The renowned novelist Pearl S. Buck exhibited a sharp eye for talent and played a significant role in Joyce Noh's career when the popular writer invited the young violinist to come to the United States from her native Seoul, South Korea, to further her music studies under a full scholarship.
Joyce started playing the violin at the age of 5, and she went on to win a host of competitions throughout Seoul. Her first teacher was her mother, a member of the Seoul Philharmonic. After arriving in the United States under the auspices of the humanitarian writer, Joyce began studies at the New School of Music in Philadelphia with Jascha Brodsky. She spent a year at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, and from there went to the Juilliard School in New York City, where she became a student of Ivan Galamian. In addition, she studied chamber music repertory with Felix Galimir and Robert Mann. Joyce was a member of the Baltimore Symphony for two years before she was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Sir Georg Solti in 1979. She was the first Asian woman to be hired into the CSO.
In addition to television and radio broadcasts, Joyce has appeared as a soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra on many occasions. She has also performed in numerous recitals and chamber music concerts in the Chicago area, including WFMT live concerts and performances at Northwestern University.
In recent years, she has been an active recitalist in addition to making regular appearances with various CSO chamber music groups around the Chicago area. She also devotes her time to teaching and mentoring promising young violinists.