Artist Bio

Andrew Ilhoon Byun, cello

Canadian cellist Andrew Ilhoon Byun has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Jordan Hall and has performed at La Jolla SummerFest, Music Mountain, and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. Byun has been featured on the WFMT, WQXR, and NPR radio stations and has appeared in master classes with Steven Isserlis, Ida Kavafian, and Frans Helmerson, among others. In 2015, Byun performed at Jordan Hall on NPR’s From the Top as a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and won the Gershwin International Music Competition. He has also been a laureate at the Sejong Philharmonic Competition and American Protégé International Competition, among others, and was a semi-finalist at the 2022 Isang Yun Cello Competition. A passionate chamber musician, Byun has shared the stage with Erin Keefe, Hagai Shaham, and Kyung Sun Lee; has appeared at festivals including the Verbier Festival Academy, Taos School of Music, and Prussia Cove; and has studied chamber music closely with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Ébène, Emerson, and Dover string quartets. He is the cellist of Quatuor Caèl as part of the Juilliard School’s Honors Chamber Music program. A native of South Korea, Byun attended the Milton Academy and received both a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen. He has also studied with Myung-wha Chung, Emmanuel Feldman, Yeesun Kim, and Wei Yu. Byun is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School, where he studies with Natasha Brofsky.

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