JOOEUN PAK, Pianist
Hailed as a “profoundly musical artist with poetic temperament with exceptionally expressive and communicative gifts and highly accomplished technique,” JOOEUN PAK has appeared in major concert venues as a soloist, chamber musician, and a champion of contemporary music giving performances in major cities in the U.S., Korea, Italy, Jordan, and Germany including Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, NY, Terrace Theatre in Kennedy Center in D.C, Armstrong hall in Torrance, Bennet Gordon hall in Ravinia, Al Hussein Cultural Center in Jordan, Theatre Vipiteno in Sterzing and was streamed in Chicago radio station WFMT as featured artists of Ravinia Steans Intitute.
Being a winner of national and international competitions, Pak is also a highly demanded collaborative pianist and a chamber musician, appearing in concerts with winners of the renowned international competitions, including the Metropolitan National Council Audition, and the Tchaikovsky International Competition. As a versatile and sought-after collaborative pianist, Pak formerly worked as a collaborative pianist in Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Atlantic Music Festival, and Indiana University String Academy. As an orchestral pianist, she has performed major orchestral repertoires under legendary conductors including Lorin Maazel, Arthur Fagen and Robert Abaddo.
Pak is an advocate of creative interdisciplinary projects while actively commissioning and giving world premiers of compositions of our time. Her extensive collaborations with leading living composers include world and local premiers of works by Don Freund, Cherise Leiter, and Caroline Kyunga Ahn, amongst many. Upon winning the Grand Prize in the Latin American Music Competition, Pak released a CD featuring compositions by Latin American contemporary composers including Gabriela Lena Frank and Miguel del Aguila, with a violinist Colin Sorgi.
A newly released CD "Walk Out With Me", in collaboration with Patricia Surman features group of American composers David E. Farrell, Lauren Bernofsky, Amanda Harberg and Daniel Dorff.
Pak was formerly a full-time lecturer in piano in Towson Univ., Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano in the Univ. of Puget Sound, Associate Instructor in Indiana Univ., Jacobs School of Music, Performing Artist and Faculty in Orfeo Music Festival, and a Music Faculty in American Academy of Jordan Summer Music Festival. Pak has given master classes nationally and internationally, and was heard in National Conservatory of Music in Amman, and Stetson University, Western Connecticut State University, University of Northern Colorado, Anderson University, Providence College, Western Colorado University, Biola University Conservatory of Music, and Steinway Gallery in Miami, FL in recent seasons. Pak is currently an Associte Professor of Piano and a Director of Keyboard Studies at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, as well as an artistic director of MSU Denver Piano Celebration.
Pak’s students have been recognized as winners of a number of competitions including MTNA state competition, Steinway competition, and MSU Denver concerto competition. For three consecutive years in 2017, 2018 and 2019, she was awarded Steinway’s Top Teacher’s Award. Currently Pak is actively involved in professional organizations such as MTNA, CSMTA, DAMTA, and College Music Society Rocky Mountain Chapter, and holds the position of CSMTA Concerto Competition Chair. Pak is also serving as a board member of Colorado Wind Ensemble, and is a member of American Honor Society of music students and professors, Pi Kappa Lamda
Pak received Doctor of Music in Piano Performance and Literature with minors in theory and chamber music under the mentorship of distinguished professor Manahem Pressler, a founder of the renowned Beaux Art Trio, to whom she also served as a teaching assistant. Pak’s study was supported by Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Doctoral Fellowship, which was awarded for academic and performance excellence.