Hyeyoung Song, Pianist

April 16, 2024

Global talent converges for WC International Piano Competition finals

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Global talent converges for WC International Piano Competition finals

April 10, 2024

Graphic promoting date, time, location of WCIPC 2024

The final round of the sixth annual Weatherford College International Piano Competition will be held in the Alkek Fine Arts Center on Saturday, April 20, starting at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend.  

More than 170 pianists representing 22 countries, from Australia to Venezuela to Italy, submitted video entries for a finalist spot in the competition.  

The 10 finalists are Tanner Jorden, 21, USA; Victoria S. Bi, 15, USA; Priscila Navarro, 29, Peru; Christina Sung, 13, USA; Tatiana Dorokhova, 32, Russia; Iskandar Mamadaliev, 22, Uzbekistan; Haozhou Wang, 21, China; Marie Wurtz, 20, USA; Po-Hsiang Chang, 28, Taiwan; and Jiacheng Xiong, 27, China.  

“We are honored to host the finalists from all over the world and look forward to their outstanding performances,” said Dr. Hyeyoung Song, competition director and WC’s artist-in-residence.  

Lydia Artymiw from the University of Minnesota, Enrico Elisi from Texas Christian University, and Antonio Pompa-Baldi from the Cleveland Institute of Music will judge the final round.  

The award ceremony will take place at about 3:30 p.m., and the winner will be offered a solo recital at WC during the 2024–25 academic year.  

“Since its inception, the competition has earned a reputation from pianists, teachers, and world-class judges for its uncompromisingly high musical standards,” Song said. We sincerely hope you will join us here at WC.” 

https://www.wc.edu/news/global-talent-converges-for-wc-international-piano-competition-finals.php

March 4, 2024

Magazine 76092 Interview

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Dr. Hyeyoung Song, concert pianist and Weatherford College artist-in-residence, is a new inductee into the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame, one of 67 piano educators from the United States and Canada awarded the honor last fall. “Dr. Song has had a monumental impact in her respective communities and has worked hard to touch lives and earn the recognition,” Bryan Elmore, Steinway’s director of institutional sales and educational services, said during the induction.

Song, a Coppell resident, has played in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Since 2007, she has worked at Weatherford College, where she founded the Weatherford College International Piano Competition. Known for her warm, expressive, and powerful tone, she is committed to sharing her passion through pedagogy. “I am especially humbled to receive this honor because I have had so many wonderful teachers in my life that have helped me become the person, musician, and educator that I am,” Song said.

Growing up in South Korea, Song didn’t anticipate becoming a professional pianist or teacher. But her mother has always loved music and exposed her to various genres at an early age, including Beethoven, Korean cinema classics, and American pop. She began taking lessons around age 8. By 13, piano was still a hobby. Like most middle schoolers, she hadn’t given much thought to being a concert pianist, but a music teacher at her school changed that.

“This teacher would play piano for the class and one day after he’d finished playing, he muttered to himself, ‘If the people of the world could hear beautiful music like this, there would be no hatred or war,’” Song said. This simple comment was transformative for her, and she began to feel called to be a professional musician to inspire those exact feelings in others.

While earning her master’s degree at a university in South Korea, Song’s class had a visiting professor from Texas Christian University. He listened to her play and immediately offered to bring her to TCU to continue studying. After completing her Artist Diploma at TCU, Song went on to earn her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. She believes music has the power to reach anyone and can transform lives regardless of age, gender, or background.

“One of the most special experiences I’ve had was working with prisoners,” she said. “Honestly, I was terrified to work there. It was my first job after I graduated with my doctorate degree, and they were my first students. But the way it affected these prisoners’ spirits was very moving. They obviously didn’t have much freedom, but the music made them feel free and as a teacher, it made me feel limitless.”

Song also founded and directs the Weatherford College Chamber Music Ensemble. She performs as often as her busy schedule allows. One thrilling performance took place in the sold-out Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2016, the finale of a tour to Europe and South Korea. “In my journey as a musician and a music teacher, I want to share joy with as many people as possible. I’m pleased to have a life as a messenger of God’s language,” Song said. “I want to inspire people in any form, as a teacher, performer, director, or mother.”

