BM in Piano Performance, The Juilliard School
MM and Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
DMA in Piano Performance, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Praised for her “winning combination of passion, imagination and integrity” (New York Concert Review) and her “thrilling blend of fury and finesse” (San Antonio Express-News), pianist Dr. Young-Ah Tak performs regularly on the stages of major concert venues such as Alice Tully Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A Steinway Artist, her recordings are available on Albany Records and MSR Classics. She serves as artist-in-residence in Southeastern University’s Department of Music, providing master class opportunities for advanced performance students. She enjoys a remarkable career that has taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea and Japan.
Dr. Tak made her New York City debut at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. Subsequently, she has appeared in the United States with the Roanoke, Imperial, Lansing and North Arkansas symphony orchestras and abroad with Filharmonia Pomorska (Poland), Oltenia Philharmonic (Romania), and Seong Nam, Busan and Ulsan philharmonic orchestras and the Korean Symphony Orchestra (Korea). Other notable performances have been presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New York City’s Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Columbia University and Trinity Wall Street, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series and Ravinia Festival, California’s Music@Menlo, Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts, The Banff Centre in Canada and at major concert halls and international music festivals in her native Korea, including those of Busan and Tongyeong. Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), WMFT and LOOP (Chicago), WBJC (Baltimore), WCLV (Cleveland), CKWR (Ontario) and KBS (Korea).
Active as a chamber musician, Dr. Tak has collaborated with violinist Robert Mann, cellist Bonnie Hampton, the Ma’alot Quintet and members of The Florestan Trio. She is also a passionate advocate of contemporary music and has performed at “Sequenza 21″ and at the “Piano Century” concert series in New York City.
Dr. Tak has been awarded top prizes in numerous competitions including International Fulbright Concerto Competition (also receiving the Audience Prize), Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, San Antonio International Piano Competition (also receiving the “Best Performance of a Classical Work” award), Germany’s Ettlingen International Piano Competition, Italy’s Valsesia-Musica International Piano Competition and Korea’s Isang Yun International Music Competition.
Having received her training at three distinguished institutions — The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory and The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (from which she received her Doctor of Musical Arts in 2013) — and studying principally with Leon Fleisher, Russell Sherman, Yong Hi Moon, Wha Kyung Byun and Martin Canin, Dr. Tak went on to become a faculty member of the Preparatory Division of The Peabody Institute and Vermont’s Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival’s Young Artists Program. Currently, Dr. Tak serves as artist-in-residence at Southeastern University in Florida and also teaches at Eastern University in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Tak’s debut recording of Judith Zaimont’s Wizards: Three Magic Masters was released by Albany Records to critical acclaim, while her newest CD — an album of Haydn, Schumann, Liszt and Kirchner — is available on MSR Classics. She is a Steinway Artist and represented by Parker Artists.