Pianist Juyeon Kang, a Steinway artist and educator, has brought the perfect blend of exquisite sound and formidable techniques to her audiences in four continents, including the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil, Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and South Korea. Her 2013-2014 concert season highlights a debut recital at Carnegie Weill Hall in New York City.
She launched a performance career that included her debut solo recital in Boston’s Jordan Hall after winning two first prizes: the Heida Hermann’s Young Artists Competition and the Josef Hofmann Piano Competition. The latter led to an invitation to perform at the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C., where she presented the Chopin Commemorative Piano Concert on the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death. Her prize-winning performance at the Jeuness Musical de Corée Debut Series audition gave her an opportunity to give a solo debut recital that was broadcast on national television in Korea, and as a winner of the Young Promising Artists Series audition, Ms. Kang was invited to give a recital at the prestigious Seoul Arts Center. In addition, she also was awarded top prizes from the San Antonio International Competition in Texas, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York City, the IBLA International Piano Competition in Italy, and the Musica de Pianoforte Piano Competition in Korea.
Ms. Kang has also appeared as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras including the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Hingham Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, and Korean Symphony Orchestra, and her performances have been aired on television in Korea and on National Public Radio in New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Iowa, Georgia, and South Carolina. In 2007 her debut recording of “Joyful Noise” was released from Fleur de Sons Classics, Ltd. to great critical acclaim, and she was selected for the Northwest Iowa Review’s "Top 20 Under 40 Honor” in 2008 for recognition of her outstanding contributions to the community. Her second CD, “Joyful Dances,” will be released in October 2013.
In demand as a teacher and adjudicator, Kang has taught in summers at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and has been a guest faculty at various international institutions, including Sao Paulo University in Brazil, National University of Costa Rica, Brandon University in Canada, Beijing Central Conservatory in China, Tunghai University in Taiwan, and UCSI University in Malaysia, in addition to many institutions in the United States. She has adjudicated numerous competitions including the 1st Thailand International Mozart Competition in Bangkok, Iowa International Piano Competition, Lee University Competition in Tennessee, South Dakota and Nebraska Music Teachers Association Piano Competitions and Festivals, and the Genevieve Truran Piano Competition in South Dakota.
She earned doctoral and master’s degrees in piano performance and literature, as well as a master’s degree in pedagogy of music theory at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where she was awarded a distinguished performer’s certificate. Kang received her Bachelor in Music degree from Seoul National University and also the prestigious Artist Diploma in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she was on the faculty in the college division. Her main teachers include Roswitha Heintze, Natalya Antonova, Wha Kyung Byun, and Kwi Hyun Kim, and she also has taken part in numerous master classes by notable pianists Paul Badura-Skoda, Andrzej Jasinski, John Perry, Russell Sherman, Oxana Yablonskaya, Malcolm Bilson, Vitaly Margulis, Fernando Laires, and Boris Berman.
Currently, Dr. Kang is an Associate Professor of Music at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. During the 2010-2011 academic year she spent a year in Vienna, Austria, working on her sabbatical leave research project of “Viennese Culture and Its Music” by affiliating with the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.