76092Magazine Interview
https://76092magazine.com/digital-edition/

November 13, 2023

Hyeyoung Song inducted into Steinway & Sons Music Teacher Hall of Fame

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ASTORIA, NEW YORK – Pianist and teacher Dr. Hyeyoung Song has been inducted into the Steinway & Sons Music Teacher Hall of Fame, a prestigious designation recognizing the work of North America’s most committed and passionate piano educators.

Song has long established herself as a “pianist of exquisite sensitivity, with a warm, expressive, yet powerful tone.” Her collaboration with Steinway Piano Gallery Texas and Weatherford College has afforded her the opportunity to create opportunities for the Weatherford community and especially to her home country of South Korea.

Steinway Piano Gallery Texas nominated Song for the Hall of Fame to recognize her compassion for excellence as a performer and educator who has set the standard for the next generation of pianists and music educators.

This fall, 67 teachers from the United States and Canada were inducted into the Steinway & Sons Music Teacher Hall of Fame with special events hosted at the historic Steinway factory in New York City. Teachers were selected for this award for their outstanding instruction and leadership in acoustic piano education and their commitment to teaching in their community for over a decade. Each teacher inducted into the Hall of Fame is part of the Steinway Teacher & Educational Partner Program and was nominated by a Steinway & Sons showroom in the teacher’s home region. The teachers’ names are now displayed on a commemorative display wall inside the iconic factory.

“Music education has been a cornerstone of our historic company since the late 1800s, and today is no different,” said Gavin English, president of Steinway & Sons Americas. “We are very proud to work with the talented music educators inducted this fall into the Steinway & Sons Music Teacher Hall of Fame. These teachers foster passion, creativity, and discipline in the next generation of piano artists. Their work deserves the highest praise.”

The Steinway Teacher & Educational Partner Program is designed for piano instructors and affiliated studio partners to enhance their relationship with Steinway & Sons and to further support their piano instruction. By becoming a Steinway Teacher & Educational Partner, teachers receive several benefits and unique opportunities including access to workshops, concerts, masterclasses, and various special events as well as the opportunity for the prestigious designation of being inducted into the Steinway & Sons Music Teacher Hall of Fame.

https://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/news/hyeyoung-song-inducted-into-steinway-sons-music-teacher-hall-of-fame/article_649b197c-77fd-11ee-a296-6b2615dc36ca.html

May 26, 2023

Song to be inducted into Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame

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  • By Crystal Woerly Special Contributor
  • May 26, 2023
Hyeyoung Song
Hyeyoung Song, master pianist and artist-in-residence at Weatherford College, has been selected for induction to the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame.Courtesy | Weatherford College

    

Dr. Hyeyoung Song, master pianist and artist-in-residence at Weatherford College, has been selected for induction to the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes piano teachers for their commitment and passion for piano education.

“Your passionate commitment to teaching and inspiring young people in their study of piano music is commendable and rare,” wrote Gavin English, president of Steinway & Sons America in a letter to Song. “Through your efforts, you help students lay the foundation for a lifetime of musical and artistic expression.”

She is invited to attend an early October induction ceremony at the historic New York Steinway factory. Former award recipient Dr. Richard Fountain from Wayland Baptist University said winners are treated like royalty on their visit.

Song is an active performer who has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She has worked at WC since 2007 and is the creator of the Weatherford College International Piano Competition.

https://www.weatherforddemocrat.com/news/song-to-be-inducted-into-steinway-sons-teacher-hall-of-fame/article_6e8bd068-fb46-11ed-8968-5f742dc57fd0.html

March 1, 2018

‘Duo Azul’ to perform in Memorial Hall Feb. 15

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‘Duo Azul’ to perform in Memorial Hall Feb. 15

Posted on February 12, 2018

Duo Azul, made up of American pianist Amy E. Gustafson and Korean pianist Hyeyoung Song, will offer a concert entitled “Journey through the Spiritual Realm” at Erskine College Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The program will include works by Bach, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Liszt, and Rubinstein.

Duo Azul’s performances feature the four-hand and two-hand piano repertoire. Gustafson and Song met in Austin, Texas while both were completing doctoral degrees at the University of Texas. The Duo’s first performances were in 2010 in Texas, and they have performed together frequently ever since.

