The Washington Post declared Shirley Yoo a pianist with “extraordinary sensitivity and technical skill.” Highlights of performances include concerts at Steinway Hall, London; the Penderecki Festival, Banff; Tata Theatre, Mumbai; Societa Filarmonica, Trento; and Arts Centre, Seoul. Her honors include a top prize at the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, a Presser Foundation Award, and a Maryland State Arts Council Grant. Her primary teachers include Raymond Hanson, Ann Koscielny, Noretta Conci-Leech, and Ellen Mack.
Yoo graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and received her Master of Music degree on a fellowship with highest honors at the University of Maryland. After attending the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, she earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Conservatory. Shirley Yoo was Assistant Professor of Piano at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. where she served as the coordinator of the keyboard area and was also Artist-in-Residence as the pianist of the D’Angelo Trio. Currently, she is a faculty member at Peabody Conservatory.