Pianist Yoo Sun Kang, a native of South Korea, currently is teaching applied piano and piano literature at Music Department, School of Arts, Chung-Ang University in South Korea.
She will perform Haydn’s B minor Sonata, Prokofiev’s Sarcasms, and Schumann’s First Piano Sonata.
Dr. Kang holds degrees in Piano Performance from Yonsei University at Seoul, South Korea, Indiana University at Bloomington, and the University of Cincinnati studying with internationally acclaimed pianists Myung-Won Shin, Edward Auer and James Tocco.
Dr. Kang has won several prizes and awards in South Korea and in the United States, including 2003 Korea Piano Duo Association Award, 2002 Korea Piano Society Competition Award (Outstanding Pianist of the Year), 2000 Kankakee Symphony Orchestra Competition Grace B. Small Award, 1997-2000 University of Cincinnati Graduate Scholarships, 1997 Pi Kappa Lambda, and 1990-1992 Yonsei Honor Award and Scholarships.
Dr. Kang has frequently presented performances to regional, national and international music organizations throughout the United States and South Korea, including Claflin University Guest Artist Concert, Clemson University Guest Artist Concert, Chung-Ang International Summer Festival, Seoul International Summer Music Festival, Jesu/ Hanla Music Festival, Texas Christian University/Cliburn Piano Institute, Cincinnati Grandin Music Festival, Cincinnati Contemporary New Music Festival, Seoul Festival for Artists, Hypsung Piano Ensemble Concert, Piano Ensemble Concert sponsored by Korea Music Education Newspaper, Youngsan Grace Hall “Friday Concert Series”, “Wednesday Concert Series” sponsored by Daejun City Government of South Korea etc.
As an active lecturer, Dr. Kang has been granted “Best Teaching Awards” for continuous years, from 2008 to 2013, at Chung-Ang University. She has recently presented a lecture recital, titled “Tradition and Innovation as exemplified in John Corigliano’s Fantasie on an Ostinato.” She has also been writing for the periodical journal The Piano in South Korea.
Since 2010, Dr. Kang has been a founding Music Director of Ensemble Galant which is designed to promote classical music. She frequently presents concerts and gives lectures with the ensemble group at the elementary, middle, and high schools as well. In addition to her active schedule as a soloist, collaborative artist, master-class clinician, and lecturer, she is a member of Piano Society of Korea, as well as a member of Board of Directors at the Korean Association of Piano Pedagogy.