Nationality: South Korea
STAGE ONE - SELECTION: J. Sibelius, Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, I-II mov.; Eric Tanguy, Sonata Breve (1999) I-II mov.; J. Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op.108, III-IV mov
SEMIFINAL: J.S. Bach, Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003, Grave, Fuga, Allegro
South Korean violinist Jaewon Wee made her debut recital at the Kumho Art Center at age 11 and her solo debut with the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto at the same age. Her recent performance with the orchestra was in South Korea, performing Paganini's Second Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with HanKyung arte Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Wilson Ng & Tamgu Lee. Jaewon recently won the First Prize & three Special Prizes at the Mirecourt International Violin Competition 2023. In the same year, she won the First Prize & Audience Choice Award at the inaugural Dallas International Violin Competition 2023. She will appear as a soloist in the DCS's next season. Also, Jaewon has been awarded the First Prize at the YSAYE Senior 2022 International Violin Competition and the First Prize (Eleanor Woods Memorial Award) & the Audience Prize (Viola Musher and Amelia Stieglitz Wishner Award) at the 2022 Washington International Competition. In the same year, she won the Second Prize & the 'Weiss Prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Work' at the 2022 Klein International Competition. In 2021, she won the Third Prize and received Igor Ulitsky's (Moscow, 2019) violin as a prize at the Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition. In May 2021, she also won the Second Prize & the Special iPalpiti Prize at the George Enescu International Competition 2020-21 in Bucharest, where she performed Brahms' Violin Concerto with "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra at the Romanian Athenaeum. In May 2023, Jaewon performed Bach's A minor Violin Concerto with the San José Chamber Orchestra, as a result of winning second prize at the 2022 Klein International Competition. In January, she appeared as a soloist with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall, performing Sibelius' Violin Concerto with conductor Woong Cha. As a winner of the Violin Concerto Competition 2019 at the Juilliard School, she made her New York debut concert at the Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, performing Prokofiev's second violin concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky. Jaewon was awarded Grand Prix and first prizes in both national and international competitions, including the Juilliard Concerto Competition, KBS·KEPCO Music Competition, Seoul Chamber Music Competition, the Journal of Music Europe Debut Concours, the Great Mountains International Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Ishikawa International Music Award, and many others. She also won top prizes at international competitions such as George Enescu International Competition 2020-21, Menuhin International Violin Competition 2014, Tchaikovsky International Competition for young musicians, and Kloster Schöntal International Competition. She has appeared with world-renowned orchestras as a soloist, including George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, San José Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Bashkortostan, The Great Mountains International Music Festival Orchestra, Palermo Festival Symphony Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, HanKyung arte Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Philharmonic Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Seong-Nam Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, The KNUA Symphony Orchestra, and many others.
Graduate of The Juilliard School's Master of Music Degree program under the tutelage of Ronald Copes, Jaewon recently graduated from New England Conservatory's Graduate Diploma program, where she received the Dean's scholarship (full scholarship) and studied under Donald Weilerstein. She received her bachelor's degree from Korea National University of Arts, where she studied with Nam Yun Kim, Koichiro Harada, and Takashi Shimizu, and graduated with the president's and highest performance awards. Jaewon pursues the Artist Diploma program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music under Cho-Liang Lin with a full scholarship.