Edward Auer Piano Workshop

Edward Auer Piano Workshop

2019 Faculty


Director and Coordinator
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Edward Auer, Director
Jacobs School of Music
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Junghwa Moon Auer
Coordinator and Faculty
Special Guests

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Jerome Lowenthal

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Veda Kaplinsky
Workshop Professors
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Peter Bithell

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Min Jung Lee


Winston Choi
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Nohee Kwak

Michał Szymanowski

Muhiddin Dürrüoglu

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Eun Jung Shon


 Junghwa Moon Auer

A native of Korea, Junghwa Moon Auer began her piano study at the age of six. She attended the prestigious Yewon Middle School and Seoul Music and Art High School where she was recognized as one of their most gifted students.

After graduating from Yeonsei University in Korea, Ms. Moon came to the United States in 1993 to study at the New England Conservatory, where she obtained her MM degree. She attended the Aspen Music Festival four summers, as well as summer programs in Chautauqua, Luzern, and Prague. At the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati she pursued her DMA, meanwhile winning CCM’s concerto competition, a live radio broadcast on WGUC in Cincinnati, and in Italy won a prize in the Ibla International Competition. During this time she was also invited back to Korea to play in the Kumho Recital Series.

In 2001 Ms. Moon returned home, where she performed frequently in Seoul, Busan and Gwangju and taught in several institutions, including Seoul National University. During this time she performed Beethoven’s Emperor concerto with the Janácek Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Chopin E minor with the Zilina Orchestra in Slovakia and Mozart K. 467 with the Cairo Symphony, the first Korean pianist ever to play in Egypt.

Having attended the Prague Keyboard Institute as a student a few years before, she returned there in 2011 & 2012 as a faculty member. A couple of years later she helped New York’s Young Concert Artists to hold regional Asian auditions in Seoul, and served on their preliminary Jury.

When Ms. Moon came to live in Bloomington in 2006, the Edward Auer Chopin Class had existed for some time as a small annual event. She saw its potential, and, as Coordinator, built it year by year, step by step, into what we have today. Her first innovation was expanding the Workshop’s purview from Chopin to all repertoire. Vigorous recruitment soon brought more and more students from other countries. Outreach concerts as nearby as Meadowood and as far as New York City’s Steinway Hall successfully raised the profile of the Workshop. A solo competition was introduced, with great success. In 2014 the workshop took a gamble on one of Junghwa’s dreams for the Workshop: a concerto competition, with chances for two participants to play a whole concerto with orchestra. In 2015 for the first time at JSoM the entire Workshop streamed and saved in archives, enabling remote participation and incrementally increasing the Workshop’s geographical reach.

Junghwa Moon and her husband Edward Auer have been performing as a duo for the last eight years in many cities in the US, Canada, Hong Kong and Korea. From 2017 she will be joining as an artist faculty member at Roosevelt University.

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Jerome Lowenthal

American pianist Jerome Lowenthal has been a Juilliard faculty member since 1991. He has received prizes in international competitions in Brussels, Bolzano, and Darmstadt, and has appeared with major orchestras in the U.S., including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, National, Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Minnesota. He has premiered solo music by Rochberg, Capanna, Reise, and Rorem’s Piano Concerto No. 3. He has played duo recitals with Denis Brott, Itzhak Perlman, Ronit Amir, and Ursula Oppens.

Lowenthal is a regular participant in chamber music festivals in Sitka, Alaska; Montreal; and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West. He played the New York premiere of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with New York Philharmonic. Lowenthal has made numerous recordings of solo concerto and chamber music repertoire.

Lowenthal studied with Olga Samaroff, William Kapell, and at Juilliard with Edward Steuermann. He also studied with Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique on a Fulbright Grant.

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Veda Kaplinsky

Pianist Yoheved Kaplinsky was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She was a prizewinner at the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C. She has made numerous appearances in recitals, playing chamber music, and with orchestras, as well as on radio and television in Israel and the U.S. She has given frequent lectures and master classes throughout the U.S., Israel, and Korea. Festivals she has played and taught at include Bowdoin Summer Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Pianofest in Long Island, N.Y., the Cliburn-T.C.U. Institute, and Tel Hai Master Classes in Israel. She has served as an adjudicator for international competitions, including the Van Cliburn, Cleveland, Arthur Rubinstein, Dublin, and Tchaikovsky competitions. She received the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award in 2003. She was a former faculty member at Philadelphia University of the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, and Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore from 1989-97.