Amy Gustafson is the daughter of Erskine President Dr. Robert Gustafson and his wife Marjorie Graham Gustafson. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of Texas at Austin, and has performed across the United States and Europe. She has won numerous awards, including second prize in the International Young Artists Piano Competition. In addition to her performing career, she serves as teaching artist at Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City, executive director of the Gijón International Piano Festival, and vice president and treasurer of the Spanish American Music Council.

Hyeyoung Song has performed extensively throughout the States and Korea. She has won the top prizes in competitions including the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, the International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Sydney Wright Accompanying Competition, and the Ewha University Concerto Competition. The recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas at Austin, she has been invited to present recitals and master classes at many universities and music festivals. She serves as artist in residence at Weatherford College in Texas.

For more information on Duo Azul, please visit www.duoazul.com.

http://news.erskine.edu/duo-azul-to-perform-in-memorial-hall-feb-15/

February 23, 2018

‘Duo Azul’ to perform in Memorial Hall Feb. 15

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‘Duo Azul’ to perform in Memorial Hall Feb. 15

Posted on February 12, 2018

Duo Azul, made up of American pianist Amy E. Gustafson and Korean pianist Hyeyoung Song, will offer a concert entitled “Journey through the Spiritual Realm” at Erskine College Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The program will include works by Bach, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Liszt, and Rubinstein.

Duo Azul’s performances feature the four-hand and two-hand piano repertoire. Gustafson and Song met in Austin, Texas while both were completing doctoral degrees at the University of Texas. The Duo’s first performances were in 2010 in Texas, and they have performed together frequently ever since.

Amy Gustafson is the daughter of Erskine President Dr. Robert Gustafson and his wife Marjorie Graham Gustafson. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of Texas at Austin, and has performed across the United States and Europe. She has won numerous awards, including second prize in the International Young Artists Piano Competition. In addition to her performing career, she serves as teaching artist at Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City, executive director of the Gijón International Piano Festival, and vice president and treasurer of the Spanish American Music Council.

Hyeyoung Song has performed extensively throughout the States and Korea. She has won the top prizes in competitions including the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, the International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Sydney Wright Accompanying Competition, and the Ewha University Concerto Competition. The recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas at Austin, she has been invited to present recitals and master classes at many universities and music festivals. She serves as artist in residence at Weatherford College in Texas.

For more information on Duo Azul, please visit www.duoazul.com.

http://news.erskine.edu/duo-azul-to-perform-in-memorial-hall-feb-15/

June 24, 2017

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

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It was a joyful experience that I could be a part of the 15th Van Cliburn Piano Competition as a critic and press member. Congratulations to all the wonderful young pianists! 

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Interview with Yekwon Sunwoo, the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist

Hyeyoung Song(HS): Please share with us your thoughts as the winner of the 15th Van Cliburn Competition.
Yekwon Sunwoo(YS): The physical endurance was a challenge and at times time would pass excruciatingly slowly. But I am thankful that I was able to finish strong and grateful to all the people who stood by me until the end.

HS: During this competition, was there a particular piece you were most satisfied with and least satisfied?
YS: Honestly, I think that there is always an area you wish you could have done differently in a performance. The job of a performer is to perform their very best and the process in which making the best performance is what brings happiness. Even though it is short, Schubert-Liszt’s Litanei auf des Fest Aller Seelen is one of the pieces that felt special to me while I was performing it.

HS: As the winner of the competition, you will probably become very busy. What changes do you think this will bring for you?
YS: I had better continue to perform my very best by working hard and avoiding laziness. It still hasn’t hit me that I am the winner of the competition….however, it is my dream to be a musician that always advances and matures, so I will do my best.

HS: In your lifetime, is there a certain piece that you would like to leave a recording of?
YS: Since Schubert is a composer that is very dear to me, I would like to record his late sonatas. There are so many, it’s hard for me to even choose one.

HS: You are the first South Korean to win the Van Cliburn Competition…could you say something to your fans and the young musicians back at home?
YS: Thank you to everyone who supported me and cheered me on. And I am thankful for those who always showed interest even with my shortcomings. I’m sure all performers feel this way since there is no such thing as a perfect performer. I believe there is always room for improvement and I will always try my best to move people’s hearts with my music. I’m grateful for your continued support.

