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Faculty Recital at UW-Madison Summer Music Camp, 2017, 2018
Jan. 2019 Radio Ending Segment "Anything Goes" WORT 89.9 FM
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 Op.18 3rd mvt.
Praised for his “refined tone quality with immensely powerful energy” (Chosun Daily Newspaper), Korean pianist Kangwoo Jin is an accomplished pianist who has won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Korea-Herald Newspaper competition and the Eumyoun piano competition. He also performed in the debut concert at the prestigious Sejong Arts Center (Seoul, Korea) in 2005, sponsored by the Chosun Daily Newspaper. He is the recipient of the J. Battista Scholarship for performance excellence at Indiana University and the prestigious Collins Distinguished Fellowship for his doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jin completed his Bachelor of Music degree at Hanyang University in South Korea and earned his Performer Diploma and his Master's of Music at Indiana University where he worked as an associate instructor. Kangwoo is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy under the guidance of Christopher Taylor and Jessica Johnson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In 2016, Jin was selected as the winner of the UW-Madison Concerto Competition and performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 in c minor, Op.18 with the UW Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he was a two-time winner of the UW-Madison Beethoven Competition and has given live performances on Wisconsin Public Radio and WORT FM. Recently he was featured on WISC-TV Channel 3000 and Wisconsin State Journal.
Jin is also an active collaborative pianist. He has won the UW-Madison Irving Shain Woodwind-Piano Duo competition and been named a member of The Perlman Piano Trio by the UW-Madison keyboard and string faculty. Jin has served as a choral and instrumental accompanist for the UW-Madison Summer Music Program since 2015. He is also a pianist with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra and frequently plays in guest artist concerts. With a doctoral minor in Opera Coaching, he served as a rehearsal pianist for the UW-Madison University Opera production of Le Nozze di Figaro. Recently, he worked as a staff pianist for the 2018 National Summer Cello Institute held in Karoga Lake, New York.
As a devoted educator, Jin has been teaching over 15 years and he has taught class piano and applied piano students at Indiana University as an associate instructor. At UW-Madison, he taught Piano Performance Critique and Classical Piano Classes at the Summer Music Program. Jin served as a Vice President of Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter at UW Madison and has presented at international, national, and regional conferences, such as the MTNA Collegiate Pedagogy Symposium, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, and the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. Jin frequently gives master classes in the U.S. and Korea, specializing in working with advanced students.
Jin is currently a faculty member at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music while also teaching piano classes through UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies.