Principal Flute of the Marin Symphony & San Jose Symphony
Bay Area-based flutist, MyungJu Yeo, has performed and taught across the United States, Europe, and Asia for more than 15 years. Her varied performance career includes appearances in a variety of roles performing repertoire spanning centuries. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Yeo is principal flute of the Marin Symphony and Symphony San Jose, and has recently performed with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Opera San Jose Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus, OH) and as principal flute of the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Yeo has also toured Germany with the Bachakademie Stuttgart Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling and the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, and performed for two seasons as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where she worked closely with conductors including Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jaap van Zweden, Sir Andrew Davis and Sir Mark Elder, among others. As soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Yeo has appeared in performances in Austria, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark and Korea, and across the United States.
Ms. Yeo has participated in nearly all of the world’s most prestigious international competitions for flute, including the Munich ARD International Music Competition (Germany), the Carl Nielson International Music Competition (Denmark), and the Prague Spring International Music Competition (Czech Republic), and was selected as one of only twelve semi-finalists in the latter two. In addition, she has won numerous national music competitions in Korea and was a prize winner in the 1st Residenzwettwerb Competition and the International Summer Academy "Allegro vivo" Competition, both in Austria.
Ms. Yeo began musical studies in her native South Korea and attended the Busan High School of Arts. At the age of 17, she relocated to Vienna, Austria to study at the renowned Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien, where she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with highest honors as a student of Hansgeorg Schmeiser, former principal flute of the Vienna Volksopera. Ms. Yeo also pursued graduate studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she worked with Sophie Cherrier and Vincent Lucas, and has participated in master classes with luminary artists such as Peter-Lukas Graf, Paul Meisen, Pierre Yves Artaud, Emily Beynon and Philippe Bernold.