Nov. 8, 2016  Review......IVCI laureate Yoojin Jang lives up to her title Laureate chamber recital also features pianist Thomas Hoppe. By Tom Aldridge

While admitting that there is no such thing as perfection, Monday's International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) laureate chamber recital players came as close to the zenith in their playing as I've witnessed in many a concert/recital. Violinist and fifth-place laureate in the 2014 IVCI, Yoojin Jang, joined with collaborative pianist Thomas Hoppe in five selections, from Beethoven to Saint-Saȅns.........

AUGUST 2016, The Strad  " Roads less travelled  "  Charlotte Smith reports from Sendai........

The sixth and final violinist to perform was 25-year-old Yoojin Jang South Korea, who paired a shimmering and agile Mendelssohn-perhaps rushing in places-with the final's most exciting interpretation.  Stravinsky's Violin Concerto can sometimes alienate audiences with its neo-Classical detachment and mercurial Changes of mood, but in this interpretation it was infinitely attractive and compelling, with perfectly balanced sentiment and rhythmic bite.  Jang was clearly enjoying herself and the audience was duly moved.  Indeed, it was this performance that inevitably swayed the jury and earned the violinist-who had previously been placed just fifth in the 2014 Indianapolis Violin Competition.

MARCH 07,2015, By Emily Wright  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT ,  Violinist Yoojin Jang brings talents to boston classical music scene

Inspired by: “Definitely my parents and also my teacher here, Miriam [Fried]. My parents — they’re not musicians but they’ve always been very supportive of everything that I do. My father, especially, loves classical music and so he has a lot of different albums in the house and always was listening to it. That’s how I grew up and came to love music itself.”

January 2015, THE STRAD, "celebrating independence", Christian Lloyd reports.

Yoo Jin Jang played Mozart's Concerto no.4 in D major K218. With a plangent tone and impressive dexterity throughout, Jang gave a fiery interpretation of this demanding concerto, responding well to the ECCO players and offering some sparkling passagework....
For me, Yoo Jin Jang's account on the second night was stronger, with spellbinding passagework and almost impeccable intonation througout....
My personal preference was for the fifth-placed Jang, and I couldn't help wondering whether her choice of the Tchaikovsky Concerto(also the choice of Lee, who came sixth) was a factor that cost her dearly in the end.....

10/12, 2014... International Violin Competition of Indianapolis review by NUVO's Tom Aldridge,       ( Romantic finals     &     Classical finals  )

Unequivocally the best playing by far that evening was by Yoo Jin Jang performing the Tchaikovsky. Her tonal control was near perfect throughout the three movements--unlike Ji Yoon Lee's on Friday of the same work. Jang possessed none of the defects of bowing, and her staccato work in the third movement was spectacular, and without a single slip. On any held note Jang eased into hercharacteristic vibrato, making her reading of this work strongly reminiscent of Hilary Hahn's CD recording (and nobody does it better than Hilary). I thought it was the best playing in the competition.

She played it perfectly, the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218. With perfect legato, perfect passage work, the smoothest transitions without any burps or bleeps, S. Korean Yu Jin Jang dominated her five finalist cohorts--four of them also Korean and one from the U.S., over Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Moreover Jang gave us the most consistently beautiful vibrancy in her tonal rendering, with the precision of the accompanying East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) adding to the allure.

5/8, 2014... The Boston Musical Intelligencer  'Violinist Jang in Her Elements', The Boston Musical Intelligencer

In the portion based on “Earth,” Jang showcased both her technical mastery and refined musicianship in grounded and essential but not overexposed repertoire beginning with Bach’s Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor, S.1003.....

11/11, 2013...Elvis van Beethoven...Tony Woodcock.President, New England Conservatory of Music

Recently, for example, a young NEC violinist Yoojin Jang (a 2012 NEC graduate now in our Artist Diploma program where she studies with Miriam Fried) invited me to hear her play the Beethoven Violin Concerto, ............

6/20,  2009...The Michael Hill International Violin Competition, NEW ZEALAND LISTENER " First among equals " by Rod Biss

But then, after the interval, Yoo Jin Jang, at 18 the youngest entrant in the competition, played Tchaikovsky's concerto with a freshness and innocent delight in its romanticism that swept both audience and orchestra along with fiery virtuosity, and as she played the final notes, the entire audience burst into foot-stamping applause. This time it seemed there was no doubt we had really heard the winner. But.......

 

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