B i o g r a p h y
Born and raised in the United States, Eugenia spent her formative years in South Korea, where she attended the Yewon Arts School and Seoul Arts High School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music with Nelita True, and a master's degree at Northwestern University in Piano Performance under James Giles, where she recently completed the doctoral degree in Piano Performance with program honors.
Eugenia has given solo performances in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago WFMT, and Chicago Symphony Center, to auditoriums in Bangalore, India and Ben Gurion University in Sde Boker, Israel. Also, a passionate lover of chamber music, she frequently collaborates with student and professional artists in the Chicago area and beyond. In 2009, Eugenia toured rural parts of Eastern Washington State playing solo and chamber outreach concerts to the local children at 11 public schools.
A special interest of Eugenia has revolved around rethinking concert presentations of classical music. This led to her participation in the "Performance Today" winter residency workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada (2015), and culminated in her dissertation project, “Reinterpreting the Classical Music Market Crisis: An Opportunity to Reimagine Creative Presentations.” The project is intended to challenge classical musicians to reconsider their roles as cultural ambassadors, educators, and thinkers by considering ways to more effectively connect with non-concert-attending audience demographics.
She is the recipient of the Nerenburg Award from the 2010 Musicians Club of Women Scholarship Competition and has won top prizes in competitions including the Northwestern University Concerto Competition, Pauline Lindsey Piano Competition, Thaviu-Isaak Piano Competition, MTNA Young Artist Competition, Seattle Ladies Music Club Competition, and was invited to National YoungArts Week as result of being a winner of the YoungArts competition of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Art.
An avid traveler, Eugenia has spent her summers at numerous festivals worldwide including the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York, Tel-Hai Master Classes in Israel, Beijing International Music Festival in China, Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, Pianofest of the Hamptons, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Piano Texas Festival, Heifetz International Music Festival, and Adamant School of Music, among others.
Currently serving as Director of Piano Studies at the University of Chicago, she is also on the faculty of Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL, and the Music Institute of Chicago. When not at the piano, Eugenia enjoys reading and writing at cafes, drawing and painting, learning new languages, and salsa dancing.
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