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Dr. Soohyun Yun
Pianist, Soohyun Yun, born in Korea, has explored solo and chamber music from baroque to contemporary and performed in venues throughout Asia, Europe, and the US. Recently, she won first prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and was invited to perform at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York in 2016. It was her third performance at the same hall; her first performance was after winning the Artist International’s Special Presentation Award in 2008, and her second performance was after winning first prize in the American Protégé International Competition in 2009. In addition, she was awarded the Most Distinguished Musician Award and the Kapustin Award at the 2016 IBLA International Music Competition in Italy.
Yun has collaborated with various renowned artists including members of the Atlanta Symphony in small- and large-ensemble settings. She has performed vocal, instrumental, and choir accompanying, as well as chamber music in venues such as the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, and Youth Opera Preparation and Education. In addition, Yun is a founding member of piano ensemble, the Pianissimo, whose active membership has expanded to include more than 100 pianists in Korea. Along with covering standard piano concert repertoire, she has explored repertoire for the organ, harpsichord, and fortepiano, and she has performed in a variety of contemporary settings. In particular, her enthusiasm for contemporary music led her to play a solo, Cloches d’adieu, et un sourire. in memoriam Olivier Messiaen, by Tristan Murail, in the composer’s presence. Over the last several years, Yun has been invited to be a solo artist at venues that have included the Summer Season of Music of Nations in Rome, Italy; the Montpelier Art Center Recital Series in Maryland; McCall’s Free Community Recital Series in Idaho; and the Jewish Educational Alliance Speakers Series in Savannah, GA. She also has performed solo and chamber programs in such prestigious halls as Gewandhaus Concert Hall in Leipzig Germany; Kumho Art Hall and Young San Art Hall in Seoul, Korea; Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York; and Spivey Hall in GA.
As an active presenter, clinician, writer, and adjudicator, Yun has participated in local, state, national, and international venues, including the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia; Korean piano pedagogy conferences; and MTNA national conferences. Yun contributed an article to the 2011 5th edition of the Piano Repertoire Guide: Intermediate and Advanced Literature (Stipes) on contemporary composer Benjamin Lees; she also served as an external reader and as a member of the translation team for the forthcoming Korean edition. She is excited to have been invited to join the author team that will be preparing the forthcoming 6th edition.
Yun continues to work closely with local community and outreaching professional organizations in various capacities. As chair of the Georgia Music Teachers Association’s (GMTA) collegiate chapters, she inaugurated the GMTA’s First Collegiate Colloquium in 2015 and continued the event as a pedagogy track at the GMTA State conference in 2016. She is a founding co-chair and hosted the Robert Geer Jr. Memorial High School Piano Scholarship Competition for the last 2 years. She also served as vice president of the Atlanta Steinway Society, program chair of the Cobb County MTA, and chair of the MTNA Composition Competition in GA State.
In 2015, Yun participated in the filming of an interview conducted by Dan Rodowicz, channel manager of the Institutional Solutions Group, Keyboard Division, of Yamaha Corporation of America at the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy. She was one of seven piano pedagogues in the country selected to be interviewed about our experiences with Yamaha keyboard instruments. Her interview will be broadcast on Yamaha’s website as part of a promotional campaign by the company.
Yun received DMA and MM in Piano Performance under Ian Hobson and MM in Piano Pedagogy under Reid Alexander from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and BM from Yonsei University, Korea. Yun extended her summer studies at International Keyboard Festival and Institution, NY, Piano Texas International Academy and Festival, and at Hochschule “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany. She has been coached by world-renowned artists including Olga Kern, Pascal Rogé and Joaquin Achucarro. Yun has taught at Kennesaw State University in GA, University of Idaho at Moscow, Millikin University, and coordinated Piano Laboratory Program at University of Illinois. Currently, she teaches piano related courses at Radford University in Virginia.