Yoon-Wha Roh, piano


October 13, 2021

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) – Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 (1843)(11′)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – Miroirs No. 4 ‘Alborada del gracioso’ (1905) (6’)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) – Piano Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 (1913;rev. 1931) (20’)

I. Allegro agitato

II. Non allegro-Lento

III. Allegro molto

Praised for her “unexpected splendid and subtlety plus beautiful, refined sound & phrase” (Russell Sherman), pianist Yoon-Wha Roh has been appearing as a celebrated soloist with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New Jersey Garden State Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Sungnam Philharmonic Orchestra, and New York Classical Symphony Orchestra. She has also been featured in Korean monthly music magazines, Eumak Journal and The Piano, for her orchestra performances and interviews. She has won awards and special prizes from Manhattan International Music Competition, National Artists Competition, Bradshaw & Buono Competition, Piano Texas Concerto Competition, and Hakata Fukuoka International Piano Competition among others.

Other notable performances have been presented at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center Bruno Walter Auditorium, Seoul Arts Center IBK and Recital Hall, Aspen Harris Concert Hall, New York Steinway Hall, Jordan Hall, and Barnes Hall in Cornell University. She has appeared in major music festivals including Prague Music Performance, Aspen Music Festival, GMMFS, Piano Texas International Academy & Festival, Schlern International Music Festival, Banff Center, New Paltz International Summer Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and International Keyboard Institute & Festival. Her international appearances include performances in Prague, Italy, Spain, Brazil, and South Korea.

Active as a chamber musician, Roh has served as a pianist in several ensembles such as Palouse Trio, Selway Trio, Cipriani Trio, and Baltimore Trio. She is also active as a clinician and competition judge. She has served as a jury for Manhattan International Music Concours, East Coast International Competition, and New York International Music Concours. Roh has received Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition Award, New Jersey Senator Raymond J. Lesniak Award, and Certificate of Achievement from the Mayor of New Jersey, Bergen County.

Roh holds Doctor of Music in Piano Performance and Literature, with minors in theory and art administration from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She currently teaches at Washington State University as Assistant Professor of Piano. Previously, she has taught at the University of Idaho, Towson University, Phillips Academy of Andover, and New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and Continuing Education. She is an active member of College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association.

B.M., Yonsei University; M.M., New England Conservatory; Performance Diploma, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; D.M., Indiana University.

Principal teachers: Victor Rosenbaum, Alexander Shtarkman, Christopher Harding and Arnaldo Cohen.

Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

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Wednesday October 20, 12:15pm

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