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Heasook Rhee

Heasook RheeHeasook Rhee has been a faculty member in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City since 1998. A leading music publisher in the US, Carl Fischer Music published her book “The Art of Instrumental Accompanying” in May 2012. She taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Detmold Musikhochschule in Germany, and gave master classes at universities such as Indiana University in Bloomington, Boston University, University of Houston in the US, Beijing Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, Shenyang Conservatory in China, Taiwan National Normal University in Taipei, Seoul National University, KNUA, Yonsei and Sungshin University in Korea.   As a collaborative pianist, Dr. Rhee has performed with many noted artists of our time, including violinists Ivry Gitlis, Ilya Grubert, the late Mitchell Stern, Peter Zazofsky, cellists Jiri Barta, Marcio Carneiro, Charles Curtis, Karine Georgian, the late Samuel Mayes, Nathaniel Rosen, Jian Wang, Tilmann Wick, tenor Nikolai Gedda, bass-baritone Simon Estes, soprano Youngok Shin, flutist the late Julius Baker and saxophonist Harvey Pittel.   Her performances have taken her to many distinguished concert halls over the world. She has toured in the United States; performing at the Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C., Ann Arbor, and Houston. In Germany, she performed at major venues such as the Schauspielhaus (Konzerthaus) in Berlin, Residenz in Munich, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Baden-Baden, Bremen, Dortmund, Hannover and Regensburg. Tours included St. John’s Smith Square in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, Brussels, Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Melba Hall in Melbourne,  Australia, Canada, Mexico, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Hong Kong and Korea.   She was Congress Pianist at the 1984, 1990 American Cello Congress in Tempe, Arizona which was presided by M. Rostropovich and staff pianist for six consecutive Piatigorsky Seminars in Los Angeles from 1984 till 1993. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Berliner Festwochen, Weilburg Schloss International Festival in Germany, Quincena Musical, San Sebastian in Spain, Festival Musical, Cuernavaca in Mexico, Great Mountain Music Festival in Korea. She recorded on the German label MD+G, radio stations NDR, SDR, BR, SR and SWF in Germany, DRS in Zurich, and broadcasted on WGBH in Boston, WNYC in New York City, and WGTS in Washington DC.   She has taught at summer programs at Burg Feistritz Summer Course, Austria, the Bayerische Musikakademie, Marktoberdorf, Germany, Courchevel International Summer Course in France, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Academy, Leavenworth, WA, and the Castleman Quartet Program, Boulder, CO.   Her students have won international duo & chamber music competitions such as Vittorio Gui in Florence in Italy, Yellow Spring, Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Artur Balsam Duo Competition in the US. Many are actively performing as collaborative pianists or teaching at the Indiana University, Bloomington, Oberlin College, Montclair State University, Rice University, Shanghai Conservatory in China and various universities in Korea.   Dr. Rhee, a cum laude graduate of Seoul National University, studied piano solo with the legendary teacher, Rosina Lhevinne, Jacob Lateiner and accompanying with Samuel Sanders at the Juilliard School. Her doctoral studies in accompanying was with Eugene Bossart at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

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