Margaret B. Grigg Chair
Jooyeon Kong was born in Seoul, Korea, where she began playing the violin at the age of seven. She continued violin studies at the Yewon School, the Seoul High School for the Arts, and the preparatory division of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She earned her bachelor's degree in music performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where she studied with Kathleen Winkler, and her master's degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Peter Oundjian.
A member of the St. Louis Symphony since 2006, Jooyeon Kong has also been active as a chamber musician and performer of new music, and has performed on numerous occasions in the collaborative concert series presented by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the STL Symphony. Her festival appearances include Banff, Bellingham, Yellow Barn, and Academia de Santender in Spain. She has performed at notable music festivals throughout the United States and Europe including the Bellingham Festival of Music, Yellow Barn Festival, Banff Summer Arts Festival, and the Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander in Spain.