Yuna Noh is a 14-year-old freshman at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California. Yuna has been studying the piano since she was six, currently under the tutelage of Yoojung Chung. She began her violin studies at the age of six and is currently studying with Mi Park. Her musical talents and passion were revealed when she sang while playing the piano without formal training.
As a pianist, she was a gold medalist at the AADGT (The American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented) International Young Musicians Festival 2020 and performed at the winner’s concert at Carnegie Hall in 2022. She also won 1st place at American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2021 and performed at the winner’s concert at Carnegie Hall in 2022. She won 1st place at Opus Music State Competition 2021-22 and 2nd place at Opus Music National Competition in 2021-22. She has won numerous other awards, such as 1st place at MTAC Orange County Concerto Competition in 2021, 1st place at Satori Summer Music Festival in 2020 and 2022, and Judges’ Distinction Award in 2020 SSMF Grand Prize Competition. She was recently awarded Honorable Mention in Spotlight International Competition 2022 as a finalist, and she was a semi-finalist at Seattle International Piano Competition 2022.
As a violinist, Yuna has played 1st violin in several orchestras and ensembles, including Irvine Honor Orchestra (serving as a concertmaster in 2022), Prelude String Chambers (serving as a concertmaster in 2017), Community Youth Orchestra in Irvine, Prelude String Orchestra, and CTS Ensemble. She won 2nd place at Opus Music State Competition in 2021-22, and 1st place at Satori Summer Music Festival in 2021 and 2nd place at Southwestern Youth Music Festival in 2020. She has recently participated in a masterclass with Dr. Kate Jinhee Kim at California Baptist University.
When not playing her instruments, she enjoys drawing digital illustrations, gardening, and doing Taekwondo.
You can find Yuna’s 2022 Contemporary Music Competition piano performance here.