The Turkish violinist İdil Yunkuş started her education at the age of five with her father, Selahattin Yunkuş. The young musician’s first steps into her career took place at the Mersin University State Conservatory with Lily Tchumburidze. In 2017, she moved to Istanbul to study with Prof. Çiğdem İyicil. Afterward, Yunkuş moved to the Netherlands to first study with Ilya Grubert at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, then with Theodora Geraets at the Koninjlijk Conservatorium The Hague. She is now finishing her bachelor’s with Janet Krause.
Throughout the years, Yunkuş actively participated in the masterclasses of Cihat Aşkın, Anna Schnarch, Schlomo Mintz, Alexander Kagan, Mikhail Gotsdiner, Dora Schwarzberg, and Stephan Jackiw. Between the years 2014 and 2022, she became a member of DÇSO(Doğuş Children’s Symphony Orchestra and TUGFO(Turkish National Youth Philarmonic Orchestra), where she had the opportunity to lead as the concertmaster and grew a great passion for ensemble playing. Yunkuş recently got chosen to be the leader of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands in the Winter Tour 2023.
At a young age, she performed as a soloist with several national orchestras, such as Başkent Chamber Orchestra, Mersin University Youth Orchestra, KODA(Karşıyaka Chamber Orchestra), and CRR(Cemal Resit Rey Symphony Orchestra) with the works of Sarasate, Mendelssohn, and Vieuxtemps.
Since 2020, Yunkuş has been actively playing with Kali Quartet and Ensemble Orochi. As well as continuing to focus on chamber music, she aims to enrich her artistic vision by basing her master’s research on interdisciplinary arts.