Winner of the Prague Spring International Music Competition 2019
The concert of the flautist Chaeyeon You (*2001) will offer a varied programme, ranging from the Baroque to contemporary music. A freshly honoured laureate of the Prague Spring International Music Competition, she will present herself both as a soloist and in a chamber ensemble alongside previous laureates of the competition – the harpsichordist Monika Knoblochová, the clarinettist Anna Paulová, and the pianist Adam Skoumal.
When she took up the gauntlet in Prague in May 2019, it was her very first visit to the Czech Republic. Even so, she had heard of the Prague Spring competition long before – she claims that it enjoys great popularity in South Korea, as does Czech music. Her phenomenal performance was a remarkable feat considering that, at the age of 18, she was the second youngest candidate in the whole competition. Her achievement is all the more remarkable for the fact that she only started playing the flute when she was 10, so it took her just eight years to rise to the level of the world’s best players of her generation. This development was aided both by her very thorough musical education at the National University of Arts in Seoul and by her experience from working with a professional orchestra – she has performed as a soloist with the KBS Symphony Orchestra, which is considered the best orchestra in the country (it made a guest appearance at the Firkušný Festival in Prague in 2018).