Yong Hi Moon
Accomplished pianist and teacher Yong Hi Moon made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 10 after winning the National Korean Broadcasting Competition. Among many awards and prizes Moon has won top prizes in the Elena-Rombro Stepanow Competition in Vienna, the Viotti International Competition in Vercelli, Italy, received the Chopin Prize from Geneva International Competition in Switzerland, and was also a prizewinner in the Vienna da Motta Competition in Lisbon, Portugal.
Moon has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. as a recitalist and with orchestras including the Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo, and Korean National symphony orchestras. She has collaborated with her husband, pianist/conductor Dai Uk Lee, in duo piano concerts in the U.S. and Korea, and has performed under his baton with the Busan Philharmonic. In the summer of 2000, she made her first extensive concert tour of Korea, including solo recitals in five cities as well as performances with the Orchestras of Kwangju and Daejun. Upcoming engagements include Moon’s return to Korea to perform with the Ulsan Philharmonic.
In 1975 Ms. Moon was invited officially by the Korean government to participate in a festival commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Korean liberation, and since 1990 has been regularly invited to perform and give master classes throughout Korea. In 1991 she performed in a cycle of the complete Mozart piano concerti with the Bu-Chon Philharmonic Orchestra to commemorate the composer's bicentennial year. During 1997 Moon performed six all-Schubert solo recitals in both Korea and the U.S. Her discography includes a CD recording on the Music and Art label of Czech four-hand piano music that has received outstanding critical acclaim.
Moon is in high demand as a guest master class teacher and adjudicator. In 1993, she released a teaching video in Korea titled Artistic Piano Playing which has earned great popularity. Moon has been a regular faculty member at Shandelee, Aria, Prague and Bowdoin Summer Festivals. In addition, she has been invited to perform and conduct master classes in Chautauqua Summer Festival in New York and the International School for Musical Arts in Canada.
As an adjudicator, she judged in Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy, Gilmore International Piano Competition as well as numerous MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) related competitions throughout the U.S. and Korea. After teaching at Michigan State University School of Music for fifteen years, Moon joined the faculty of Peabody Conservatory of Music in 2002 where she currently maintains a full-time position.
A native of Korea, Moon studied at the Vienna Academy, from which she graduated with highest honors. She then continued her studies in London before completing her Artist Diploma degree at Indiana University. Her teachers include Dieter Weber, Maria Curcio, Georgy Sebok, Leon Fleisher, Wilhelm Kempff and Fu Tsong, who were always an inspiration to her work.