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Choong-Mo Kang

Piano Masters Series 2012-2013

Born in South Korea, pianist Choong-Mo Kang was the winner of the Dong-A Competition in Korea, the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition and the Louise D. McMahon Competition. Kang has won plaudits from critics around the world for his acclaimed performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Korea's leading orchestras. His poetic intensity and confident simplicity of talent captured audiences in his performances at Carnegie Weill Hall, The Sydney Opera House and Gewandhaus in Leipzig and in London and Oxford. His honorary performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Russia's revered pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva's death received noteworthy commendations. His recital in “Chopin Festival in Duszniki” in 2008 was received by an enthusiastic standing ovation. He also performs actively as duo pianists with his wife, Hae-Jeon Lee.

Few undertakings are as inspiring as pianist Choong-Mo Kang’s five-year endeavour to master and perform J.S Bach's entire works for the keyboard. His utter absorption in the task of musical expression and his novel interpretations of Bach’s compositions are invaluable contributions to classical music. His devotion is an emblem of uncompromising musical integrity and none would dispute such a designation. His recordings include Bach's Goldberg Variations, Inventions and Sinfonias and The Well-Tempered Clavier. The great pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher has claimed Kang's Goldberg Variations as "a quite spectacular performance. A notable addition to the Goldberg discography."

A graduate of Seoul National University, he received his Master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory and his Artist's Diploma from Peabody Conservatory. While pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Conservatory, he was appointed as a member of the Peabody piano faculty. In 1993, he returned to Korea in order to serve as an eminent faculty member of the Korea National University of Arts, where he has trained and cultivated young talented pianists who have won many international competitions. His students have been prizewinners in prominent competitions such as Queen Elisabeth in Belgium, Leeds, Gina Bachauer, Porto, Juenesses Musicales in Belgrade, Epinal, Shanghai, Hamamatsu and Dublin. It is noteworthy that Kang had three of his students among the six finalists in Hamamatsu Competition in 2009 and, again, three students among the 12 finalists in Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2010.

Kang has been invited to be on the jury for prestigious international competitions such as Chopin in Warsaw, Cleveland, Dublin, Shanghai, Sendai, Sydney, Bach Competition in Leipzig and many more. He has served as an artistic director of the Euro Music Festival and Academy in Leipzig, as well as a faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and the Ishikawa Music Festival in Japan. Kang is a full time faculty member at the Juilliard School and a visiting professor at Toho Gakuen School of Music and Showa University in Tokyo.

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