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Praised for her “winning combination of passion, imagination, and integrity” (New York Concert Review) and her “thrilling blend of fury and finesse” (San Antonio Express-News), pianist YOUNG-AH TAK enjoys a remarkable career that has taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea and Japan.
Young-Ah Tak made her New York City debut at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. Subsequently, she has appeared in the United States with the Imperial, Lansing, North Arkansas, Roanoke and Venice symphony orchestras and, abroad with Filharmonia Pomorska (Poland), Oltenia Philharmonic (Romania) and, in Korea, with the Busan, Seongnam and Ulsan philharmonic orchestras and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Other notable performances have been presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New York City’s Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Columbia University and Trinity Wall Street, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series and Ravinia Festival, California’s Music@Menlo, Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts, The Banff Centre in Canada and at major concert halls and international music festivals in her native Korea, including those of Seoul, Busan and Tongyeong. Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), WMFT and LOOP (Chicago), WBJC (Baltimore), WCLV (Cleveland), CKWR (Ontario) and Korea’s KBS.
Active as a chamber musician, Young-Ah Tak has collaborated with violinist Robert Mann, cellist Bonnie Hampton, the Ma’alot Quintet and members of The Florestan Trio. She is also a passionate advocate of contemporary music, and has performed at “Sequenza 21" and at the “Piano Century” concert series in New York City.
Young-Ah Tak has been awarded top prizes in numerous competitions, among them: International Fulbright Concerto Competition (also receiving the Audience Prize), Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, San Antonio International Piano Competition (also receiving the “Best Performance of a Classical Work” award), Germany’s Ettlingen International Piano Competition, Italy’s Valsesia-Musica International Piano Competition and Korea’s Isang Yun International Music Competition.
Having received her training at three distinguished institutions - The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory and The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (from which she received her Doctor of Musical Arts in 2013), studying principally with Leon Fleisher, Russell Sherman, Yong Hi Moon, Wha Kyung Byun and Martin Canin, Young-Ah Tak went on to become a faculty member of the Preparatory Division of The Peabody Institute. Currently, Ms. Tak serves as Artist-in-Residence at Southeastern University in Florida; she also teaches at Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia.
Young-Ah Tak’s debut recording of Judith Zaimont’s Wizards - Three Magic Masters was released by Albany Records to critical acclaim, while her newest CD - an album of Haydn, Schumann, Liszt and Kirchner - is available on MSR Classics.