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Soyoung Yoon ? violin




Soyoung Yoon is leader of the Basel Symphony Orchestra and performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician.

In the season 2016/2017 Soyoung Yoon opens the 15th International Wieniawski Violin Competition with a performance of Beethoven?s Violin Concerto. Conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, the concert is her debut with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. She will also be performing with Antoni Wit and the Orquesta Sinfnica de Navarra for the second time.

At the age of seventeen Soyoung Yoon won the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, and was subsequently a prize winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 2010, and the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2011, where she was awarded the 1st prize.

As a soloist, Soyoung Yoon has performed among others with the NDR North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Soloists and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors such as Gilbert Varga, Mario Venzago, Krzysztof Urbanski, Muhai Tang and Jesko Sirvend.

Soyoung Yoon has been a member of the Stradivari Quartet Zurich from 2009 to 2012. In 2012 she founded the ORION string trio with Veit Hertenstein and Benjamin Gregor-Smith. In 2016 the trio was awarded the 1st prize and the audience prize in the 15th Chamber Music Competition ?Migros Kulturprozent?, Zurich.

In 2015, after recording the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos in 2012, Soyoung released her second CD with Piazzolla?s Four Seasons and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy?s Concerto for Violin and Piano in collaboration with Ksenia Kogan and the Korean Chamber Orchestra. The release led to concerts in Seoul, London and Berlin.

Soyoung Yoon studied at the National University of the Arts in South Korea and with Zakhar Bron at the Cologne University of Music and Dance and the Zurich University of the Arts. She plays a J. B. Guadagnini violin (ex-Bckeburg) made in 1773.





Orion String Trio




The Orion String Trio was formed in 2012 in Basel by Violinist Soyoung Yoon from South Korea, German Violist Veit Hertenstein and English Cellist Benjamin Gregor-Smith. Friendship as well as a deep mutual musical understanding were factors in the decision to develop the String Trio beside their individual Solo careers.In February 2016 The Orion String Trio won 1st Prize as well as the Audience Prize in the 15th „Migros Kulturprozent” Chamber Music Competition in Zrich. The Jury was „impressed and fascinated by the clear joy of playing together, the spirit of the ensemble and the level of professionalism”. The Prize also includes a CD production.

The Orion String Trio performs regularly in Switzerland for example in the Tonhalle hall in Zrich as well as having given concerts in Germany, England and a big tour around Korea where the trio performed in such Halls as the Isang Yun Birthplace in Tongyeoung and in the Yongsan Concert Hall in Seoul among others.

Important Artistic Influence has been from such Musicians as Harald Schoneweg (Cherubini Quartet), Bernard Smith (Lindsay Quartet) and Thomas Demenga.








The well known mezzosoprano Ulrike Helzelmade her debut at the Vienna State Opera in 2011 and is a member of the ensemble since 2012. Being a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin for many years, she sang roles like Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Fuchs in DAS SCHLAUE FCHSLEIN, Hnsel in HNSEL UND GRETEL, Siebel in Gounod?s FAUST, Orpheus in ORPHE ET EURIDICE, Octavian in DER ROSENKAVALIER, M?re Marie in LES DIALOGUES DES CARMLITES Suzuki in MADAMA BUTTERFLY and Maria Maddalena de Pazzi in the INFINITO NERO (written 1998) by Salvatore Sciarrino.


From 2006 to 2012 Ulrike Helzel appeared at the Bayreuth Festival as Wellgunde in RHEINGOLD and GTTERDMMERUNG and Blumenmdchen and Knappe in PARSIFAL. In 2013 Ulrike Helzel made her debut as Fricka in RHEINGOLD under Kirill Petrenko in Rome. She has been invited to the Semperoper Dresden, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Opra La Monnaie, Bruxelles, the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Grand Thtre de Gen?ve, the Leipzig Opera, the Basle Theatre and the National Theatre Weimar. Ulrike Helzel has sung many concerts and oratorios all over Europe, in Japan and the United States with a broad repertoire from Bach to music of the 20th and 21st century. She worked with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Jiri Kout, Lothar Zagrosek, Friedemann Layer, Marek Janowski, Helmut Rilling and Peter Schreier to name some.

At the Cologne Opera Ulrike Helzel is invited to sing Adelaide in concert performances of Carl Zeller?s VOGELHNDLER and to the Hamburg State Opera for Marcellina in Mozart?s NOZZE DI FIGARO. With the Hamburg Symphonic Orchestra she will sing Beethoven?s NINTH SYMPHONY.

















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