Dan Jones is a multi award-winning composer and sound designer working in film, television and theatre. Recent credits include Louis Theroux's documentary feature, My Scientology Movie, the primetime BBC drama series SS-GB and The Replacement, the second series of BBC's hugely successful The Hollow Crown, Menno Meyjes' feature, De Reünie, Carnival's The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and Ecosse Films' The Great Fire (both for ITV). Other notable film credits include Shadow of the Vampire, starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, which received two Oscar nominations (Dan himself being long-listed by Variety as an Oscar contender for his score); The Tonto Woman, also nominated for an Oscar in the short films category; and Max, starring John Cusack and Noah Taylor, for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. For Channel 4/Carnival's Any Human Heart Dan won BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards as well as gaining double Emmy nominations. In the realm of the theatre, in 2011 Dan received the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Sound Design, at the Prague Quadrennial awards for his work on the acclaimed production Kursk.
Dan has recently finished scoring the feature adaptation of Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach, and the BBC dramas The Miniaturist, and The Man In The Orange Shirt.
Can the world take yet another brilliant young female violinist? Yes, if that violinist is Esther Yoo" wrote The Telegraph after the violinist's performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra in March 2016.
Esther Yoo, the young American-Korean violinist, is the first ever Artist-in-Residence with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – a year long residency starting in 2018. Acclaimed for her "dark, aristocratic tone" (Gramophone Magazine) and "impeccable artistry" (South Florida Classical Review), Esther Yoo first came to international attention in 2010 when she became the youngest prizewinner of the 10th International Sibelius Violin Competition (aged 16), and from 2014 to 2016 she was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, culminating in her BBC Proms debut.
The 2017/18 season will see Esther debut with Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestra Teatro San Carlo, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Vancouver, Bay Atlantic, and Hawaii, in addition to return performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. As this season's Artist-in-Residence with the Cambridge Corn Exchange, Esther will perform alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (as a double residency performance) and in recital with the Z.E.N. Trio. The Z.E.N. Trio, consisting of Zhang Zuo, Esther Yoo and Narek Hakhnazaryan (all former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists) will tour the UK and Asia, supporting the international release of their debut album – of Brahms and Dvořák Piano Trios. Other chamber highlights this season include, a recital performance at LSO St. Luke's as part of the festival week celebrating Simon Rattle's first season as the London Symphony Orchestra Music Director.
Last season, Esther debuted with the Minnesota Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, made her US recital debut in Lincoln Center, and debuted at Granada Festival with Pablo Heras-Casado and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In spring 2017 Deutsche Grammophon released her second album – of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and other works with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy – following her 2015 debut on the label, featuring the Glazunov and Sibelius concertos. Alongside recital partner Robert Koenig, Esther perfomed a recital tour covering Oslo, Birmingham, Madrid, Brussels, Seoul, New York and Miami.
And the virtuoso fireworks of the finale, which can trip up even the best violinists, caused her no trouble. It was altogether a wonderful performance which thrilled the audience, aware they were witnessing a star in the making.
In previous seasons Esther has performed with the BBC orchestras, Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, Gävle, KBS, RTÈ and Iceland symphony orchestras, and the philharmonic orchestras of Seoul, Warsaw and Kansai. She has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Karina Canellakis, Jaime Martin, Michał Nesterowicz, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Osmo Vänskä and Christopher Warren-Green. Festival appearances include Seoul International Music Festival, Ghent Festival of Flanders, Festival de Fénétrange, Festival du Château de Chambord and Dvořák Prague Festival. Chamber music highlights include her Wigmore Hall debut in 2016 and two BBC-recorded performances with the Z.E.N. Trio.
Born in the U.S. and raised in Europe since the age of 6, Esther began playing the violin at the age of 4 and made her concerto debut aged 8. In 2012 she was one of the youngest ever prizewinners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. She is currently a student of Ana Chumachenco in the Excellence Bachelor Programme at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, and continues to receive mentorship from Augustin Dumay after completing the Artist Diploma Programme at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. Prior to this, she worked with Zakhar Bron, Leonid Kerbel and Berent Korfker.
Esther plays the 1704 "Prince Obolensky" Stradivarius, generously lent to her by a private collector.
Based on Ian McEwan's novel of the same name, On Chesil Beach opens in 1962 England, where a young couple (played by Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle) find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Written by BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated composer Dan Jones, On Chesil Beach's soundtrack features violinist Esther Yoo.
"Recently, I have been reading books related to brain science. I want to know the circuit of people's emotions, psychology and cognition," said Esther Yoo, the first Korean selected as a new generation artist designated by BBC. She is also known as a musician who is more mature than her age. "I am more mature than my age because I was raised by my grandmother," the 24-year-old violinist told this reporter over the phone. "I feel a sense of responsibility when she hears that she is mature.
Recently Yoo recorded an OST of the movie "On Chesil Beach." She also shares her daily life with fans on SNS actively. "The period where enjoying classical music in concert hall or stages is over," she said. "I enjoy meeting fans on stage and outside."
Esther Yoo will be collaborating with the Russian National Orchestra led by Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev in Busan on June 27 and in Seoul on June 28. She will be playing Sibelius violin concertos. "This is a song I played at the final stage of the Sibelius Competition," said Yoo. "I am very excited to perform with the Russian orchestra, led by the great conductor in my home country."
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