Biography of Yu Djong Victorin:
The young Korean conductor Djong Victorin Yu studied composition at the University of Pennsylvania with George Crumb, Jay Reise, and George Rochberg. His conducting studies commenced with Roger Nierenberg in New York. Yu continued his studies for nine years with Vakhtang Jordania, a former protégé of Yevgeny Mravinsky, thereby continuing the great tradition of the "St. Petersburg School" of conducting. Djong Victorin Yu became the first south Korean conductor to perform in Eastern Europe prior to the "Velvet Revolution." In February of 1989, he conducted concerts in Budapest and Seoul in celebration of the diplomatic establishment between Hungary and Korea. His New Year’s Concerts at the Music Academy and at the Vigado in Budapest firmly established his name there. With the Hungarian Virtuosi, he undertook international tours in Asia and Europe to significant acclaim and, in 1991, took the Virtuosi to Japan where they made an 18-concert tour. Having first conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1993, Yu gave his London début at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia the following year. Since then, he has regularly conducted the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall, as well as in summer festivals in Chichester and Aldeburgh. More recently at the Royal Festival Hall, The Selfish Giant, a composition by Jay Reise dedicated to Djong Victorin Yu and the Philharmonia Orchestra, was given its world premiere by the dedicatees. Yu has made fourteen CD’s with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Bill Newman in CD Review wrote: "His Mussorgsky Pictures reminds me of the young Karajan of the 1950’s. . . stunning. . . marvellous." Reviewing Yu’s Saint-Saëns album, Marc Rochester of Gramophone wrote: "This is a recording which not only deserves repeated listening but positively demands it." In Tune’s Heuwell Tircuit commented on the "inspired performance of passionate subtlety second to none. . . Highest possible recommendation!" Hi-Fi News claimed: "Fabulous. .You can’t get better than this." Holst’s Planets CD, recently released, received an equally enthusiastic review in Gramophone Japan:: "For sheer effective concept, sensationally played, you will not come across a finer version." Yu’s composition, Tano, a Korean Rhapsody, received its world premiere in the United States and was given its European premiere at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1994 by Yu and the Philharmonia Orchestra with whom it has since been recorded and is awaiting release. An encore performance of Tano was made in 1997, again at the Royal Festival Hall. Yu’s other works include chamber music, numerous orchestral arrangements and Olympian March, written for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.