B i o g r a p h y

Described as a cellist with “an absolute mastery of technique” with “a sensitive and expressive musicianship” (Blue Mountains Gazette), Waynne Kwon has established himself as one of the outstanding cellists of his generation.

Having won numerous prestigious awards and competitions such as the Hattori Music Foundation, Muriel Taylor Cello Scholarship from the London Festival Orchestra, Australian Young Performers Award, Bromsgrove International Music Competition and Raphael Sommer Cello Scholarship, Waynne has gone on to perform concertos with leading orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, Blackburn Symphony Orchestra, Penrith Symphony Orchestra and Concertante Ensemble under the baton of conductors such as Simone Young, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Richard Howard and Sarah Penicka-Smith. He has performed in prestigious venues around the world such as the Sydney Opera House, Angel Place City Recital Hall, Seoul Arts Centre, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Verbrugghen Hall and St.John Smith’s Square.

Waynne has been invited to numerous festivals and Masterclass courses such as the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in LA, IMS Prussia Cove, European Chamber Music Association Masterclasses, Qingdao Cello Festival and the Kronberg Cello Festival.

Along with his solo career, Waynne is a keen chamber musician where he performs regularly with duo partner pianist Victor Lim. As winners of the Tunnell Trust Music Awards Scheme, they will both have a tour of Scotland in December 2021 and 2022. He was also a founding member of the Louko Piano Trio who went on to win all the chamber music prizes at the RNCM, along with the Manchester Mid-day Concert Series and Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Chamber Music Competition.

Waynne has also performed as an orchestral musician under the baton of Juanjo Mena, John Wilson and Simone Young and was on the Professional Engagements Scheme with the BBC Philharmonic. He is also currently a member of Sinfonia Cymru.

Waynne is currently studying with Hannah Roberts at the RNCM on the PGDipAS (Performance) course. He also received his Bachelor of Music (Honours) First Class and Master of Music (distinction) at the RNCM with Hannah. During his time at the RNCM, Waynne was awarded the Sir John Barbirolli Cello Prize, RNCM Concerto Competition, Leonard Rose Award for the best final recital and the RNCM Gold Medal – the college’s most prestigious award. He is extremely thankful for the support of the Haworth Trust, the John Hosier & Biddy Baxter Scholarship, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musician’s UK, Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, Australian Music Foundation and the Tait Memorial Trust.

Waynne currently performs on a cello made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1694, generously on loan from the RNCM