Pianist Hyeyoung Song

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.


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.


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.


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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Jan. 13, 2017, Dallas Korea Town News

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


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.



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

   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.


피아니스트 송혜영 카네기홀 대성황 공연

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    피아니스트 송혜영 카네기홀 대성황 공연

솧혜영 피아니스트의 공연이 지난 12월 28일 카네기홀에서 대성황리에 개최되었다.  

피아니스트 송혜영은 재니스 하지스 국제 피아노 콩쿨 우승, 코퍼스 크리스티 국제 쇼팽 콩쿨, 시드니 라이트 콩쿨 입상, 텍사스 주립대 윌리엄 리빙스톤 엑설런트 티칭상을 수상한 바 있으며, “진정성, 원숙함, 정통성을 지닌, 청중의 귀와 마음을 사로잡는 연주자로 극도로 아름답고 절묘한 음색과 놀라운 음악적 에너지를 보여주고 있다.”는 평가를 받고 있다.


스타인웨이 홀 초청 연주를 비롯, 뉴욕 야마하 홀, 뉴욕 텐리 박물관 초청 브람스 기념 음악회, 달라스 Mu Phi Epsilon 초청 독주회, 스페인 Candas홀,  파리 American Church, LBJ오디토리움, 반 클라이번 영 아티스트 연주회, 텍사스 홀, 퍼스트 뱅크 연주홀, 마고 죤스 홀, 웰-카비 홀, 펩시코 홀, 애드 랜드레스 홀, 베이츠 홀, 제슨 홀, 세종 문화회관 등에서 연주 했다. 텍사스 주립대학오르페우스 음악원텍사스주 형사사법 대학북텍사스 컬리지 등에서 가르쳤고, 이화여자대학교, 서울신학대학교, 사우스 웨스턴 대학,  텍사스 여대, 스토니 브룩 국제 피아노 페스티발,  스페인 히혼 국제 피아노 페스티발 등 세계 각국에서 초청연주와 마스터 클라스를 열었다. 또한 피아니스트 에이미 거스탑슨과 피아노 듀오 아줄을 결성하여 활발히 활동하고 있다.

이번 공연에는 바하, 베에토벤, 드비시, 거쉰, 졔프스키, 카월 등 바로크와 고전, 인상주의, 미국 근현대 피아노 음악까지 다양한 작품이 연주되어 환호와 큰 박수를 받았다. 

-미국최대한인대표포털 뉴욕코리아, 조셉 리 기자-







December 29, 2016


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by Hannah Kim | December 2016

First Prize winner of the Janice K. Hodges Piano Competition, Hyeyoung Song is an active performer who has performed extensively throughout the United States and Korea, noted for her warm and beautiful tone, tireless energy and great musical temperament.

She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ewha Woman’s University where she graduated with highest honors in piano performance, an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her teachers include Gregory Allen, Jose Mendez, Harold Martina, Tamas Ungar, and Mijai Youn. She has also taken master classes with Anne Schein, Aldo Parisot, Miyoko Lotto, Philippe Bianconi, Benedetto Lupo, Krassimira Jordan, Jose Feghali, Robert Blocker and Richard Cass.

Song lives in Coppell Texas, with her husband and two children. Since 2007, She has been serving as Artist in Residence at Weatherford College, Texas.

“Because music is so great and divine, I believe that it was a gift to mankind to perform and enjoy.”

Can you tell us about your upcoming program at Carnegie Hall?

I’m happy to have the chance to perform pieces that I have always enjoyed.  My recital program includes a sacred piano transcription by Bach,  “Appassionata” sonata by Beethoven (a composer I feel close to like a soulmate), two Debussy preludes and the ‘Isle of Joy’ (all three pieces related to ‘water’) and modern pieces by American composers such as Gershwin, Cowell, 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.

Can you tell us about your concert activities this year?

My 2016 world tour included a tour of Europe this past Summer, playing in Paris, in Spain, etc., a tour of Korea this past Fall.  This Carnegie Hall concert is a finale that will complete my tour.

You currently live in Texas. How do you like Texas and what brought you to Texas?

Coming to Texas was like destiny.  I was selected as a scholarship student by a professor from Texas who was doing a tour of Asia while I was in graduate school.  My teacher whom I respect, recommended Texas and gave me guidance, because she knew about the Van Cliburn competition and the high level of music education in Texas.  In addition to the Van Cliburn competition, I was attracted to the fine concert series in Texas, a relaxed cultural environment and the public’s appreciation towards music.  That’s why I came to Texas, so I could immerse myself in piano in such an environment.

I understand that you are also a mother to young children. Is it difficult to find time to practice while raising two children?

Yes, very difficult.  Raising children, ages 6 and 3 and travelling with them is one of life’s greatest adventures.  I have been upset at times because of the restriction in how much I can practice.  I have to look after the children who interrupt me during my practice.  Getting myself at the piano to practice in the middle of the night after a long day and after putting kids to sleep, sometimes feels like a battle.
However, I feel that music and life are inseparable.  A mother raising young children and a pianist are not so different.  I think that giving up for your children’s needs is a process that allows one to mature musically.  Similarly, a life of a performer is a process of giving .  As a musician, I feel that I’m being trained on how to give up myself and to give to others.  Practicing with children at the piano, practicing to the sound of children playing…I perhaps picked up a skill on how to live together with them.
Most of all, my children provide me with inspiration and creative energy, which are very special to me.  I feel that such factors allow me to achieve greater musical maturity.

If it weren’t for piano, what do you think you would have become?

