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Guest pianist Ahn to present recital at BPAC

By November 28, 2023Music

CLEVELAND, Miss. — The Delta State University Department of Music will present a guest artist recital by pianist Dr. Esther Jeehae Ahn on Friday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. Ahn will also present a master class for DSU piano students on Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. Both events will take place in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center and are free and open to the public.

Lauded by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her interpretive coherence and graceful realization, Ahn has captivated international audiences with her rare blend of musical brilliance, sensitivity, and emotional depth. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Shalin Liu Performance Center, and numerous other prestigious venues.

Dr. Jung-Won Shin, Professor of Music at DSU said, “Growing up in a vibrant musical community, Dr. Ahn’s love for piano began early, when she performed in public in South Korea at the age of five.”

The educational influences that have supported her path include formative training at the Music Academy of Seoul Arts Center, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School.

Ahn credits her development as a performer-educator-citizen to her wonderful teachers and mentors who have provided years of professional and personal guidance. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music, with a minor degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music.

Shin said, “Dr. Ahn has won numerous prizes and awards, including first prizes in Junior Chopin Competition, Harvard Musical Association Competition, Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and many others. Her performances have been broadcasted on National Public Radio’s From the Top and Classical WSMR.”

For more information, please call the DSU music department at (662) 846-4615.