"Gracefully nuanced, high-energy" -Allann Kozinn, Portland Press Herald
"Strong and musical in a sound academic sense - dense phrases, expressiveness “from the depths”, the cantilena can be compared with a good mezzo-soprano... Tchaikovsky's “Lullaby” sounded simply marvelous" (translated) -Dmitry Onishchenko, ClassicalMusicNews.ru
From Bellevue, Washington, Min Joo Yi is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts with Professor Yong-Hi Moon at Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, with a graduate assistantship in accompanying. She also received her Master of Music (MM) and Graduate Performance Diploma degrees (GPD) at Peabody. She received her bachelors degree (AB) in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, along with a music performance certificate, at Princeton University. Her former teachers include Francine Kay, Duane Hulbert, and Michi North.
Min Joo has been named the recipient of the 2022 Sarah Stuhlman Zierler Prize, 2020-2021 and 2019-2020 Caswell and Constance Caplan Peabody Career Development Grant, 2018-2019 Leo B. Swinderman Prize, 2017 & 2018 Clara Ascherfeld Award, three-time 2016-2018 Loraine Bernstein Memorial Fund, 2014- 2016 Princeton University Scheide Scholarship, 2013 CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship, 2012 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Scholarship, 2010 Evelyn Lindblad Folland Endowment Fund Award, and 2010 Donna & Edwin Kornfeld Piano Scholarship. She received full fellowships to the Art of the Piano Festival, Kaplan Fellowship Program at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and PianoTexas International Festival and Academy.
She has also been recognized in the 2022 Verona International Piano Competition (solo finalist), 2022 Wonderlic Piano Competition (2nd prize), 2020 Miami Chopin National Piano Competition (semifinalist), 2019 Yale Gordon Piano Competition (3rd prize), 2019 American International Piano Competition (semifinalist), 2019 Concours International Piano Campus (bronze medal), 2017 Young Artists Concert Series of Sarasota National Competition (fourth prize), 2013 Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition (second prize), the 2011 Schimmel USASU International Piano Competition (bronze medal), 2011 New Orleans International Piano Competition (semifinalist), 2010 New York International Piano Competition (finalist), and 2010 Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition (second place in senior division national finals).
Beyond music, her biology research has been published in the journals Frontiers in Microbiology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and has also been reviewed in PNAS "Front Matter." In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, and learning to play the organ and harpsichord.