Kaplinsky studied with Ilona Vincze at the Tel Aviv Music Academy. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard, where she studied with Irwin Freundlich. She also studied with Dorothy Taubman.

Kaplinsky has been a faculty member since 1993, chair of the piano department since 1997, and Susan W. Rose Chair since 2000. She has been a Pre-College faculty member since 1993 and artistic director of the division since 2007.

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Peter Bithell

Peter Bithell studied with Gordon Green at the Royal Academy of Music and subsequently with Guido Agosti in Italy and with Maria Curcio in London.

He won many prizes and awards at International Piano Competitions, notably Busoni (Bolzano), Reina Sofia (Madrid), Paloma O’Shea (Santander), Dudley, Marguerite Long (Paris) and the Rachmaninoff Prize in Italy.

Bithell has played extensively in Europe and South America. He gives regular master classes, notably in Spain, and has served on the juries of several International Piano Competitions. He has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1987.

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Nohee Kwak

Dr. Nohee Kwak is currently an adjunct professor of piano at School of Music, Konkuk University Seoul Korea. She has been invited to teach students in many of the prestigious music institutions such as Seoul National University, Ehwa Womens University, Sunwha Art Middle and High Schools, Seoul Music and Art High School, and Kyunghee University in South Korea. She also has been a festival scholar at major music institutions in South Korea and other countries.

She obtained bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and finished her master studies in piano performance under James Tocco at Indiana University, Bloomington. While in Doctorate program in piano performance at Wisconsin University School of Music, she won Beethoven competition and Dorothy Anderson International Competition.

As a nationally and internationally recognized pianist, she performed in numerous concert halls in Korea, including Sejong Art Center, Gumho Art Hall, Seoul Art Center, Buam Art hall, Kwangju Art Center, Iwon Culture Center, and Chopin Hall. Dr. Kwak has had numerous recitals in various countries including Czech Republic, Hungary, and USA. As a soloist pianist with orchestra, she performed with University of Wisconsin Orchestra, Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, Janacek Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, and Seoul Chamber Orchestra, among others. As a member of Buam Piano Society, she had been invited to perform in concerts in Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, and Rumania.

She actively performs as a member of Piano & Us Ensemble. She is also proud of herself being an inspiring teacher for her young pianists. 

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Michał Szymanowski

One of the most promising Polish pianists of the young generation, Michał Karol Szymanowski was born in 1988 into a musical family. He graduated with honours from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where he studied piano with Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń and symphonic-operatic conducting under Zygmunt Rychert. He honed his skills with Eldar Nebolsin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. At present he continues his piano education as a doctoral student and at the same time works as an assistant lecturer at his alma mater and at the Academy of Music in Łódź.

Michał has won top awards in a number of national and international piano competitions, including the MozARTè International Piano Competition in Aachen (2016), the International Chopin Piano Competition in Daegu, Korea (2015), the Zarębski International Music Competition in Warsaw (2012), the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Piano Competition in Katowice (2011), the Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (2010), the International Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev (2007), and the Polish National Chopin Piano Competitions in Warsaw (2008, 2015). In 2015 he was the highest placed quarter-finalist in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

Michał has given performances in Poland and other European countries (including Germany, England, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and Switzerland) as well as on other continents (in the United States, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela). Of particular note, he has also performed in the Palace of Nations in Geneva, the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican (a concert for Pope Benedict XVI), at Warsaw’s Belvedere Palace for Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, numerous philharmonic halls throughout the world as well as major festivals in Poland and abroad, among them Oficina de Música de Curitiba, Festival Internacional de piano Chopiniana in Buenos Aires, Festival Europeo de Solistas in Caracas, Festival Pianistico di Roma, the Long Lake Festival in Lugano, and the “Chopin and His Europe” Festival in Warsaw, where he brilliantly performed piano concertos by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Józef Wieniawski.

Michał has performed under such eminent conductors as Alfredo Rugeles, Medardo Caisabanda, Jacek Kaspszyk, Antoni Wit, Marek Pijarowski and Michał Dworzyński with, among others, the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Cláudio Santoro National Theatre in Brasilia, the Warsaw, Cracow, Wrocław and Szczecin Philharmonic orchestras, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and the Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra.

Apart from solo repertoire, Michał also frequently performs chamber music, in which his partners are the Silesian Quartet, Erzhan Kulibaev, Benedict Kloeckner, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, Maria Machowska, and many others.

