Korean Piano Open
SeoulSouth Korea
September 1-5, 2020


Hyoung-Joon Chang

Since his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of sixteen, Korean born pianist, Hyoung-Joon Chang has worked with eminent conductors including Walter Hendl, Tadaaki Otaka, Thomas Sanderling, Paul Freeman and Ian Hobson. Chang has collaborated with world-renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic at the Barbican Centre, the Tokyo Philharmonic at the Tokyo Culture Center, the Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Czech National Symphony, Sinfonia Da Camera, the Osaka Symphony at the Osaka Symphony Hall, the Victoria Symphony, and the Chautauqua Symphony during its summer music festival. Chang was the soloist for the Korean premiere of “Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra” by Vaughn Williams and the “Rainy Day for the Piano and the Orchestra” by Kang-Yul Lee, the latter winning the Art Award of the Year in Korea. In addition, Chang has given acclaimed solo recitals on international stages in Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Korea.

Hae Won Chang

Hae-Won Chang obtained B.A. and M.A. at the College of Music, Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea and continued her music studies at the Frankfurt State Musikhochschule. She was the first Korean to be awarded the Konzertexamen Diplom in Germany. Since 1968 she has enjoyed a busy career as a pedagogue and performer for recitals, concerts with orchestras, and recordings in Korea and other countries in Asia, America and Europe.

Nikita Fitenko

Internationally acclaimed pianist and Yamaha Artist Nikita Fitenko has performed recitals and with orchestras in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, and South and North America. He has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as St. Petersburg Capella Symphony, Russian Cham-ber Philharmonic, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow, St. Petersburg State Conservato-ry Orchestra, State Hermitage Orchestra, Slovak National Philharmonic, Corvallis Symphony Orchestra, Lewisville Symphony, Rapides Symphony, and Northwestern Symphony Orchestra among others.

Youngho Kim

Pianist Youngho Kim earned both his BA and MA degrees from the Juilliard school in New York. Later he received Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a recipient of Elva van Gelder scholarship. His teachers include Byron Janis, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Herbert Stessin and Solomon Mikowsky.

Hae-Young Kim

Professor Hae-Young Kim is a graduate of Kyunggi Girl's High School (Korea), Seoul National University (Korea), Musik Hochschule fur Musik (Vienna, Austria), Musikwissenschaft and Musikalische Frueh-erziehung (Germany). She has performed in Korea, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, the US and Finland as a solo pianist, chamber music player and a soloist with national and international philharmonic orchestras. Every summer she presents lectures and master classes as well as serves on the jury of the piano competition in the Forum Barcelona Festival (Barcelona, Spain). Prof. Kim is a champion of contemporary music and has premiered numerous 20th century works including pieces of Jeno Takas, Jukka Linkola, and Edmon Tapio in Korea and other countries. Her most recent performances include "Apollo" by Jukka Linkolla at the Contemporary Music Festrival in Terrassa (Spain), Sonata for 2 pianos & percussion by Bartok, and a lecture recital of Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango" for cello and piano.