SEHO YOUNG

pianist · composer

SEHO YOUNG

pianist · composer

ABOUT

Korean-Japanese-American pianist Seho Young is a rapidly emerging international artist, whose breadth of repertoire and fluency in a wide variety of musical genres push the limits of the 21st century performer. He has appeared in venues across the US, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall in Boston, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has given recitals in Japan, Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands. He has performed with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Toruń Symphony Orchestra, and the Princeton University Orchestra. In 2022 he performed in the International Holland Music Sessions New Masters on Tour concert series, giving recitals in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava, among other venues. Seho recently won first prize and the chamber music award at the 2022 Charles Wadsworth Competition in Newnan, GA, where he performed with the Aeolus Quartet. He was a semi-finalist at the 2021 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, and has won top awards at the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Competition, Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. His past mentors include Boris Berman, Francine Kay, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Wha Kyung Byun, and he has received masterclasses from Stanislav Ioudenitch, Tamás Vásáry, Jeffrey Kahane, and William Naboré. He has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School, and International Piano Academy Lake Como. He completed his Masters degree at Yale School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Philip F. Nelson prize, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Northwestern Bienen School of Music, studying with James Giles.

Other engagements as a pianist include musical theater productions of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years and Pasek & Paul’s Dogfight, and music directing Quipfire! Improv Comedy, which often involved completely improvising full one-hour musicals. He has been part of several jazz and rock bands, has produced mixtapes, and has a sweet spot for Christmas songs and Disney ballads. Some of his favorite non-classical artists include Jacob Collier, Porter Robinson, Earth, Wind & Fire, and MAMAMOO.

As a passionate composer and arranger, Seho has written music for ensembles, film scores, and musical theater, and arranged works for piano, chamber groups, bands, and acapella groups. His compositions have been performed in New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Music Festival. In 2012, he won first place in the Japan International Junior Classic Composition Competition, and in 2010 won an honorable mention for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award. During his undergrad he wrote and orchestrated songs for the Princeton Triangle Club, the oldest touring collegiate musical comedy troupe in the United States, where he was also the conductor of the pit orchestra. He has studied composition with Alla Elana Cohen and counterpoint and improvisation with Steve Mackey.

Seho received his Bachelor’s degree in computer science and a certificate in musical performance from Princeton University, where he was the recipient of the Isidore and Helen Sacks Memorial Award. He has worked at robotics startups in the Boston area, focusing on developing software for autonomous vehicle navigation, and enjoys creating mobile apps and websites, including this one. Seho is a nationally competitive ultimate frisbee player, loves to study and play chess, and frequently watches American football, specifically the New England Patriots.

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