Michał has released two solo albums for CD Accord, featuring compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Józef Wieniawski. The recordings were critically acclaimed. One reviewer wrote: “Uncommon talent and a pianist of great promise.”

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Eun Jung Shon

Eun Jung Shon, a native of Seoul, Korea.  Graduate of  the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where she earned Bachelors degree, Masters degree, Graduate Performer’s Certificate and Artist Diploma on full scholarships.

Since her orchestra debut at age 11 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Shon has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras and won first prizes at numerous competitions in Korea.

After coming to the United States, she successfully expanded her global career by winning many international competitions, including the first prize at the New Orleans International Competition, the St. Charles International Competition, and the Russell Wonderlic Competition as well as other top prizes from the Frinna Awerbuch International Competition, the Five Towns Competition, and the William Garrison Duo Competition. 

Including a performance as a soloist with the orchestra at Musikverein in Vienna, Eun-Jung also had appearances with many of major orchestras in the United States, the Europe and the Asia: the Moscow Symphony, the Prague Chamber, the Wiener Mozart Akademie, the Slovak Radio Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Arcadian Symphony, the Kosice Philharmonic, the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jeonju Symphony Orchestra, the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chungnam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seoul National University Medical Orchestra.

In 2006, as a grand prize winner of the Seoul Arts Center Music Festival Concerto Audition, Shon played with the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony and made the grand finale of the festival. She has been performing in many concerts with orchestras as well as solo recitals and chamber music recitals, including the chamber recital for the concert series of 200th Anniversary of Chopin’s birth, hosted by KBS Class FM. She was also invited as a soloist with the Gangnam Symphony Orchestra for the Children's Concert and with the Korean Symphony Orchestra for the "11AM Concert" at the Seoul Arts Center. Lately she has been invited to teach at various universities in Taiwan as well as summer festivals in Korea. She also played a solo recital in the main hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Besides playing many concerts in Korea and abroad, Ms. Shon teaches at many schools in Korea including Yewon School, Seoul Arts High School and Sunhwa Arts High School.

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Winston Choi

Winner of the 2002 Orléans Concours International and Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition, Canadian pianist Winston Choi is an inquisitive performer whose fresh approach to standard repertory, and masterful understanding, performance and commitment to works by living composers, make him one of today’s most dynamic young concert artists.

Choi maintains an active international performing schedule. In demand as a concerto soloist, orchestras he has appeared with include the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, l’Orchestre Symphony d’Orléans, l'Orchestre National de Lille, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. 

Known for his colorful approach to programming and insightful commentary from the stage, Choi has recently appeared in recital at the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, New York’s Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Kravis Center in Florida, and the “Cicle Grans Solistes” in Spain. Choi performs extensively in France, having played venues such as the Salle Cortot, Lille’s Festival Rencontre Robert Casadesus, the Messiaen Festival, and the Strasbourg Festival.

Frequently in demand throughout his native Canada, he has been awarded numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. His numerous  performances can often be heard on CBC radio broadcasts. Recently, he toured Eastern Ontario and Quebec under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales and embarked on a 10-city Prairie Debut tour of the Canadian Prairie provinces. Choi is currently touring with Bach's epic Art of Fugue. An accomplished chamber musician, he tours regularly with his wife, MingHuan Xu as Duo Diorama, as well as with the ensemble Pivot Chamber Soloists and the Civitas Ensemble. 

As a dedicated champion of contemporary music, Choi has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by young composers as well as established masters. A composer himself, being involved with the creative process is an integral part of his artistry. He was the first pianist to perform Pierre Boulez’s last version of Incises in North America and made the South American premiere of Luciano Berio‘s Sonata for pianoforte solo. He also regularly appears in concert at IRCAM, the world’s most renowned institution for contemporary music. Composers he has collaborated with include William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, Brian Ferneyhough, Bright Sheng, Christian Wolff, Chen Yi and John Zorn. He is also a core member of the new music ensemble Brave New Works and the Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente. His upcoming performances include piano concerti by Jeffrey Mumford, John Melby and Jacques Lenot.

Already a prolific recording artist, Choi’s debut CD, the complete piano works of Elliott Carter  (l’Empreinte Digitale in France) was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine. He has also recorded 2 CDs of the piano music of Jacques Lenot for the Intrada label, having won the Grand Prix du Disque from l’Académie Charles Cros for Volume I. Other labels he can be heard on include Albany, Arktos, Crystal Records, Naxos and QuadroFrame. 

