Who is Hyunji?


A native of Seoul, South Korea, Los Angeles based cellist Hyunji Evonne Yi is an active performer and music educator. As a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral musician, she has appeared in concert venues across the United States, Germany and Korea.

As a soloist Hyunji has received first place in many competitions including the Greater Los Angeles Regional ASTA competition, Greater Los Angeles Bach Complete Works Competition, and Rotary District Music Competition. She was a recipient of the National School Orchestra Association Orchestra Award and as a member of the Haust Duo she advanced to the final round of the Chamber Music Competition (CMC). In addition, in 2014 she was the winner of the Instrumental Concerto Competition at Bob Cole Conservatory where she made her debut at the Carpenter's Performing Arts center performing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Zeisl Scholarship at the Scripps College SoCal Chamber Music Program where she had the opportunity to work closely with the Enso Quartet and Horszowski Trio.

Additional training includes fellowships in 2017, to attend the Eastman Cello Institute where she studied with Alan Harris; in 2018, as a string fellow to the Colorado College Music Festival as well as receiving an invitation to the Boston Music Institute’s 12-hour Masterclass with Martin Lohr at the Berlin Phil Concert Hall and with Blaise Dejardin at the Boston Symphony Hall. Furthermore, she was also accepted to the San Francisco Orchestra Academy Orchestra Diploma program for the 2018-2019 year. Throughout the years she has also had the chance to perform in masterclasses and work with Robert DeMaine, TaoNi, Johannes Moser, Daniel Rothmuller, Astrid Schween and Alan Harris. She has studied privately with Dorothy Muggeridge, Andrew Shulman and Joon-Sung Jun.

As an orchestral musician, Hyunji has also performed with many ensembles under the baton of Ron Leonard, Carl St. Clair, Alexander Treger, Johannes Muller-Stosch, and Carlos Izcaray including USC Symphony, Orchestra Da Camera at the Colburn School of Arts, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Corelli Ensemble, Bob Cole Symphony Orchestra, Young Artists Symphony Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony. In 2015 she was a founding member of the Oceanside String Quartet, one of the most sought-after Orange County based ensembles.

In addition to performing, Hyunji has extensive teaching experience of over 10 years. Currently, as a member of the Music Teachers Association of California, she teaches in the greater Los Angeles area as a private cello teacher and string coach. She has taught at Tustin Music Center, the Concert Music School as well as adjudicating and coaching at Millikan High School each year. She also had the privilege to work full time as a cello instructor at Renaissance Arts Academy, an award-winning charter school. Currently Hyunji is an adjunct cello professor at Santa Ana College.

Her private students have gone on to win positions in the Colburn Chamber Program, Los Angeles Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra and Asia America Youth Symphony Orchestra. They have been accepted on full scholarship to the Interlochen Summer Academy as well as passing with honors from the Certificate of Merit Program including being chosen as Panel finalists and Convention performers. They have won first prizes in competitions including Irvine Conservatory International Music Competition, Opus International Music Competition, SYMF, VOCE, Regional Bach Festival and Bach Complete Works Audition. Her students have gone on to attend Stanford University, Brown University, Cleveland Institute of Music, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC and UC Irvine.

Outside of classical music, in 2014 she had the privilege of appearing on the Ellen Degeneres show accompanying the band Bastille in their hit song, “Flaws”. She also appears in their music videos “Warmth” and “Good Grief”, shot and recorded live at Capitol Records. The recording she did for Bryan Lanning’s new album “Us” landed #2 spot in the iTunes Pop Charts in the U.S. She has also performed live with Dan Nyugen as well as performing for various artists on the Vietnamese Show, Paris by Night. Most recently, she performed with the artist Niki as part of 88 rising’s set at Coachella.

Hyunji attended the University of Southern California and began to further her musical studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degree as a Cole Scholar and Distinguished Graduate Honoree under the guidance of Professor Joon-Sung Jun. She was the recipient of the prestigious Richard E. Baker Scholarship and was chosen to be in the University String Quartet as well as being the graduate Teaching Assistant at the Conservatory.

Hyunji is a strong proponent of using music as a means to give back to the community. As a result, she enjoys bringing solo and chamber music to hospitals and senior care centers around the greater Los Angeles area. She is also a member of Amici Concert Artists (ACA), a nonprofit concert organization seeking to positively impact the local and global community through the performing arts.

Hyunji performs on a 2018 Mauer-Zhao modern cello made in Lakewood, CA.