A native of Seoul, Korea, Sohee Kwon has been rapidly advancing her career throughout the U.S. hailed for her gorgeous pianism, enormous sensitivity, and complete devotion to music itself. She has extensively performing as both soloist and an avid chamber musician in prestigious venues around the world such as Carnegie hall (New York), The Gordon K. and Harriet Greenfield Hall (New York), Nicholas Music center (New Jersey), Duncan Recital Hall (Houston), Murchison Performing Arts Center (Denton), Bates Concert Hall and Homer Rainey Hall (Austin), University Arts Center (Seoul).
She has won top major international competitions including winning the First prize of 2020 MTNA Chamber Competition, the Second prize of 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Competition, the First prize of UNT SSI concerto competition, the First prize of Mason Gross School of the Arts Concerto and Chamber music competition as well as the Third prize of Ruth Barr Piano competition.
As a devoted chamber musician and founding member of Trio En, formally known as Trio Rouge, she has appeared in many chamber music concerts across the country including the time of the 1918 Pandemic concert series by Salon Concerts, Thursday noon concert series by Central Presbyterian Church, the recital concert with OSMOSIS string quartet from Hochschule für musik Leipzig as well as six month residence as a member of Lincoln Center Stage Piano quintet on Holland America Line, during which group offered roughly 400 concerts that embraced diverse genres of chamber music. Also, she was featured in many radio station and local newspaper including “Listen and Local” and “From the Butler School” on KMFA, Austin’s Classical Music Radio Station.
In addition to her performance career, Sohee Kwon has made her debut as a music arranger for Piazzolla’s Three Preludes for Piano Trio, originally written for piano solo, which was accepted as her final thesis project as a doctorate student at UT Austin. This piece was premiered by her group, Trío En, at University of Texas at Austin.
She has recently earned her doctorate degree in piano performance at University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Brownell. Before UT, she attended Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers for her undergraduate with Daniel Epstein and Min Kwon on a presidential scholarship, garnering Elizabeth Wyckoff Durham award for excellence in Keyboard at graduation. Afterwards, she earned her Master degree with Jon Kimura Parker as a full scholarship recipient at Rice University.
She has been invited to many summer music festivals including Sarasota Music Festival, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, University of North Texas String Summer Institute to name a few, and has participated in numerous masterclasses given by international renowned musicians including Robert Levin (Harvard), Klaus Hellwig (UDK -Berlin), Pascal Godart (HEMU-Lausanne), Alexander Kobrin (NYU), Massimiliano Ferrati (Agostino Steffan, Italy), Emanuel Krasovsky (Tel-Aviv University, Israel), Jacques Ammon (Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany), among others.