Korean violinist Inmo Yang is the first prize winner of the 2022 Jean Sibelius Violin Competition. He was also awarded a prize for the best performance of the commissioned work written by Magnus Lindberg. Sakari Oramo, the chair of the jury, commented: 'The winner was overwhelming. There is so much great about Inmo's playing, both musically and violinistically. There is never anything extra involved in changing the spring, which produces singing and ease.'
In March 2015, Inmo won the 54th International Violin Competition Premio Paganini in Genoa, Italy, marking the first time since 2006 that the Paganini Competition jury awarded First Prize. Fabio Luisi, the chair of the jury at the time, commented: 'Inmo is an intuitive musician. His Paganini is captivating and exquisite.' He also garnered the following special prizes: Youngest Finalist, Best Performance of the Contemporary Original Piece and Performance Most Appreciated by the Audience. He performed a special recital in Genoa using Paganini's own Guarneri Del Gesu violin.
Inmo made his Carnegie Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall as winner of the Concert Artists Guild competition, and went on to receive invitations to the Boston Symphony Hall, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival.
Inmo has performed with many renowned conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Myung-whun Chung, James Gaffigan, and Osmo Vänskä. His concerto appearances include Orchester National de France, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice. Notable engagements for the upcoming season include a tour with Orchester national de Metz, a concerto appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and performances of Unsuk Chin's first violin concerto with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the orchestra's residency program.
In 2021, Inmo released his second Deutsche Grammophon album The Genetics of Strings. His debut album - Paganini: 24 Caprices - was recorded live as part of the Kumho Art Hall residency, and released under the same label in 2019.
Inmo studied with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was the only violinist in its highly selective Artist Diploma program. Inmo is currently based in Berlin, where he is pursuing a Master's degree under Antje Weithaas at Hochschule für Musik 'Hanns Eisler'.
Inmo Yang plays on a violin made by G.B. Guadagnini of Turin, kindly loaned to him by J & A Beare Foundation and the Beare's International Violin Society for The International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.
Barber Violin Concerto op.14
Bartok Violin Concerto No.1 sz.36
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major op.61
Berg Violin Concerto to the memory of an angel
Bernstein Serenade after Plato’s Symposium
Brahms Violin Concerto in D major op.77
Bruch Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major op.46
Bruch Violin Concerto in G minor op.26
Dvořák Violin Concerto in A minor op.53
Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor op.61
Hindemith Violin Concerto (1939)
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole op.21
Korngold Violin Concerto in D major op.35
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor op.64
Mozart Violin Concerto No.1 in B-flat major K.207
Mozart Violin Concerto No.2 in D major K.211
Mozart Violin Concerto No.3 in G major K.216
Mozart Violin Concerto No.4 in D major K.218
Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 in A major K.219
Nielsen Violin Concerto op.33
Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 in D major op.6
Paganini Violin Concerto No.2 in B minor op.7
Paganini Violin Concerto No.3 in E major MS 50
Paganini Violin Concerto No.4 in D minor MS 60
Paganini Violin Concerto No.5 in A minor MS 78
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 in D major op.19
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor op.63
Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto in B minor op.61
Schumann Fantasy in C major op.131
Schumann Violin Concerto in D minor WoO23
Shostakovich Violin Concerto in A minor op.77
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor op.47
Szymanowski Violin Concerto no.1 op.35
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major op.35
'Yang displayed a depth of musical feeling beyond the technique one expects to hear from competition winners such as he. The sweetness of his tone, the elegance of his bow work and the accuracy of his intonation were much to be admired.'
'Don’t judge Inmo Yang’s second DG release The Genetics of Strings as just another 'concept' album of mixed composers and styles until you’ve experienced the organic and fluent trajectory of his program building, not to mention his ardent and intense violin mastery.'