Jamie Yoo is a flutist, writer, broadcaster, and an educator. Starting in the fall of 2018, Dr. Yoo is scholar-in-residence at New York Classical Players as well as artist panel of The Classic at New York Radio Korea Broadcasting.
Described as “inspiring,” "delightful," and “colorful," Dr. Yoo is an active soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She has appeared as a soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Spoleto Music Festival Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at Harvard Art Museum, Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago History Museum, Seoul Art Center, Kumho Art Hall and more.
During her doctoral studies she embarked upon research into the work of noted Baroque period composer Antonio Lotti. Her dissertation, “A Stylistic Analysis of Antonio Lotti’s Trio Sonata in F Major for Flute, Viola da Gamba, and Harpsichord, and Trio Sonata in A Major for Flute Oboe d’amore, and Continuo” broke new ground in understanding Lotti’s work, and acts as a springboard for future work into this noted composer. She also has a great interest in Contemporary Music and one of her recent performances includes Submerged by three-times Grammy nominated American composer, Miguel del Aguila. Dr. Yoo regularly appears at New Music Brandeis of Brandeis University as well.
For more information, visit her website www.yoojamie.com
1. When did you start to play flute? What was the first tune(s) you learned?
I started the flute at age 13 after I listened to the beautiful tune Bizet Carmen that my friend was practicing.
2. What drew you to become a flutist? What or Who were your early
passions and influences?
It was a natural step into the flute since I learned piano and other instruments in my earlier childhood. Flute has the most fascinating sound among them!
3. What do you enjoy most about being a flutist? What do you hate most? Why?
I enjoy every single moment when I’m with music. I like when I play with other instruments such as playing in an orchestra and a chamber group. I don’t enjoy much when I have to make an extra care on keeping my hands in a good condition. For example, I missed my family ski vacation because I was preparing for an audition, and I was a bit scared in case my hands get injured. So I didn’t go but stayed at home and practiced for an audition, which was the most unfortunate moment I remember. But other than that, I love being a musician.
4. What is your routine before a performance? Do you follow any superstitions?
I stay as usual as possible. I’m a coffee snob and I love brewing coffee. I try not to have too much caffeine before the performance.
5. How do you feel working with musicians from different cultures and countries?
One of the most attractive aspects of being a musician is that I meet diverse people from different nationalities. We all have different backgrounds but work together and speak in one voice through the music. It is very special.
6. How do you feel be a part of Bailu Chamber Orchestra? What's your most memorable experiences during Bailu concert series?
The Bailu Chamber Ensemble has a great passion on making the highest quality of performance. I like the enthusiastic vibes and professional approaches. I’m also very impressed how the audiences involve and dedicate in understanding classical music and supporting the Bailu Chamber Orchestra.
7. Could you share your stories about plays in Civic Orchestra of Chicago? How do you feel working closely with Yo-Yo Ma?
I met talented musicians and performed diverse orchestral and chamber repertories while in Civic Orchestra of Chicago (2013-2016). When working with Yo-Yo Ma, I experienced that the orchestra firmly establishes as a promoter of taking classical music outside the symphony halls into public schools, parks, and many more community venues.
8. When you look ahead to the next five, 10, or 20 years of your career, what do you hope to accomplish?
I’d like to continue my music path along with my personal life and keep in balanced.
9. If you weren’t a flutist, what job would you want?
I would be an interior designer but since I’ve been interested in cooking and nutritions recently, I consider being a chef or nutritionist for now?
10. How does the new popularity of music streaming affect the popularity of classical music? To what extent do classical musicians need to adapt?
It is a tough question to answer in a short sentence. The industries have been shifted drastically to a different formula or keep changing for last years, and yes, music industry is also keep moving. Not only practicing and learning techniques and methods, but also necessary to learn the best way to market oneself as a musician is one of the significant aspects. Musicians need to adopt the quick changing circumstances.
11. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
The change has to come from the combination of all different aspects, but I’d say that my goal is to reach beyond traditional walls of classical music performance, and more actively and directly communicate with the public, thereby not only changing the perception of classical music in the public opinion, but also assigning a new active role to classical industry within the public life itself.