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The Washington Post declared Shirley Yoo a pianist with “extraordinary sensitivity and technical skill” and her chamber performance “a spectacular performance […] that really stole the show.” Highlights of concerts include performances at Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington; Tata Theatre, Mumbai; Arts Center, Seoul; Penderecki Festival, Banff; Società Filarmonica, Trento; and Steinway Hall, London. She has won prizes at the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Chopin Competition. Other distinctions include a Maryland State Arts Council Grant and a Presser Award.
In addition to her solo performances, Yoo is passionate about chamber music and has performed in chamber ensembles across the mid-Atlantic region. Live and recorded performances of both solo and chamber have been broadcast on WQED, Pittsburgh and WQLN, Erie. She was a founding member of the Annapolis Chamber Players, an ensemble of winds, strings and two pianos as well as a founding core member of League of the Unsound Sound (LotUS), a chamber group dedicated to performing contemporary and experimental music. She has also collaborated with members of So Percussion performing contemporary repertoire for two pianos and percussion. New World Records released “Circadian Rhythms,” on which she performed works by Mathew Rosenblum.
Yoo graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University and continued her musical studies at the University of Maryland, the Royal Academy of Music in England, and Peabody Conservatory. Upon completing her DMA, she was on faculty at Peabody Conservatory in the Theory Department for several years while also teaching at Temple Preparatory and working as staff accompanist at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She then joined Mercyhurst University as piano faculty and Artist-in-Residence of the D’Angelo Piano Trio. She has since returned to Peabody where in the conservatory she teaches chamber music and piano. Her primary teachers include Raymond Hanson, Ann Koscielny, Noretta Conci-Leech, and Ellen Mack.