and was featured in Katy Perry's documentary, Part of Me. She is in demand as a studio/session musician.