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HwaYoung An

HwaYoung An

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Pianist HwaYoung An was born in Seoul, South Korea and began her piano studies at the age of four. As a soloist, she won the Grand Prix at 9th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria, and won second prize and the audience prize at the San Jose International Piano Competition in 2017. She recently got second prize and Audience Favorite Prize at the Seattle International Piano competition this year. Last year, she performed Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with Boston University Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the soloist competition which was followed by receiving first prize from Boston University Richmond Piano Competition. In 2014, she gave a solo debut recital in Boston and in Seoul, Korea at Kumho Art Hall as a winner of the Kumho Foundation Young Artist Series Audition. In 2013, she was a finalist of the 32nd Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition in Madrid, Spain. In 2015, she was invited to participate in “The Pianofest in the Hamptons” in East Hampton, New York, and performed her solos in various venues around the Hamptons area. Besides solo playing, as a dedicated chamber musician, HwaYoung formed a piano quartet named “Quartet Klang,” while at college in Korea, and gave recitals in Kumho Art Hall and various other halls at Seoul National University. For continuing her chamber playing, she has attended “Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School” and “Sarasota Music Festival”, where she was selected by faculty members to perform with her ensemble at Sarasota Opera House. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University, then moved to the United States to continue her music study. She received her Master of Music degree from Yale University School of Music and her Artist Diploma from The Colburn School. Her previous teachers are Peter Frankl, Ory Shihor and Kwi-Hyun Kim. Currently she is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate will full scholarships at Boston University under Prof. Pavel Nersessian.

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