13. Edward and Junghwa Moon Auer, piano

Sunday, June 26th, 2022 @ 7pm


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Sunday Evenings at Klavierhaus
Joe Patrych, artistic director

presents

13.
 

Edward and Junghwa Moon Auer, piano

Sunday, June 26th, 2022 @ 7pm

Live at Klavierhaus
790 11th Avenue
New York, NY 10019


Livestream: YouTube

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Franz Schubert
Lebensstürme, D. 947
Rondo in A Major, D. 951

Robert Schumann 
Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66

Edward Auer & Junghwa Moon Auer, piano

~ Intermission ~

Frédéric Chopin
Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58
 
Edward Auer, piano

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Edward Auer's musical career began in his childhood in Los Angeles, where he won competition prizes, presented solo and chamber concerts, and gave guest performances on television programs. As a student at the Juilliard School, Auer won the yearly concerto competition; he made his New York début with a recital at Carnegie Hall. In 1965, he was the first American to win a prize at the Seventh International Chopin Competition in Warsaw; this was followed by successes at the Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Concours Marguerite Long, and Tchaikovsky Competition, the last garnering him an invitation to the White House.

With a performance career spanning over 30 countries on five continents, Auer has given numerous solo recitals and concertos with top international orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Paris Orchestre Philharmonique, and Berlin Radio Orchestra. He has appeared at prominent international festivals including Salzburg, and served as a juror for the International Chopin Competition and Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, among many others.

For nearly 40 years, Auer has taught at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington; he has held guest professorships at Toho Gakuen and Seoul National University. He initiated the Edward Auer Piano Workship in 1995, expanding it in 2007 into an annual international festival. Known for his recordings of Chopin’s works, he is currently preparing the Mazurka Project; previous releases include the Preludes, Waltzes, Ballades, Nocturnes, Scherzos, and Concertos.

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A native of Korea, Junghwa Moon Auer began her piano study at the age of six. She attended the prestigious Yewon Middle School and Seoul Music and Art High School where she was recognized as one of their most gifted students.

After graduating from Yeonsei University in Korea, Ms. Moon came to the United States in 1993 to study at the New England Conservatory, where she obtained her MM degree. She attended the Aspen Music Festival four summers, as well as summer programs in Chautauqua, Luzern, and Prague. At the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati she pursued her DMA, meanwhile winning CCM’s concerto competition, a live radio broadcast on WGUC in Cincinnati, and in Italy won a prize in the Ibla International Competition. During this time she was also invited back to Korea to play in the Kumho Recital Series.

In 2001 Ms. Moon returned home, where she performed frequently in Seoul, Busan and Gwangju and taught in several institutions, including Seoul National University. During this time she performed Beethoven’s Emperor concerto with the Janácek Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Chopin E minor with the Zilina Orchestra in Slovakia and Mozart K. 467 with the Cairo Symphony, the first Korean pianist ever to play in Egypt.

Having attended the Prague Keyboard Institute as a student a few years before, she returned there in 2011 & 2012 as a faculty member. A couple of years later she helped New York’s Young Concert Artists to hold regional Asian auditions in Seoul, and served on their preliminary Jury.

When Ms. Moon came to live in Bloomington in 2006, the Edward Auer Chopin Class had existed for some time as a small annual event. She saw its potential, and, as Coordinator, built it year by year, step by step, into what we have today. Her first innovation was expanding the Workshop’s purview ARTIST BIOGRAPHY Junghwa Moon Auer from Chopin to all repertoire. Vigorous recruitment soon brought more and more students from other countries. Outreach concerts as nearby as Meadowood and as far as New York City’s Steinway Hall successfully raised the profile of the Workshop. A solo competition was introduced, with great success. In 2014 the workshop took a gamble on one of Junghwa’s dreams for the Workshop: a concerto competition, with chances for two participants to play a whole concerto with orchestra. In 2015 for the first time at JSoM the entire Workshop streamed and saved in archives, enabling remote participation and incrementally increasing the Workshop’s geographical reach.

Junghwa Moon and her husband Edward Auer have been performing as a duo for the last 10 years in many cities in the US, Canada, Hong Kong and Korea. From 2017 she joined as an artist faculty member at Roosevelt University.

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