Sunday, March 5, 2017

Meehyun Ahn



SESSION II
Meehyun Ahn, Piano

_ TEACHING DATES
   July 29 - August 7, 2017
_ TEACHING LANGUAGES
   English, Russian, Korean



Korean Pianist, Meehyun Ahn studied at Seoul National University with Prof. Jin Woo Chung, Moscow State Conservatory with Prof. Sergei Dorensky, and International Piano Academy of Imola, Italy  with Prof. Lazar Berman. 

She had performed with various orchestras including Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Romania Philharmonic Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in Taichung, Taiwan and national orchestras in Korea such as KBS, Daejeon, Incheon, Daegu, Jeonju, Mokpo, and more. 

Meehyun Ahn had also numerous recitals abroad and domestic, including Wigmore Hall London, Rachmaninoff Hall Moscow, the Marmorsaal Salzburg, Teatro Raffaello Sanzio Urbino Italy, Castelvecchio Verona Italy, the Music Hall Vladivostok, Kumho Art Hall Seoul, Morse Recital Hall Yale University, Beall Hall USA, Smith Recital Hall USA and other concert halls in USA. 

Meehyun Ahn won at such competitions as the 1st Asian Youth Music Competition in Hong Kong 2002 (1st Honorable Prize), the 1st Leschetizky International Piano Competition in Taiwan 2000 (3rd Prize), the 14th Viotti-Valsesia International Music Competition in Italy 1998 (2nd Prize), the 11th Seoul Youth Chamber Music Competition in Seoul Korea 1998 (Gold Prize) and other national piano competitions held in Korea 1983 - 1988. 
She was awarded the KBS Artist of 2005, the 2004 Kumho Artist, the 2nd Woon-Pa Music Award(1991), the Best Music Award (1991) by Seoul Arts School. She was the solist of the Georgia National Chamber Orchestra (2000 - 2002) and of the Kharkov Phihamonic Orchestra (1996 - 1999). 

She was Adjunct Professor at the University of New Haven in 2006 - 2009 and was Research Associate at the School of Music in the Yale University in 2005 - 2007.
She is a Piano Professor at SungShin University in Seoul Korea since 2009.


CD RECORDINGS
"Scriabin Piano Concerto and Chopin Piano Concerto No.2" with the Moscow Orchestra conducted by Mikael Avetisyan
- produced by Russian Compact Disc (RCD) and manufactured by Sony DADC, Austria 1996
"Piano Solo Works" - Frederik van Rossum 'In Memoriam Glenn Gould', Prokofiev Sonata No.3, Scriabin Sonata No.10, Chopin Scherzo No.2 and five others
- produced by KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) and manufacturesby Synnara Music Co., Korea 2000


PRESS REVIEW
"Harold Schonberg was quite taken with Meehyun Ahn on RCD (Russian Compact Disc), calling it as good a performance as any on records." (Commenting on Scriabin Piano Concerto in 'the Review:Russian Music beyond Tchaikovsky')
American Record Guide, Cincinnati, US(March/April 2004)

"She began with three Op. 32 Preludes and one's ear was immediately captured by the loveliness of sound though in other respects too these were mysterious, satisfying, virtually perfect. Five of the six Moments Musical Op.19 spoke of an earlier, more overtly virtuosic, composer yet however brilliant was the exploitation of the keyboard in Nos. 4 and 6 this playing, though powerful, was always sensitively directed.

Miss Ahn made the most of its vivid moments of tonal, harmonic and melodic ambivalence. The Rachmaninoff returned for a beautifully balanced account of the D major Prelude Op.23, the Elégie Op.3, which had the controlled simplicity which can lead, as in this case, to the best sort of magnificence, and to a pair of well contrasted etudes-tableaux. Like the other Rachmaninoff pieces, these showed that Miss Ahn has fully mastered the modern Russian way of playing this composer.
Musical Opinion, Max Harrison, London, UK(November-December 2009)

"Meehyun Ahn should be rated as an extremely prominent pianist, drawing deep and thick lines, coupled with a refined touch and superb technique...."
The Piano Music, Seoul, Korea(March 2003)

"Meehyun Ahn's playing demonstrated a lively and vigorous rhythm, and confident and ingenious technique. Her fascinating performance captivated the audience with a deep impression and joy."
The Piano Music, Seoul, Korea(March 2002)

"...A leading pianist of her generation with skilled orthodoxy and artistic excellence in the new millennium and on world stages."
KBS-FM Series, Seoul, Korea(January 2000)

"Meehyun Ahn excels on the side of mastership and virtuosity. Overall she demonstrated the audacity of her power and of her wit."
La Libre Belgique, Brussels, Belgium(May 4, 1999)

"Meehyun Ahn possesses a very beautiful sound with a delicate observation of phrasing."
Classical Piano Assembly, Moscow, Russia(August 1996)






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