Mr James Yoo

B.A.(Hons), M.A.

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Professional Teaching Fellow


Born in South Korea, James Yoo is an Auckland based cellist who has since 2015 been a member of Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, the Musikhochschule in Cologne (Germany) and The University of Waikato. Former teachers include Maria Kliegel, James Tennant, Susan Blake and Thomas Tsai. He also had lessons and masterclasses with Pinchas Zukerman, Truls Mørk, Gautier Capuçon, Laszlo Mezo, Li-Wei Qin and Pieter Wispelwey.

James has performed extensively throughout Germany and Australia, and he regularly performs nationwide in New Zealand.

Since the age of 16 he has been frequently invited to perform on Fine Music 102.5FM and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; he has also performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including SBS Television and Radio Youth orchestra, Kuring-Gai Philharmonie Orchestra, North Sydney Youth Symphony, Camerata Ensemble and The University of Waikato Orchestra.

As an educator, James is well know in the Auckland musical community, both as a cello and chamber music teacher. He is particularly interested in analysing and giving lecture recitals on technical aspects of cello playing, including  Etudes and Caprices by David Popper and Carlo Alfredo Piatti.


Teaching | Current

Violoncello, Chamber Music

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Primary office location

Level B, Room B07
New Zealand