The Guildhall School has announced Joon Yoon as the winner of this year’s gold medal, the school’s most prestigious prize for soloists.

Yoon’s winning performance was Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, accompanied by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and conducted by James Judd. Fellow finalists Ljubica Stojanovic and Dan-Iulian Druţac also performed concertos of their choice to an audience at the Barbican.

‘I am over the moon to have won the gold medal,’ said Joon Yoon. ‘The journey here has been amazing and I’m so happy. It was great playing with this orchestra with many of my friends in it and James Judd was such a welcoming conductor.’

The gold medal award was founded and endowed by Sir H Dixon Kimber in 1915. It is awarded to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years. Previous winners include Jacqueline du Pré, Patricia Rozario, Tasmin Little and Bryn Terfel.

Yoon has studied at the Julliard School and the Yale School of Music. He is currently studying with Ronan O’Hora on the Artist Diploma course at the Guildhall.