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Young-Ah Tak

  • Pianist

Biography

Young-Ah Tak’s 2011-2012 season includes a New York recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and performances with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Venice Symphony Orchestra (Florida) and SungNam Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea) along with solo recitals in Sarasota, Lakeland and Baltimore. Ms. Tak has been a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Filharmonia Pomorska (Poland), the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Oltenia Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, and the Ulsan and Busan Philharmonic Orchestras in Korea.  Her solo recital appearances have been presented at the Tongyeong and Busan International Music Festivals in Korea, the Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, the Fayetteville Arts Festival, the Catonsville Concert Series, the Trinity Wall Street Concert Series, and Columbia University.  An active chamber musician, Ms. Tak has collaborated with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, the Ma’alot Quintet, and members of the Florestan Trio.  In addition, her performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WBJC (Baltimore), WCLV (Cleveland), KBS (Korea), and the LOOP (Chicago’s cable station).  

An advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Tak has performed at Sequenza 21 and at the Piano Century concert series in New York, and her debut recording of Judith Zaimont’s Wizards was released by Albany Records to great critical acclaim. Ms. Tak has taken top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the San Antonio International Piano Competition (where she also received the “Best Performance of a Classical Work” award), the Isang Yun International Music Competition (Korea), the Valsesia-Musica International Piano Competition (Italy), the Ettlingen International Piano Competition (Germany), the International Fulbright Concerto Competition (where she also was awarded the Audience Prize), the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, and the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition.

Ms. Tak currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Southeastern University in Florida and has served on the faculty of the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Institute and the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival’s Young Artists Program. Ms. Tak has received her training at The Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, and the Peabody Institute the Johns Hopkins University.  Her principal teachers have included Leon Fleisher, Yong Hi Moon, Russell Sherman, Wha Kyung Byun, and Martin Canin.  Most recently, Ms. Tak’s solo CD has been released from MSR Classics.