Hyunah Yu

Soprano Hyunah Yu appears regularly with esteemed conductors, opera houses, well-known music festivals, and major orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

She has received acclaim for her versatility in concert and opera roles of several centuries, for her work in chamber music, for her support of new music written by contemporary composers, and for her recorded and broadcast performances. She is known particularly for her performances of the music of J. S. Bach.


In addition to performing the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in the past season, she has sung it with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung Whun Chung, with the Aspen Festival Orchestra under David Zinman, and the Vermont Symphony under Jaime Laredo. Ms. Yu’s recent seasons have also included Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and the Bach Mass in B Minor with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln under Semyon Bychkov and the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’s Symphony of Meditations with the Seattle Symphony.

An avid chamber musician and a recitalist, Ms. Yu has enjoyed re-engagements with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Musicians from Marlboro, Baltimore’s Shriver Hall Concert Series, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Vancouver Recital Society, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and many others. In 2004 she made her Carnegie Hall debut as a part of their “Evenings of Song” series.

A highlight of Hyunah Yu’s opera career thus far has been singing the title role in Mozart’s Zaide in New York, London, and Vienna under the direction of Peter Sellars and conducted by Mostly Mozart’s Louis Langrée.  Ms. Yu has recorded Mozart and Bach Arias on EMI and solo recitals broadcast for the BBC Voices program.

Ms. Yu was a prizewinner at the Walter Naumburg International Competition and a finalist in both the Dutch International Vocal and Concert Artist Guild International competitions. Upon the nomination of the renowned pianist Mitsuko Uchida, she received the coveted Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Ms. Yu also holds a degree in molecular biology from the University of Texas at Austin.