Choi began his studies in Toronto with James Tweedie and Vivienne Bailey. He obtained both his Bachelor and Master Degrees at Indiana University, receiving the Performer’s Certificate studying with Menahem Pressler. Further studies were with Ursula Oppens at Northwestern University, where he completed his Doctorate of Music. An accomplished teacher, he is also in demand as a master class clinician. Previously on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and the Oberlin Conservatory, he is Associate Professor and Head of Piano at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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Min Jung Lee

Pianist Min Jung Lee graduated from Seoul National University. She earned her masters degree from Indiana University and her doctorate from Yale University.

She gave her debut recital after winning first prize in the ChunChoo National Piano Competition. During her years in the United States she won second prize at the Performers of Connecticut Young Artists Competition, the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize and the Charles S.Miller Prize. She performed frequently across the country: in Connecticut, New York, Chicago, Indiana, Virginia and San Francisco.

After returning to Korea she continued her appearances as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous concert halls, and on live broadcast for KBS-FM. Lee maintains an active international performing career in her native Korea as well as in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Switzerland and Poland. She has recorded for the KBS Korean Musicians in the 21st Century CD series, and she has performed with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Symphony, Korean Symphony, Yale Symphony and the Madri Chamber Orchestra in Seoul.

Currently she is a member of the Soma Trio formed with fellow Yale Alumni in Korea. The Trio was awarded the YeEum Prize, winning national acclaim. Sony/BMG recently released a recording by the group, titled Reminiscence; she is now also a member of the Korea Festival Ensemble. In 2017 Min Jung Lee joined the faculty of Seoul National University.

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Muhiddin Dürrüoglu

Pianist and composer, Muhiddin Dürrüoglu started his musical education at the age of eleven at Ankara State Conservatory and began performing solo reci-tals and chamber music concerts at the age of twelve. At eighteen he ente-red the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels and was subsequently admitted to the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel where he received a Virtuosity Diploma with ‘Grande Distinction‘ and continued his musical education at Indiana University in the United States.
In 1991, as a finalist of the ‘European Piano Competition’ he was named Lau-reate of the ‘Nany Phillipart‘ competition. Four years later, he was named Laureate of ‘Fondation Belge de la Vocation‘ and was awarded the ‘J. W. Pelemans Prize‘ in 1997.
Mr. Dürrüoglu has performed around the world and has been accompanied by orchestras on four continents with frequent appearances on television and radio. He has performed in Europe’s leading concert halls including: Flagey and Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Queen Elisabeth Hall (Antwer-pen), Salle Cortot, Les Invalides and Unesco Hall (Paris), Beethoven House (Bonn), Gursenich (Koln), Philharmonie (Luxembourg), Tivoli (Copenhagen) and in prestigious festivals as Beethovenfesr, Lichfield Festival, Festival de Wallonie, Flanders Festival, Istannbul and Ankara Music Festivals, Festival des Forets and Juventus in France.

Passionate about chamber music, Mr. Dürrüoglu’s regular partners include: Graf Mourja, Marc Danel, Ning Kam, Lise Berthaud, Hervé Joulain and clari-netist Ronald Van Spaendonck and renown cellist Marie Hallynck with whom he co-founded The ‘Kheops Ensemble’.
Mr. Dürrüoglu is also an accomplished composer. He has received multiple awards including: the ‘Prix Arthur de Greef’ for his composition Six Preludes (1993) and the ‘Prix Irène Fuerison’ for his composition Nebula (2001) from the Academy of Fine Arts, Letters and Sciences of Belgium. He also received ‘La Coupe de la Création Musicale’ for his piece Contact (1993) from the Paris Lutèce Academy. The Chamber Music Composition competition of Hulste, Belgium also awarded Mr. Dürrüoglu the ‘Prix de Sabam’ for his composition Contact II – Massspace (1996) and the ‘Prix of the City of Harelbeek’ for Varioactivité (2000). Mr. Dürrüoglu also won the ‘Prix de Composition’ of the International Piano Competition of 20th Century Music in Orléans, France for his composition Le Tourneur (2000). M. Dürrüoglu was honoured with the position of ‘Composer in Residence’ to the Juventus Festival (2011) and, today, remains a professor of Chamber Music at the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels where he started teaching in 1992. M. Dürrüoglu’s CD recordings are published under the record labels of Fuga Libera, Pavane, Cyprès, Kalidisc, Talent, Megadisc and René Gailly.

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