Assistant Professor of Piano
Pianist, Soohyun Yun, born in Korea, has explored solo and chamber music from baroque to contemporary and performed in venues throughout Germany, Korea and the US. New York Concert Review said "Yun unleashed much passion and color along the way.." at her solo debut recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, NY in 2008. Again, Yun was invited to perform at the same hall in April, 2009 upon her winning First Prize of 2009 American Protégé International Piano Competition. Her numerous awards include Pro-Mozart Scholarship Competition Award, Artists International’s Special Presentation Award, 21st Century Piano Commission Award, NY Dorothy MacKenzie Award and prizes of Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. Yun's enthusiasm for contemporary music brought her to perform a piano solo, Cloches d’adieu, et un sourire... in memoriam Olivier Messiaen by Tristan Murail, who was a pupil of Messiaen, at the composer's presence at Krannert Center in Illinois in 2002. Yun received DMA and MM in Piano Performance under Professor Ian Hobson and MM in Piano Pedagogy under Professor Reid Alexander from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and BM in Piano Performance under Myung-Won Shin from Yonsei University, Korea. Yun extended her summer studies at Mannes School, NY and at Hochschule "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy," in Leipzig, Germany. As an educator, clinician and adjudicator, Yun has been actively involved in local MTNA chapters while she has taught in venues. Previously, she taught at University of Idaho at Moscow, Millikin University in Decatur, IL, coordinated Piano Laboratory Program in University of Illinois. Since 2010, Yun serves as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Kennesaw State University where she teaches applied lessons, piano literature, piano pedagogy, small chamber groups and accompanying classes, oversees class piano and coordinates the piano area.
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