Elaine Kwon: Music Bio

 

 

CONCERT PIANIST

EDUCATION:

DMA, Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance, Boston University
MM, Master of Music in piano performance, highest honors and Distinction in Performance Award, New England Conservatory of Music
BM, Bachelor of Music in piano performance, highest honors and Academic All-American Award, University of Texas at Austin

Prize-winning pianist Elaine Kwon made her orchestral debut with the Washington-Idaho Symphony at age 15 and has performed solo, concerto, and chamber music concerts throughout the US and internationally. She received standing ovations at her sold-out Carnegie Hall benefit concerts for Best Buddies New York (2008-2016), as well as her solo concerto performances with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta, Finger Lakes Symphony, New York Chamber Virtuosi, Union Symphony, and National Festival Symphony. She was a Visiting Professor of Piano at the Conservatory of Music in Wuhan, People's Republic of China and performed duo piano concerts (with pianist Sandra Hebert) and taught master classes at the music conservatories in Wuhan, Chengdu and Tianjin. She has been an active chamber musician with OCTET, Forecast New Music Group, Light and Sound Water Trio, and Hebert/Kwon piano duo, among others. As collaborative musician, she has performed/composed/choreographed productions of piano music combined with other art forms. Performances in New York include presentations at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Rose Studio, Angel Orensanz Theater, Tenri Cultural Institute, ICO Gallery, Yamaha Piano Salon and the Knitting Factory. As a composer, she has written primarily solo piano works. She created an original score for the highly-acclaimed Shakespearean play, Corsetless, which premiered in Buffalo, NY, was showcased in Carnegie Hall, toured through Ireland in 2009 and is now being made into a feature film.

She has recorded on Artist's Choice Recording and Naxos labels. Her recording of Anton Rubinstein's Piano Concerto no. 4 with conductor Kerry Stratton and the Slovak Sinfonietta was released on the Artist's Choice Recordings label in January 2012. Her latest recording on Naxos with chamber ensemble OCTET, hit #1 on Amazon Hot New Releases in Classical Music, and was featured in iTunes New and Noteworthy.

Elaine received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University; a Master of Music from New England Conservatory with highest honors and the Distinction in Performance Award; and a Bachelor of Music from University of Texas in Austin with highest honors and the Academic All-American award. Former teachers include Anthony di Bonaventura, Leonard Shure, Danielle Martin and Jerome Lowenthal.

Elaine was Piano Mentor at the National Music Festival for two seasons, and has been on the music department faculty at MIT since 1999, where she teaches music theory and piano lab. She is co-founder/Artistic Director of the immersive, music pairing performance series, Savor Your Senses®, and creator of LifeChord,™ a lifestyle platform intertwining Passion, Health and Purpose to foster high performance living. Elaine traveled around the world for a year and a half before making her home in New York City, where she continues to explore ways to combine and communicate her passion for music, martial arts, creative education and optimal living.