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Choong Mo Kang
(Teaching Languages : English, Korean)
The Korean-born pianist Choong-Mo Kang is the winner of Dong-A Competition in Korea, Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, Louise D. McMahan Competition and prizewinner of Washington International Competition. Mr. Kang has won plaudits from critics around the world for his acclaimed performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Korea's leading orchestras. His poetic intensity and confident simplicity of true talent captured the audiences in his performances at the Carnegie Hall, The Opera House in Sydney, London, and Oxford.
His honorary performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Russia's revered pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva's death received an astounding reception.

Few undertakings are as stirring as pianist Choong-Mo Kang's five-year endeavor to master and perform Johann Sebastian Bach's entire works for the keyboard. Mr. Kang's startlingly original and audacious attempt is the musical embodiment of genius and undoubtedly an asset to western classical music. His utter absorption in the task of musical expression and his rethinking of Bach is an unquestionable icon of classical music. It is an emblem of uncompromising musical integrity, and none would dispute such designation.

His recent recordings include Bach's "Goldberg Variations," "Inventions and Sinfonias," and "The Well-Tempered Clavier." The great pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher has claimed Mr. Kang's "Goldberg Variations" as "A quite spectacular performance. A notable addition to the 'Goldberg' discography."

A graduate of Seoul National University, he received his master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory, and his Artist's Diploma from Peabody Conservatory. While pursuing his DMA degree at Peabody Conservatory, he was appointed as a member of the Peabody piano faculty.

In 1993, he returned to his native Korea to serve as an eminent faculty member of the Korean National University of Arts where he has trained and cultivated young talented pianists who have won many international competitions. His former and present students have won prizes in such competitions like Van Cliburn, Gina Bachauer, Chopin Competitions in Tokyo and in Moscow, Porto, Juenesses Musicales, Epinal.

He had been also an artistic director of the Euro Music Festival and Academy in Leipzig as well as a faculty member of the Ishikawa Music Festival in Japan.

From September 2011, he will serve as Professor of Piano at The Juilliard School.