Born in 1999, South Korean violinist Jaewon Wee made her debut recital at the Kumho Art Center at age 11, and her solo debut with the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major at the same age.
Jaewon recently won the Third Prize and received Igor Ulitsky (Moscow, 2019) violin as a prize at the Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition. In May 2021, she also won the Second Prize and the Special iPalpiti Prize at the George Enescu International Competition 2020-21 in Bucharest where she performed Brahms' Violin Concerto with "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra at the Romanian Athenaeum, a capital's landmark since 1888. As a winner of the Violin Concerto Competition at Juilliard School, she performed Prokofiev's second violin concerto at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall. Jaewon was awarded Grand Prix and first prizes in both national and international competitions, including the Juilliard Concerto Competition, KBS·KEPCO Music Competition, the Journal of Music Europe Debut Concours, the Great Mountains International Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Ishikawa International Music Award, and many others. She also won top prizes at international competitions such as George Enescu International Competition 2020-21, Menuhin International Violin Competition 2014, Tchaikovsky International Competition for young musicians, and Kloster Schöntal International Competition.
She has appeared with world-renowned orchestras as a soloist, including New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Bashkortostan, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Palermo Festival Symphony Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Seong-Nam Philharmonic Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others.
Graduate of the Juilliard's Master of Music Degree program under the tutelage of Ronald Copes, Jaewon continues in a graduate diploma program on the Dean's scholarship (full scholarship) at the New England Conservatory, studying under Donald Weilerstein. She received her bachelor's degree from Korea National University of Arts, where she studied with Nam Yun Kim, Koichiro Harada, and Takashi Shimizu, and graduated with the president's and highest performance awards. She attended Aspen Music Festival (as a violin fellowship), Ishikawa International Music Academy, Great Mountains International Music Festival, Busan International Music Festival, and Friends International Violin Academy where she had masterclasses with many great musicians such as Midori Goto, Stefan Jackiw, Pinchas Zukerman, Dong-Suk Kang, Mihaela Martin, and Sylvia Rosenberg.
Jaewon was invited as a soloist at the Palermo Classica Festival 2021 and the ipalpiti International Music Festival 2021, where she performed Mendelssohn’s E minor Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d'un lieu cher Op. 42 with the Festival Symphony Orchestra and was featured at numerous solo recitals and chamber concerts.
She plays on a 1784 Lorenzo Storioni violin, on a generous loan from the SooYoung Art Trade in South Korea.