Pianist Hyeyoung Song

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.

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

Student pianist successful at Dallas Symphonic Festival

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Weatherford College freshman Hudson Flaherty was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2018 Dallas Symphonic Festival on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Flaherty has been playing the piano for about 14 years, and this was his first competition.

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“I am so proud of him. This is a great achievement for this young man and WC music department also,” said his piano instructor and WC artist-in-residence Dr. Hyeyoung Song. “The Dallas Symphonic Festival is probably one of the biggest music festivals for serious music learners in DFW metroplex area and the level of this festival is quite high.”

Flaherty will perform his first solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in the Alkek Fine Arts Center. His program will feature Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy.

https://www.wc.edu/about/news/student-pianist-successful-dallas-symphonic-festival

February 23, 2018

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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! Here I share with you some photos, interviews, and articles I wrote.

 

 

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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

 

February 13, 2017

피아니스트 송혜영, 마스터 클래스 개최

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피아니스트 송혜영, 마스터 클래스 개최

작년 카네기홀 독주회 전석매진 기념, 오는 25일(토) 뉴송교회에서

 

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피아니스트 송혜영 교수가 오는 25일(토) 오후 2시부터 5시까지 뉴송교회 2층 성가대실에서 공개 마스터 클래스를 연다.

재니스 하지스 국제콩쿨 우승, 텍사스 주립대 엑설런트 티칭상 수상 등 화려한 경력을 갖고 있는 송혜영 교수는 현재 Weatherford College에서 Artist in Residence로 재직 중에 있으며 지난 해 12월 카네기홀에서 가진 독주회를 전석매진으로 장식한 바 있다.

송혜영 교수의 카네기홀 독주회 전석매진을 기념하는 의미에서 치러지는 이번 클래스는 연령에 제한 없이 피아노를 배우는 학생이라면 누구나 무료로 참여할 수 있으며 연주자 인적사항(이름, 나이, 학교), 연주곡목, 작곡가명, 수상과 연주 경력, 보호자 성함과 연락처 등을 이메일이나 카카오톡으로 접수, 신청할 수 있다. 신청마감은 오는 18일(토)이며 선발 여부는 오는 20일(월)까지 개별 통보된다.

선발된 학생들은 40분 가량의 공개레슨과 송혜영 교수의 미니콘서트와 질의응답 순서에 참여할 수 있는 기회가 제공된다. 또 학생, 학부모, 음악교사 등 음악과 송혜영 교수의 공개 마스터 클래스에 관심있는 사람은 누구나 참관할 수 있다.

http://www.dallasktn.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=town_news&wr_id=1199

February 11, 2017

Hyeyoung Song Piano Master Class

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January 31, 2017

[Jan.13, 2017] Dallas Korea Town News

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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

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/weatherford-star-telegram/wt-news/article125010904.html

January 11, 2017

WC’s Hyeyoung Song performs at Carnegie Hall

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WC’s Hyeyoung Song performs at Carnegie Hall

Hyeyoung Song - WC Adjunct Faculty

 

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.

Hyeyoung Song - WC Adjunct FacultyThe 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.

Hyeyoung Song - WC Adjunct Faculty

“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.

http://www.newyorkpianogroup.org/hs_concert_review.html

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