Lauren Yoon was in third grade when she won a violin in a music shop.
“I didn't know much about the violin,” remembered Yoon. “It was such a nice instrument. I asked them to play it for me. He played so much sound. ”
Now 13, the eighth grader at Hammond Middle School has received a commendation for its own touch with the sharp instrument.
In January, she was nominated as the winner of the Columbia Orchestra's 2019 Young Artists Competition, giving her the opportunity to perform with the group at the spring concert.
She is now in the final of the Fairfax County orchestra competition, where she will compete in June.
“She is also a very hard worker,” said Ronald Mutchnik, her violin teacher, who is also a director of Odysessy Concert Concert Howard. “She takes her fish like water. She raises the challenge. ”
If she was to get into technique, Yoon admits that she is “good to handle her vibration” and has good flexibility in her hand. It keeps it simple, I believe hard work and musical joy from its success.
“I practice every day,” said Yoon. “If I practice, it's easy for me.”
While a musician must first learn a piece by going over all musical measurements, the musician must be comfortable with the piece, Mutchnik said.
“You want many opportunities to do it,” said Mutchnik. “Once you get some demonstrations about your belt, you've made all the nerves and I'm confident.” T
The Yoon competition, “Tzigane” by Maurice Ravel, was very busy during the year.
“For the young artists' competition, she played a very difficult piece,” said Mutchnik. “She won.”
“I like to challenge myself,” said Yoon. “I'm not nervous.”
As a young child, Yoon suffered a large pneumonia case which required surgery and resulted in his left lung damage, his mother, Julie Yoon, said. This did not prevent her daughter becoming a competitive swimmer, qualifying for the Junior Olympics in the back row.
“Even with one lung not working (properly), she did it,” Julie said. “She still feels she can do it. She wants to win. It also helps the violin. ”
With only so many hours a day, Yoon chose his violin over a swim. After school, she practice and does homework. For the future, she is interested in graphic design and possible career in music.
“I like to put my mind into the world of art,” Yoon said.
Music is part of family life, as her mother plays piano and her brother plays the viola.
“If you feel lonely, music can be friendly,” Yoon said. “You don't need to use great music to enjoy it.”
Mutchnik cannot predict where Yoon's musical career will go, although he intends to continue to challenge her on the way.
“Getting into it is a difficult job,” said Mutchnik. “It is the responsibility and duty of every teacher to install a love of music. I encourage them to keep it going no matter where it takes them. ”
Yoon knows that music will always be important in their lives.
“Whenever I am stressed about anything, I go to music,” Yoon said. “I think it's important. I feel happy and cheap. ”