Congratulations!

Interview by Hyeyoung Song

선우예권 반클라이번 콩쿨 우승 현장 인터뷰

송혜영(이하 송):제 15회 반 클라이번 콩쿨에서 우승하신 소감을 말씀해 주세요.
선우예권(이하 선우):짧은 시간들이 길게 느껴 질 정도로 체력적으로 지치기도 했는데요. 잘 마쳐서 감사하고, 지켜 봐주신 모든 분들께 감사합니다.

송: 이번 콩쿨의 곡 중 에서 본인이 가장 만족했던 곡은 무엇이고 가장 아쉬움이 남았던 곡이 있다면.
선우: 사실 연주에는 항상 아쉬움이 조금씩 있는 것 같아요. 연주자의 직업이라는 것이 최상의 연주를 하기 위해서 계속 살아 가고 그 과정을 통해 행복을 느끼는 것이니까요. 제가 특별하게 생각하는 곡 중의 하나가 슈베르트 가곡 리타나이(Schubert-Liszt, Litanei auf des Fest Aller Seelen) 를 좋아하는데 짧은 곡이지만 연주 때에도 특별하게 다가왔습니다.

송: 우승자에게 주어지는 연주무대로 앞으로 무척 바빠지실텐데 어떤 변화가 있을 거라고 생각을 하시는지
선우: 다가오는 연주들을 최상의 조건들로 좋은 연주를 해야겠지요. 게을리 하지 않고 열심히 좋은 연주를 들려드리도록 해야 할 것 같아요. 아직은 우승했다는 실감이 나지 않는데…항상 발전하고 성숙해지는 진실한 음악가가 되는 것이 제 꿈이기 때문에 열심히 하겠습니다.

송: 본인이 일생을 통해서 꼭 남기고 싶은 레코딩이 있다면
선우: 소중하게 생각하는 작곡가는 슈베르트이기 때문에 슈베르트 소나타 후기 작품들을 남겨 보고 싶은데 그것은 너무 이른 것 같기도 하구요. 너무 많아서 하나만 고르기는 힘드네요.

송: 반클라이번 우승이라는 한국인으로서 역사적 수상을 하셨는데 고국의 팬들과 어린 음악가들에게 한 말씀 해 주세요.
선우: 응원해 주신 모든 분들께 너무 감사드리고, 부족할 수도 있는 연주를 항상 관심을 주신 분들께 감사드리고 싶어요. 모든 연주자들이 그렇게 느끼겠지만 완전한 연주는 없기 때문에 늘 부족하다 생각하거든요. 가슴에 무언가를 남길 수 있는 연주를 위해 노력하겠고 지켜 봐주시면 좋겠습니다.

축하합니다!

Interview by Hyeyoung Song

 

January 18, 2017

[Star-Telegram, 1.6, 2017] WC’s Hyeyoung Song performs at Carnegie Hall

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WC’s Hyeyoung Song performs at Carnegie Hall

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January 11, 2017

WC’s Hyeyoung Song performs at Carnegie Hall

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WC’s Hyeyoung Song performs at Carnegie Hall

Concert pianist and Weatherford College Artist-in-Residence Dr. Hyeyoung Song performed to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Dec. 28. The concert wrapped up her 2016 international tour which included Paris, Spain and Korea.

The concert, held in Carnegie Hall’s elegant Weill Recital Hall, included selections from Bach, Beethoven and Debussy as well as modern pieces by American composers Gershwin, Cowell and Rzewski.

“From the profound sacred music of Bach to the secular music of Rzewski who successfully translated through piano the labor movement and social issues of his time – these are not only pieces I love, but they mean a lot to me, as they reflect my life and the world of music,” Song said.

Publicity materials for Song’s tour were created by the WC Creative and Graphic Services Arts Department as part of the college’s partnership with Song who performs a free concert each semester at WC’s Alkek Fine Arts Center. Along with applied piano lessons, she has also taught Musicianship, Music Appreciation, and group piano classes at WC.

“I thank Weatherford College so much for the tremendous support and help,” she said. “I am so proud and honored to be a member of the Weatherford College family.”

