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Jin Ah Kwon
Praised by Fanfare magazine as “a pianist with extraordinary pianism and artistry by any measure or standard”, Dr. Kwon has performed concerts in recitals and symphonic programs internationally, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Seoul Art Center in South Korea, Murchison Performing Arts Center in Texas, and Tambov Grand Concert Hall in Russia.
Dr. Kwon’s solo debut album “Music by Chopin & Liszt” includes short pieces by the two renowned composers and is sponsored by the Texas Chopin Society. This solo album was released by Centaur Recording in Spring in 2021. She has received critical acclaim from classical music magazines including the Eumak Jurnal and Fanfare Magazine, as well as major newspapers including YTN and KTN. Dr. Kwon looks forward to her second solo album in 2022 with the Sheva collection in the UK.
As a lecture, currently, she works at Tarrant College as a music faculty and music director for the Milal Orchestra. She also served as a music faculty at Dallas College, teaching music to college students. She is a piano teacher who runs her own studio, teaching hosts of talented students who have won many national and international competitions. Many of her students went on to international and national music schools including Yonsei University, Sangmyung University, Yewon School, Sun-hwa Art Middle and High School, Gyewon Art High School, and the University of Texas, Arlington’s master degree program.
As a jury member and guest artist, Dr.Kwon participates in music auditions for her community. She was invited to audition for a scholarship at the University of Texas at Arlington and took part in student scholarship processes. She also advised prominent college students sponsored by the Arlington Arts League. In addition, she was invited to a student music contest sponsored by the Corpus Christi Teachers’ Association to judge outstanding music students in the Texas area.
Committed to bringing an inspiring concert program and classical music experience to a broader audience, she founded and now directs the Milal Orchestra and Milal Chamber ensemble, which provide musical opportunities to differently-abled individuals in Texas, New York City, Los Angeles.
Her musical projects are diverse and broad-ranging. Mostly recently: The 2021 Virtual Texas Flute Festival, 2021 Dallas Library Music Composition Workshop Concert, 2020-2021 concert season sponsored by Texas Chopin Society, and is soon planning to participate in the concert series-Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas Alumni Chapter 2021-2022 and a recital at St Matthew’s Lutheran Church 2021 Fall.
As a soloist, she won several international competitions, including First Prize in International Competition of Romantic Music 2020 sponsored by America Protégé, First Prize in the 27th Fryderyk Chopin International Competition in Texas in the USA in 2019; First Prize in the 2017 IMKA Music International Competition at Sarajevo, Bosnia; Special prize at the 2017 International Cochran Piano Competition.
Dr. Kwon received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Seoul National University under Professor Kwi-Hyun Kim, a scholar, teacher, pianist, and pupil of György Sándor, who served as the dean of the keyboard department at Seoul National University.
Kwon started her pianist career when she was an undergraduate student. She was invited by the Russia Tambov Symphonic Orchestra to perform Grieg Piano Concerto op.16 with renowned musicians. After a successful debut, she performed a solo recital in BuAm Art hall and participated in a concert series in E-won Culture Center, South Korea. Before she graduated from Seoul National University, she participated in the concert series ‘Liszt’s 200-birthday Celebration Concert’ sponsored by the Korean Piano Society with famed music professors in South Korea. She was also invited to perform her solo recital in BuAm Art Hall. At that time, she met a professor, Gustavo Romero from University of North Texas and he invited and recruited her.
Jin Ah Kwon received her PhD in music from the University of North Texas at Denton this summer. In Denton 2017, she performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.1 with UNT Concert Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the concerto competition at Murchison Performing Arts Center, the top art hall in the nation, while studying for her doctoral degree. She was also invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as a contest winner and received much acclaim.
Her dissertation ‘Franz Liszt as Transcriber and Editor: a Historical Overview and Analytical Study of his Three Versions of Franz Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, D.760 is about a rare edition of Franz Liszt, and she continues to research and apply the project to her next solo. She will be recording a CD album based on this project with Timothy Jackson, her co-professor and a distinguished research professor of UNT.
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