A musician who "effortlessly weaves between genres and brings as much rock and roll to the violin as she does classical precision and refinement to rock and roll," Grace Youn is quickly establishing herself as one of today's best crossover violinists.
A native of Tacoma, Washington, Grace began violin studies at age 7. 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, Formula 1, and the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. She has appeared 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 was also a member of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Grace has been a prize winner in the Texas Rising Stars Competition, the Beatrice Hermann Young Artist Competition, the International Rockin' Fiddle Challenge, and the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition.
In 2014, Grace was invited to perform at Creative Dialogue VI, a new music symposium hosted by the Sibelius Academy. She has also attended and performed at other 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. She has performed in masterclasses for Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Paul Kantor, Kenneth Goldsmith, Blair Milton, Robert Chen, Cyrus Forough, and Janet Sung.
In 2011, Grace launched her YouTube channel, graceyounviolin, where she explores various musical genres, combining classical traditions and techniques with other musical styles. Her videos have accumulated thousands of subscribers and millions of views. She has worked and collaborated with many well-known crossover artists and was featured in Katy Perry's documentary, Part of Me. She is in demand as a studio/session musician.
Grace is an Artist Diploma candidate at the Butler School of Music studying under Professor Brian Lewis, where she also has studied part time with Giora Schmidt and David Kim. She earned her Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Texas - Austin and Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Puget Sound under Dr. Maria Sampen. Grace teaches violin and viola at Huston Tillotson University in addition to managing a private studio of violin and viola students.
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