Yezu Elizabeth Woo


A recipient of  “Outstanding Musician” awards from the Arts Critic Association and the Gangwon Talent Support Foundation in Korea,  Violinist Yezu (Elizabeth) Woo attended the Heifetz Institute in 2014, and returned in 2015 to join the inaugural program of the Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar.  At her 2004 debut at Carnegie Hall, Yezu became the youngest performer ever to play all 24 of Niccolo Paganini’s notoriously difficulty Caprices for solo violin. Since then, she has been invited to perform at the United Nations and traveled extensively for performances at Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall in New York, Smetana Hall in Prague, and the storied Musikverein in Vienna. She has appeared with such orchestras as the New Jersey Symphony, North Czech Philharmonic, Slovakian Radio Symphony,  Bulgarian Symphony, Romanian National Constanza Orchestra, Venezuela Philharmonic, and the Pyongyang Symphony of North Korea, as well as the Sungnam, KBS, Jeju, Mostly Philharmonic and Gangwon Provinces Orchestras of South Korea.

For the Heifetz Institute, Yezu was also a member of the Spring 2015 Heifetz On Tour  troupe performing in and around Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Ms. Woo also enjoys collaborations with artists in other genres, including Korean traditional music and hip hop. She is the Artistic Director of  Shattered Glass, a conductorless string ensemble based in NYC,  as well as the New York in Chuncheon Music Festival in her Korean hometown of  Chuncheon,   Ms. Woo received her B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Albert Markov, and her M.M. at The Juilliard School after studies with Catherine Cho.