Well, I haven’t given it any serious thought, but I think I would have been an educator or a poet.  I would have done something related to helping children or the disabled; something that would allow me to share the beauty of this world.

What inspired you to become a concert pianist? Were there any challenges that you faced as a pianist? If yes, how did you overcome those challenges?

My mother loved music and since I was young, I had a lot of interest in this unseen world and its beauty.  In middle school, my music teacher played a Verdi Requiem and said: “If people would listen to this kind of music, there would be no sadness brought on by war or division.”  I remember vividly that that was the moment that made me want to devote my life to music.
There were certainly many challenges, but since I can’t think of anything in particular, that probably means that any hardship is overshadowed by the greatness of music and its beauty.  I am thankful and feel blessed for being able to lead a life with music.

Can you name some pianists who have inspired you? Who were some of your influences in your development as an artist?

There are so many great pianists throughout history whom I admire for their unique interpretation and a distinct tone.  As for pianists who are around today, I really admire Radu Lupu and Andras Schiff.  They fully explored the potential of the piano and I feel that they are pianists who overcame it’s deficiencies.

Do you have any advice to give to those who wish to become a professional pianist?

Because music is so great and divine, I believe that it was a gift to mankind to perform and enjoy.  As much as being privileged and blessed to be a musician, I believe that cherishing one’s musical talent and sharing it, is a calling and a responsibility of a musician.  If one realizes how much he or she is blessed, one should be able to follow this path with joy and overcome any handicap or despair.

What does music mean to you? What significance does classical music have in today’s world?

When I was young, music was an absolute necessity to me.  I believed that music was superior to all disciplines including science and art; that it ends war, purifies one’s soul and brings world peace.  Even though we don’t live in a world where a young girl’s fantasy magically turns into reality, I continue to believe in the greatness and the power of music.  Good music allows us to get deeply in touch with our natural selves.  What can be a happier moment for a performer other than communicating and being in contact with an audience?  To me, music is love.

Hyeyoung Song performs on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Carnegie Hall. For tickets, click here.  Learn more about Hyeyoung Song at www.hyeyoungsong.com.


March 30, 2015

The World in Song ~ Pianist Hyeyoung Song uses musical gifts to inspire

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The World in Song ~ Pianist Hyeyoung Song uses musical gifts to inspire

Pianist Hyeyoung Song uses musical gifts to inspire.

Hyeyoung Song’s Piano Recital is scheduled for Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alkek Fine Arts Center. Admission is free, and doors open a half hour prior to start.

Serving as an artist in residence at Weatherford College, pianist Hyeyoung Song is far from her childhood home in the bay area of South Korea. It was her early-discovered musical talent that has allowed her to share her talents across the globe.

Song was 8 years old when she took her first piano lesson. She picked up skills quickly and found the instrument enchanting.

“I still remember the first lesson so vividly,” Song said. “It was a magical moment for me. I believe every person has their own unique talent and can have that magic moment that will change their life. I was lucky that happened to me.”

It didn’t take long for Song to realize her future was set in the ivory keys. As a teen, Song was mesmerized by the power of music and the overall greatness of art. She felt that being a pianist was her way to make the world a better place. Teaching the piano was part of that calling as well.

“I have taught various students since I was young,” Song said. “Teaching has always been a passionate part of the piano, along with performing. While working as a teaching assistant at UT Austin, my teaching was recognized by the faculty and students. I think it was that period of time that my calling was confirmed.”

Song described, in depth, the joy she receives while playing the piano and the complex and demanding attributes of playing a musical instrument.

“Literally one’s whole being – intelligence, emotion and physical movement – should be involved simultaneously and constantly with the sound in one of the highest forms of art,” she said. “I enjoy every moment of being with the piano and learning new pieces. When I play, I fall in love with the wonderful masterworks by great composers in history. I feel as if I am time traveling and know these composers personally. My job is to make every note live again and translate the composer’s message to the audience who lives today.”

As a mother of two young children, the most challenging part of the piano these days for Song is finding enough time to practice. While neither of her children have had any official piano lessons yet, music is an important part of their lives.

“They are always singing, conducting, improvising and having fun with music,” she said. “My 5-year-old son’s favorite instruments so far are the violin and trumpet, and my 1-year-old daughter’s is the handbell. I always dream that I will play with them in a duo or trio someday.”

Song is no stranger to sharing the piano. She often performs with fellow pianist and good friend Amy Gustafson as Duo Azuel. The duo performed at WC in the fall of 2014.

Song has performed concerts throughout the United States and Korea, and besides the Alkek Fine Arts Center at WC she said her favorite place to perform is New York City because of the energy and excitement of the big city.

“One of the reasons I perform is to be a better teacher, to learn more myself and to be a good model for my students,” Song said, “in that sense, teaching and playing are not that much different for me.”

Song has spent the past 10 years teaching at four different colleges including Weatherford College.

“I love WC and all the great people,” she said. “It has a great facility with the Alkek Fine Arts Center, a beautiful Steinway piano and the people are so supportive of me as a musician. WC is an excellent school in many ways, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Song is preparing for her next piano concert at WC scheduled for this Friday, March 27, in the Alkek Fine Arts Center. Her concert will feature piano pieces from Baroque to 20th century music including pieces by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin and Cowell.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

Song received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ewha Woman’s University where she graduated with highest honors in piano performance, an artist diploma from Texas Christian University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin.

She has won top prizes in several competitions including the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, the International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, the Sydney Wright Accompanying Competition and Ewha University Concerto Competition.


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