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32nd Annual Beethoven Piano Competition winners recital

April 9, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

The 32nd Annual Beethoven Piano Competition winners recital. Sponsored by former UW-Madison chancellor Irving Shain.

2017 winners are:

Kangwoo Jin
Leah Kang
Alberto Peña-Cortes



Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)
Kangwoo Jin

Sonata in E Major, Op. 109
Leah Kang

Sonata in A Major, Op. 101
Alberto Peña-Cortes

All works composed by Beethoven.

L-R: Kangwoo Jin, Leah Kang, and Alberto Peña. Photograph by Katherine Esposito.

L-R: Kangwoo Jin, Leah Kang, and Alberto Peña. Photograph by Katherine Esposito.


About the performers
A native of South Korea, Kangwoo Jin has won prizes in numerous competitions including the Korea-Herald Newspaper competition and the Eumyoun piano competition in South Korea. Previously at UW-Madison, he also was a winner of the Beethoven Piano Competition, the Shain Woodwind-Piano Duo Competition, and the “Symphony Showcase” concerto com-petition. Kangwoo has performed in many concerts, including a debut concert sponsored by the Chosun Daily Newspaper in Korea. Kangwoo’s musical involvements with the Mead Witter School of Music includes serving as piano instructor with both the Community Music Lessons and Piano Pioneers programs. Since 2015, Kangwoo has also worked as a collaborative pianist with the Summer Music Clinic.

Kangwoo completed his bachelor of music degree at Hanyang University in South Korea, and received a master of music degree as well as a performer diploma from Indiana University, where he worked as an associate instructor. Kangwoo is currently a doctoral candidate and Collins Fellow in piano performance and pedagogy under the guidance of Christopher Taylor and Jessica Johnson at UW-Madison.

Leah Kang is a musician of diverse interests, having earned degrees in biology and public health at UCLA prior to starting her professional studies in music. As a winner of the Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition, her performance was broadcast internationally on SWR Radio of Germany and favorably reviewed in the Schwäebische Zeitung. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and has participated in various music festivals such as the Banff Piano Master Classes and Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum. As a soloist, she per-formed with the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra and the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Chopin’s Concerto No.1 in E Minor. As an educator, she served as associate instructor of music theory at Indiana University Blooming-ton and was on the music faculty of Antelope Valley College and Citrus College in Southern California.

Leah earned her master of music degree and a performer diploma from Indiana Universi-ty-Bloomington under the guidance of Arnaldo Cohen. She is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at UW-Madison, where she studies with Christopher Taylor and also serves as a teaching assistant in piano as well as a community music instructor for the Division of Continuing Studies.

Colombian pianist Alberto Peña is currently a doctoral candidate and University Fellow at the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music, studying with Christopher Taylor. He has been heard in solo, chamber and concerto performances in Latin America, Europe, Canada and the USA, and has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions. Besides commanding a wide and varied solo repertoire, he is a devoted and sought-after collaborator. Alberto has been awarded degrees and multiple honors by the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Southern Methodist University and the Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas (Bogota), where his main teachers were Boris Slutsky, Joaquín Achúcarro and Pilar Leyva. He has also been a scholarship student at many prestigious summer programs, such as the      Mozarteum Sommerakademie, the Accademia Chigiana, Bowdoin, Orford and Domaine Forget.


April 9, 2017
3:30 pm
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