Originally from Korea, Song was the First Prize winner of the Janice K. Hodges Competition at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ewha Woman’s University in Korea and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She has served as WC’s Artist-in-Residence since 2007.

 

https://www.wc.edu/about/news/wc’s-hyeyoung-song-performs-carnegie-hall

January 3, 2017

[Jan.3, 2017]Hyeyoung Song wraps up her tour with success

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Hyeyoung Song wraps up her tour with success
December 28, 2016 | Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York
Reviewed and edited by Lilly Lee, Hannah Kim
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   On Wednesday, December 28, Hyeyoung Song gave a sold out concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  Presented by the Weatherford College, this concert served as a finale to her tour which included stops in Europe and in South Korea, her native land.

The concert began with a set of three Bach transcriptions by Kempff, Busoni and Petri.  Of the three, Busoni is most well-known for his Bach transcriptions and compositions.  The first two selections which are from Bach’s sacred cantatas, seemed quite suitable for the concert since Christmas was celebrated just three days before the concert.  The opening piece, Sinfonia from Bach Cantata(BWV 29), “Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir”(“We thank you, God, we thank you”), transcribed by Kempff, is a lively piece full of octaves, scales runs and broken chords.  Performed in 1731, Bach scored this piece for the organ, the baroque orchestra and a basso continuo.  Ms. Song gave a colorful account of this piece and made the piano sound like the orchestra.  Perhaps due to the technical demands on the piano, I thought the tempo was slower compared to the original version performed on the organ.

The last two transcriptions from the set are more well-known. The second piece, 4th movement from Bach Cantata(BWV 140), “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”(“Awake, The Voice Command”) transcribed by Busoni, originally scored for two violins, tenor and a continuo, has a prominent tenor singing a text, “Zion hört die Wächter singen” (Zion hears the watchmen singing).  The third piece, “Schafe können sicher weiden”(“Sheep May Safely Graze”) transcribed by Petri, is originally an Aria from Bach Cantata, BWV 208.  First performed in 1713, “Sheep May Safely Graze” is originally scored for the soprano, two recorders, and a continuo.  In both of these selections, Ms. Song did a fine job of bringing out the tenor part in the second piece(“Awake, The Voice Command”) and the soprano part in the third piece(“Sheep May Safely Graze”), while keeping a steady tempo in the accompaniment.  She is a keen listener who is aware of the voices and their movements.  “Sheep May Safely Graze” was tender, calm, graceful and gentle.

Following the recital tradition of a baroque to classical order in the first half of the program, Ms. Song moved on to Beethoven’s “Appassionata Sonata”, Op. 57.  As Beethoven’s more well-known sonatas, she began with a bit of restraint in the first movement, but was eventually able to let go and play with more abandon.  She demonstrated a solid technique and tonal control, especially with the chords that can sound percussive and bangy with a wrong technical approach.

The second half of the program which started with a Debussy set and ended with a piece by Henry Cowell, was like a journey through different genres of music; from French Impressionism to American jazz to avant-garde.  The set of three impressionist pieces by Debussy—two preludes, “Voiles”(Sails), “La cathédrale engloutie”(The Submerged Cathedral) and “L’isle Joyeuse” (The Island of Joy) paved a way for the more contemporary works to follow in the program.  “L’isle Joyeuse” with its jazzy chords and rhythms, would be followed by two Gershwin transcriptions by Earl Wild(“Embraceable You” and “I Got Rhythm”);  both upbeat, Lisztian with fast passages and jazzy rhythm, all of which Ms. Song tackled with flair and showmanship.

The last two pieces, Frederic Rzewski’s “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues” from his four North American ballads, and “Exultation” by Henry Cowell were like a drum show; the rumble of the percussion from a distance at the beginning that was gradually approaching, was captivating. I got hooked on the drum, which really was just a piano that she played with her forearm.  The hall was filled with the bright, dissonant and percussive sound of the tone clusters.

Through these different genres of music, Ms. Song showed that she enjoys exploring the sound potential of the piano, whether through pedalling in Debussy, or through forearm clusters displayed in both Rzewski and Cowell’s pieces.  Her playing is warm, expressive, yet powerful.  The last piece was met with a standing ovation and was followed by an encore—another lovely Bach transcription, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”transcribed by Myra Hess.

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