Yumi Hwang-Williams made her debut at the age of fifteen as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, six years after emigrating from South Korea. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she's known today both for her stylish performances of the classics and her commitment to the works of present-day composers.
Strings magazine calls her “a modern Prometheus” who has “emerged as a fiery champion of contemporary classical music.” Her interpretations of works by Thomas Adès, Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Daugherty, and Christopher Rouse have earned critical acclaim as well as enthusiastic approval from the composers.
The performance of Kernis' Lament and Prayer was notable for the outstanding interpretation of the solo violin part by Yumi Hwang-Williams.Indianapolis Star
The violin part of the Rouse Concerto is especially challenging, with more double stops than a Paganini variation. Hwang-Williams' formidable technique made them fleet and sweet, bringing forth a frenzy of appreciation at the conclusion.San Francisco Classical Voice
Yumi is a frequent soloist with the Colorado Symphony and has soloed with other major orchestras both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, Sinfonieorchester Basel (Switzerland), and the Bruckner Orchester Linz (Austria) in collaboration with conductors Marin Alsop, Dennis Russell Davies, Hans Graf, Paavo Järvi, and Peter Oundjian. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with Gary Graffman, Ida Kavafian, Jeffrey Kahane, Christopher O'Riley, Jon Kimura Parker, and Andrew Litton. This past season she played the Beethoven concerto with the CSO, horn trios at Carnegie Hall with Andrew Litton and CSO Principal Horn Michael Thornton, and the Isang Yun concerto #3 in Basel, Switzerland and Tongyeong, South Korea.