Yoon Jae enjoys a multifaceted career as a conductor, arranger, pianist, and artrepreneur. As Founder & Artistic Director of Ensemble 212, Mr. L has built one of today’s finest ensembles based in New York. They have received critical acclaim for their innovative programming of works by living composers, exciting interpretations of the standard repertoire, and his own arrangements and transcriptions. A dedicated champion of new music, Mr. L has conducted numerous New York and world premieres of works by award-winning composers including Huang Ruo, Daniel Felsenfeld, Ke-Chia Chen, Texu Kim, Nina C. Young, and Jeffrey Mumford. Recent highlights include conducting engagements for ensemble mise-en’s 6th annual new music festival, video productions with Ensemble 212 featuring concertos for haegeum with Soo Yeon Lyuh, a CD recording featuring works by Michael Couper and Villa-Lobos with the Mimesis Ensemble and cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra. His list of guest conductor appearances includes the PRIZM Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the New England Conservatory, Opera on Tap. Distinguished artists he has collaborated with include Nick Canellakis, D’Anna Fortunato, David Krakauer, Mimi Stillman, and many others. Mr. L served as the Principal Conductor of the Albano Ballet Company which commissioned his chamber arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Mr. L’s arrangements and transcriptions have been performed throughout Asia, Europe, North and South America by leading orchestras such as the Baltimore, Phoenix and Singapore Symphony Orchestras. Praised by audiences and critics alike, David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer claimed his orchestral transcription of Mendelssohn’s Octet “Incorporated winds and brass…..intelligently.” The New York Times described his chamber version of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as “Illuminating….. with solos leaping out in unusually bold detail.” He is currently engaged in “The Mahler Chamber Project” to arrange all the symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde for chamber orchestra. A native of New York City, Mr. L is a 2nd generation Korean-American. He received degrees in piano and conducting from the Mannes School of Music where he was awarded the N. T. Milani Memorial Conducting Fellowship and the Peter M. Gross Fund. He also studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. During that time, he served as Assistant Conductor to the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie. His conducting mentors include Michael Charry, Dennis Russell Davies, David Hayes, Arkady Leytush, Murry Sidlin, Samuel Wong, and David Zinman. Mr. L has participated in Kurt Masur’s conducting masterclass, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute led by his keen interest in historical performance practice. He served on the faculty at the Queens College – Aaron Copland School of Music, City College of New York and Haverford College.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2002
Master of Music, Orchestral Conducting
Teaches ages 4+
Has background check
Yoonjae did a great job in offering me guidance in score analysis and conducting technique. I needed help preparing for a conducting workshop because I was accepted as a participant conductor. Yoonjae explained everything clearly and I learned more about conducting than I ever did. Thank you, Yoonjae!
Yoon, is an excellent teacher with the patience of a saint. Everyone can learn much from him.
Professional, easy to understand. Gives constructive feedback throughout lesson. Flexible and open to communication. I am very satisfied with his teaching and I would highly recommend him.