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Performance of Frederic Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22

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In the fall of 2013, Juyeon Kang recorded this performance of Frederic Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22 in Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel. It was part of Kang’s “Joyful Dance” project, encompassing two recitals and the production of a music CD. This followed an earlier project, “Joyful Noise.” Kang seeks, she has written, “to demonstrate an artistic mastery and spirit at the performance so that everything—sound, nuance, expression, etc.—and everyone—performer, composers, audiences, and God—would all be connected to enjoy the beauty and power of music.”

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Pianist Juyeon Kang, a concert artist and educator, has performed and conducted master classes extensively on four continents and in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica, Austria, Spain, Finland, Italy, Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Korea. She launched a performance career that included her debut solo recital in Boston’s Jordan Hall after winning two first prizes in 1998: the Heida Hermann’s Young Artists Competition and the Josef Hofmann Piano Competition. The latter led to an invitation to perform at the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C., where she presented the Chopin Commemorative Piano Concert on the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death.

Dr. Kang, who presented a solo recital in New York City's Carnegie Hall in 2013, has also appeared as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, including the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Hingham Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. Her performances have been aired on television in Korea and on National Public Radio in New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio and Iowa.

A native of Korea, Dr. Kang holds degrees in piano performance and literature, as well as in pedagogy of music theory.

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