David Yonan
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David Yonan

David Yonan was born in Berlin, and after winning the Berlin youth competition at the age of 10, gave his recital debuts in Berlin, Moscow and St. Petersburg. At the age of 12 he made his solo debut in a concert at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, performing Henri Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No.2.The Berliner Morgenpost wrote about the performance: "David Yonan is a name one should memorize under all circumstances for the future!" Legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci wrote: "David Yonan is one of the most gifted violinists of his generation…"

At age 15 Yonan came to the United States to study with renowned violin pedagogues Roland&Almita Vamos, at the Music Institute of Chicago and later with the celebrated violin teacher, Dorothy DeLay, both at the Juilliard School and at the Aspen Music Festival.

Winner of several significant international competitions, he won 1st prizes at the International Violin Competition Kloster Schoental (1993); the International Ruggiero Ricci Competition Berlin (1995) and Hanns Eisler Competition; the silver medal at the 1995 International Violin Competition Vina del Mar, Chile (1995), the Brahms prize at the Carl Flesch Academy (1995); the International Queen Sophie Charlotte Violin Competition, Germany (2005), and a distinguished citizenship, awarded by the City of Puerta Vallarta, after a highly successful Mexico Tour as guest soloist of the Highland Park Strings sister city tour in 2006.Guest performances at major Music Festivals, such as the Aspen, Bowdoin, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Daniel Musik Dagen (Holland) and Cervo Music Festivals (Italy).

In 2001 he was invited to perform as a young artist at the inaugural Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium at the Juilliard School, New York, where he was featured in concerts and master classes with Itzhak Perlman.

Regular solo appearances with the Berlin Symphony, Nuremberg Symphony, Frankfurt Symphony, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Potsdam Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia, Highland Park Strings and Santiago de Chile Symphony Orchestra’s among many others.

First commercial CD recording 1995 with American pianist Anne Marie McDermott for the Price Waterhouse label, featuring works of Ravel, Debussy and Wieniawski. Radio and TV productions for the German ARD and ZDF networks, Deutsche Welle TV, CBS, and the Chilean TV network. Mr. Yonan gave live performances of the complete 24 Paganini Caprices in honor of his longtime mentor Ruggiero Ricci in Chicago, Berlin and at the Aspen Music Festival in 2002, which he also recorded live at WFMT Chicago. He has performed both as a soloist and recitalist in Germany, Italy, England, Denmark, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Romania, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, and the U.S.

A champion of new music, David Yonan has worked with some of the most distinguished composers of our time, such as John Adams, Arvo Part, and Augusta Read Thomas.

David Yonan earned an M.M. and a Soloist Diploma at the Berlin "Hanns Eisler" Music Academy, where he studied with Werner Scholz and received his early violin training with Abraham Jaffe in Berlin. Additional post-graduate education at Northwestern University and the Juilliard School, on a full scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Program and the prestigious German Study Foundation.

In addition to his work as a performing artist, David Yonan mentors the development of young, exceptionally talented musicians and donates a significant amount of his time to charitable and outreach causes.

His Violin and Viola students have won prizes at many national competitions and he is the founder/artistic director of the Fine Arts Music Society, Music Director of the AUA Foundation Chicago and is on the Artists faculty of Midwest Young Artists and starting in 2009 Artist-in residence at North Park University Chicago.

In the 2008/09 season, David Yonan will perform the complete 24 Paganini Caprices in honor of Ruggiero Ricci’s 90th birthday in the U.S., Europe and Asia in different arrangements by Robert Schumann, George Enescu, Ferdinand David and contemporary composers, as well as an international tour with pianist Christine Yoshikawa, performing the concerto for violin, piano and string quartet by Ernest Chausson.

In addition, he will be on the distinguished faculty of the 1st International Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg, summer 2009.

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