DMA Candidate, in Piano Performance, Boston University; AD, The Colburn School Conservatory of Music; MM, Yale University School of Music; BM, Seoul National University in Korea.
Pianist HwaYoung An was born in Seoul, South Korea, and began her piano studies at the age of four. Now residing in Boston, HwaYoung is an active performer, teacher, accompanist, and collaborator.
As a soloist, she won second prize, and the audience prize as well, at San Jose International Piano Competition in 2017. In the previous year, she performed Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concert with Boston University Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the soloist competition, which was followed by receiving the 1st prize from Boston University Richmond Piano Competition. In 2014, she performed a solo debut recital in Seoul, Korea at Kumho Art Hall as a winner of the Kumho Foundation Young Artist Series Audition. She has participated and won prizes in numerous competitions as a soloist and a chamber musician in South Korea, Spain, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the USA. In 2013, she was a finalist of the 32nd Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition in Madrid, Spain. In 2015, she was invited to participate in “The Pianofest in the Hamptons” in East Hampton, New York, and performed her solos in various venues around the Hampton area.
HwaYoung received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University, and then moved to the United States to continue her music studies. She earned her Master of Music degree from Yale University School of Music and her Artist Diploma from The Colburn School. Her previous teachers are Peter Frankl, Ory Shihor and Kwi-Hyun Kim. Currently she is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate will full scholarships at Boston University under Prof. Pavel Nersessian.
In addition to her performing and music studies, she is an experienced teacher and a collaborative pianist. She’s taught piano for children as a fellowship teacher and worked with students of all ages privately since 2005. She’s collaborated with other instrumentalists with graduate assistantships at all of the schools she has attended, and worked with pop singers as an accompanist of the YOUNGARTS Los Angeles Production Team.
As an instructor, her priority is to respect what each student wants, and helps them to enjoy music while building their classical pianistic skills. For beginners or students who has no preference with method books, HwaYoung mostly uses Piano Adventures by Faber for young students, and Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course for adults. Of course she appreciates her students’ educational backgrounds, so she’ll consult with you about method books and repertoire should you have prior experience. HwaYoung enjoys helping all of her students choose the best repertoire for their level while exploring various styles of music from numerous composers.