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Kyung-Eun Na

Postdoctoral Scholar; Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Chamber and Collaborative Music)

Biography

Pianist Kyung-Eun Na is a postdoctoral scholar and visiting assistant professor of chamber and collaborative music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

She has cultivated a multi-faceted music career not only as a performer, but also as an educator, opera coach, and music director for numerous concerts and radio program. Recently she has been appointed the Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano in the inaugurated Department of Chamber and Collaborative Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to this appointment she had served as Assistant Professor of Collaborative Artist at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and as adjunct faculty at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Seoul Arts High School and Sungshin Women’s University in Korea. Before entering academia, she worked at Virginia Opera as a Spectrum Resident Artist Coach and Education Tour Manager for the 2008–09 season’s three main stage productions, playing for staging rehearsals, conducting the off-stage chorus, coaching the cover casts, and leading outreach tours to approximately one hundred public schools in Virginia. Beyond performing and teaching she has served as an assistant program director for The Classical Collection at TBS English FM in Korea.

As a winner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation competition 2007, Na was featured in recital tour projects and master classes with emerging vocalists under auspices of the foundation collaborating with Nadine Sierra and Brenda Rae to name a few. She has served as a coach and pianist in multiple opera productions at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, the Music Academy of the West, Aspen Opera Theater Center, and International Music Academy at Siena, Italy.

Her chamber music credits include performances with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently her recital tour with stellar violist Matthew Lipman was presented by the National Federation of the Music Clubs, and the performances were given in five different venues throughout the state of Arkansas. Committed to new music, she has frequently performed as a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble at the Focus Festival. Highlights of her contemporary music performances include collaboration with John Corigliano on his Sonata for Violin and Piano, and appearance as soloist in the New Juilliard Ensemble’s New York premiere of Mary Finsterer’s Concerto Grosso “NYX”.

In other capacities, she has been serving as the official pianist for both the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Arkansas District and the Kristin Lewis Foundation National Competition and currently teaching as a faculty member at the Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts during the summer season.

Her collaborative performances include recital tours and opera gala concerts with instrumentalists and vocalists at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Town Hall and Merkin Hall in New York; Finney Chapel, Oberlin, OH; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Harrison Opera Center and Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; and Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City. Internationally, she has performed at St. Agostino Chapel, Siena, Italy; the Korean Embassy, Brasilia and Amazon Theater Opera House, Manaus, Brazil; George Tong Galleries in Beijing, China; as well as at the Seoul Arts Center and Sejong Cultural Center, Seoul, among other venues in major Korean cities.

Na is enthusiastic about reaching out to audiences with limited access to public performance venues, especially residents of Alzheimer centers, children’s hospitals and nursing homes. She currently serves on the board of Innovative Bridge (EnoB), a non-profit organization, which specializes in providing outreach concerts for disenfranchised populations. Through the organization, she has created interactive performances at senior centers and K-12 schools in the greater New York area and regionally, she demonstrates her enthusiasm about connecting with all audiences. Recently she has been enjoying her works as music director for several concerts, creating innovative and interdisciplinary programs, from a concert of vocal chamber music repertoire, to cabaret-themed works.

Na received her doctorate in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music, a master’s degree in collaborative piano from The Juilliard School, an Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory, and a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Yonsei University in Korea.

She is a Si-Yo Artist.