Four piano students who study with Awadagin Pratt at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music advanced in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which concluded on March 4 in England. Narae Lee, Jiwon Han, Julan Wang and Youkyoung Kim made it through the preliminary rounds of the competition to perform in multiple stages.
The preliminary rounds were held in the United Kingdom, Germany, U.S. and Japan. CCM was one of few U.S. schools to have multiple students advance in the various rounds of the competition.
Youkyoung Kim was one of six contestants to compete in the final stage of the competition. As a finalist, Kim performed in a public concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her performance earned her third place and £2,500 ($3,053.50). Narae Lee advanced to compete in the second stage of the competition. Jiwon Han and Julan Wang advanced to compete in the competition’s semi-final stage.
About the Artists
Youkyoung Kim, born in Busan, South Korea, earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University, where she studied with Junghye Ra and Nayoung Kim. Since 2012, she has studied with Professor Awadagin Pratt at CCM, where she received her Master of Music degree in 2014. Kim is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at CCM.
Previously this month, Kim was among 12 musicians selected to participate in the Iowa Piano Competition. She was awarded third prize after she performed with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in the final round of the competition. Kim has numerous top prizes and participated in international competitions including the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition, U.S. International Duo Piano Competition, World Piano Competition, Dallas International Piano Competition, Debut International Piano Competition and Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition, among others.
Julan Wang, born in Chongqing, China, earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2010. He received the George Sarlo Scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory and earned his Master of Music degree there in 2012. In 2014, he received his Artist Diploma at CCM, where he studied with Professor Awadagin Pratt. He is now pursuing a Doctoral degree at CCM.
Julan has received many prizes in competitions, such as the China Youth Competition, Wiesbaden International Piano Competition, Asian Chopin Competition and the CCM Concerto Competition. He gave his debut recital at Carnegie Hall in June of 2014, and has also performed in California, Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana. He has also given solo/lecture recitals in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fujian, Sichuan, Chongqing and many other places in China. Since 2012, he has been a recipient of the Enlight Foundation’s Outstanding Scientists and Artists Scholarship.
Korean-born pianist Narae Lee studied at Yonsei University with Misha Kim in South Korea. She is a recipient of the William D. Black Memorial Prize in Piano and holds an Honors Scholarship at CCM, where she studies with Awadagin Pratt.
Lee has won numerous top prizes and has participated in national and international competitions, including Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition, World Piano Competition, Art of the Piano, New Paltz Piano Summer, Eastern Music Festival as an assistant of Piano and Collaborative Piano faculties, Jacob Flier Piano Competition, the Samick-Seiler Piano Competition, the Seoul Philharmonic Competition, the Mayor of Seoul City Prize at the University of Seoul Music Competition and the Grand Prix Round Prize, 21Century Artist Special Prize at the Osaka International Piano Competition in Japan.
A native of Incheon, South Korea, pianist Jiwon Han earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Korea National University of Arts, where he studied with Choong-Mo Kang. He earned his Artist Diploma from Korea National University, where he studied with Professor Daejin Kim. Han earned a full-tuition scholarship to pursue an Artist Diploma at CCM, where he studies with Awadagin Pratt. He is also the recipient of the Art of the Piano Foundation Award.
Han has appeared in top concert venues in Korea including the Seoul Art Center, Sejong Art Center, Hoam Art Hall and Kumho Art Hall. He is sponsored by YAGI Studio, one of the largest studios in Korea. Han has served for three years as a director for the classic concert program on KBS, one of Korea’s prominent public broadcasting stations. In 2013, he won second prize in ISANG YUN International Competition. In 2014, he released his debut album, featuring the works of Chopin and Isang Yun. In 2015, he released his second album, Romanticism, featuring music of Brahms, Schumann and Liszt.
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