Haysun Kang, D.M.
Title/s: Associate Professor of Music
Office #: MUND 1112
Internationally acclaimed pianist Haysun Kang is recognized for her elegant performances with a wide palette of colors. The Polish music journal, Ruch Muzyczny, proclaimed her performance with the Philharmonia Sudecka: “This winner of many American and international competitions impressed the audiences with her immaculate technique and flawless dexterity.” The Texas Monitor described her performance as “…magnificent and we really were mesmerized…”
Dr. Kang has appeared extensively in solo recitals, in chamber music concerts and as soloist with orchestras at major concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Donnell Library Center in New York City, Chicago Cultural Center, and Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Her performances have been broadcasted live on WQXR-FM radio in New York and televised on cable TV. Her performances have taken her throughout America, Europe, and Asia. In the United States, she has been a featured soloist with orchestras such as South Texas Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, and American Legion Symphonic Band.
A native of Korea, Dr. Kang received her first piano lessons at the age of four and won the Asian Young Artist Piano Competition when she was twelve. She obtained her bachelors degree in piano performance from Seoul National University, Korea. In the United States, she received her Master of Music from DePaul University, where she studied with Chopin International Competition laureate Dmitry Paperno. Dr. Kang earned her Doctorate of Music from Northwestern University under the guidance of the renowned pianist and teacher Dr. David Kaiserman. She also received musical training from Julian Martin at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Alexis Golovin at the Academy of Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Dr. Kang was a winner of numerous competitions such as the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, the Young Keyboard Artist Association International Piano Competition, the Verna Ross Orndorff Austrian-American Music Award, the Society of American Musicians Competition, the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Award, and the Hoverson Piano Award. As an active adjudicator, she has been invited to judge many competitions including Steinway Young Artist Competition, Kankakee Valley Symphony concerto competition, Northwestern University Concerto Competition, and Sorantin International Young Artist Competition. Dr. Kang is currently a faculty member of Loyola University Chicago.
D.M., Piano Performance, Northwestern University
M.M., Piano Performance, DePaul University
B.M., Piano Performance, Seoul National University, Korea
- Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition
- Young Keyboard Artist Association International Piano Competition
- Verna Ross Orndorff Austrian-American Music Award
- Society of American Musicians Competition
- Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Award
- Hoverson Piano Award