Min Kwon

In her third decade of teaching and performing, Dr. Min Kwon is in demand around the world as a dynamic teacher. Her studio has produced an international body of pianists from 23 countries who are competition winners, active performers, founders and directors of festivals and competitions, and university teachers. In addition to numerous master classes in the US, Dr. Kwon has taught in Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Having trained in piano, violin, and cello, Kwon made her debut at age 12 as piano soloist with the Korean Symphony (Mendelssohn No. 1) and the Seoul Philharmonic (Saint Saëns No. 2). At age 14 she entered the Curtis Institute of Music, and shortly after made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Prokofiev No. 3). Since then she has performed over 25 concertos in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, under James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Xian Zhang, and Gerhardt Zimmerman, among others. Her many solo and chamber music appearances include critically-acclaimed, sold-out recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and in Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Madrid, Copenhagen, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.

A versatile artist and veteran chamber musician, Kwon has extensive repertoire from Baroque to living composers, including numerous duo sonatas, trios, quartets and quintets. She has collaborated with Fred Hersch, Warren Jones, Cho-Liang Lin, Robert McDuffie, Jason Moran, Paul Neubauer, Arnold Steinhardt, and members of the Attaca, Guarneri, Harlem, Orpheus, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence quartets, as well as principals of major orchestras worldwide. With violinist Yoon Kwon, she has given over 200 performances, from IMF Conference in Davos, Switzerland, to Korea International Music Festival at Seoul Arts Center.

A winner of the Gina Bachauer International Award, Kwon holds a D.M.A. and M.M. from The Juilliard School, where she served on The Juilliard Council (the first alumnus to be invited to join). She is the Founder and Director of CME Center for Musical Excellence, a non-profit dedicated to mentoring and providing financial and professional opportunities to young artists.

For Rutgers, Kwon has directed and curated numerous concerts, including nine critically acclaimed piano galas at Weill Recital Hall. Under her tutelage, some 40 doctoral pianists have graduated. Kwon was also responsible for the orchestral debut of over 60 students of Rutgers, made possible through CME Vienna ConcertoFest.

A Steinway Artist, Kwon can be heard on RCA/BMG Red Seal and MSR Classics.

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