Alice Yoo

Cellist Alice Yoo has warmly been hailed for her sensitive musicianship, expressive nuance, and passionate commitment to chamber music and teaching.


Yoo is the Co-founder and Co-Artistic director of the Denver Chamber Music Festival, a new destination for world class chamber music in Colorado. Yoo regularly participates in chamber music festivals, including Marlboro/Musicians from Marlboro Tours, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Olympic, and Moab Music Festivals.  Yoo has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian, Midori Goto, Miriam Fried, Jonathan Biss, and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Takács, and Juilliard Quartets.


Passionate for new music, she has worked closely with esteemed composers Sophia Gubaidulina, Jennifer Hidgon, Andy Akiho, Paul Wiankco, Samuel Carl Adams, and John Harbison. Yoo has garnered top prizes at the Holland-America Music Society, Schadt, and Klein International String Competitions. Solo appearances with orchestras include the Cleveland Philharmonic,New York Classical Players, Bozeman Symphony, and other North American Orchestras. Yoo regularly performs with the New York Classical Players, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, and Grammy-nominated ensembles A Far Cry,The Knights, and Metropolis Ensemble.


Yoo currently teaches at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, regularly serves on the cello faculty at the Green Mountain Chamber Festival and Boulder Cello Festival, and was the featured guest artist at the Intermountain Suzuki Institute. She previously served as cello faculty at Bard Conservatory’s preparatory division and CU-Boulder College of Music.


Yoo holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and USC's Thornton School of Music. She was a member of Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and the NYC Department of Education. She resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband, cellist Matthew Zalkind, and plays on a cello made for her in 2018 by Ryan Soltis.