Yumi Hwang-Williams is an American violinist of exceptional musicianship who is recognized both for her stylish performances of the classics and her commitment to the works of present-day composers. Strings magazine calls her “a modern Prometheus” who has “emerged as a fiery champion of contemporary classical music.” Her interpretations of concertos by Thomas Adès,  Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Daugherty, and Christopher Rouse have earned critical acclaim as well as  enthusiastic approval from the composers. She has collaborated with the Joffrey Ballet in a world premiere of Bold Moves, with numerous performances of Adès’ Concentric Paths for violin  and orchestra choreographed by  Ashley Page. Hwang-Williams recently celebrated Leonard Bernstein’s 100th by performing Serenade with the Colorado Symphony (Denver), where she has been Concertmaster since 2000.


Hwang-Williams has appeared as soloist with other major orchestras both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Sinfonieorchester Basel (Switzerland), and the Bruckner Orchester Linz (Austria) with conductors Marin Alsop, Dennis Russell Davies, Hans Graf, Brett Mitchell, Paavo Järvi, Peter Oundjian, and Markus Stenz. An avid chamber musician, Hwang- Williams has collaborated with Jeffrey Kahane, Andrew Litton, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Pinchas Zukerman, among others.


Hwang-Williams began violin studies at the age of 10 in Philadelphia, one year after emigrating from South Korea, and was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music at age 15.  Currently, she is Adjunct Violin Professor at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music. She is actively involved in advancing the arts in her community through many local concerts and supporting the symphony. Hwang- Williams plays on a violin made by Carlo Landolfi c. 1752.


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