One of the leading flutists of Korea, Youngji Song has performed intercontinentally throughout Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania. Her exhibition of prominent talent in technique and musicality started her early career, performing with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Korea since the age of 11.
Youngji graduated Juilliard Pre-College and continued to Juilliard School. She pursued her study at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, where she graduated with Premier Prix, then finished her professional study at Conservatoire de musique de Genève. She studied under Alan Cox, Julius Baker, Alain Marion, Christian Larde, and Maxence Larrieu.
Youngji has performed at Palazzo della Cancelleria, Paul Hall of Lincoln Center, New York CAMI Concert Hall, America Center in Paris, 100th anniversary of Korea-France relation, Festival Lichtung ‘98, Festival Musica Riva Incontro Internazionale di Giovani Musicisti Riva del Grada and more. In 1984, she performed at the Carnegie Hall with Julius Baker and Jean-Pierre Rampal.
As a frequent prize winner in Korea as well as internationally, Youngji reveled in success at several competitions, achieving a multitude of prestigious awards. She holds the first prizes at Great Neck Symphony’s Youth Musician’s Competition, New York Flute Club Competition, Concours Internationaux de Musique by U.F.A.M, Premio Valentino Bucchi International Competition in Rome, Concours National d’Execution Musicale de SWISS. In 1989, she was finalist at the 2nd Kobe International Flute Competition.
Youngji was a co-principal flutist of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra for 17 years, a member of Aulos Woodwind Quintet and Sejong Wind ensemble, as well as a professor at Seoul National University, Hanyang University, and Yeonsei University. After moving to New Zealand, she was an associate principal at Auckland Philha