Pianist Soojin Jin is an international sensation being hailed for her sensitive touch, technical command, and astounding versatility. Her performances have generated proclamations that “In this current world of anonymous playing, she will be a pianist the people will REMEMBER!”
Born in Seoul, Korea, Soojin began piano lessons at the age of three. By the age of seven, she won her first national competition and performed a debut recital. Since then, Soojin has continued to win awards in major national and international competitions, including: Seoul National Piano Competition in Korea, American Protégé International Piano Competition, and Metropolitan International Music Competition.
Soojin’s performances as an acclaimed soloist have spanned many major venues throughout the world, including those in Korea, Indonesia, Germany, Czech Republic, and Italy. She has appeared as soloist with the University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra under Robert Boardman, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra under Uri Segal, and University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra under David Neely. Recent concerts include Carnegie Hall, Kauffman Center, Lied Center, and Basilica di San Pietro in Italy.
An advocate of new music, Soojin has worked with many prominent living composers such as William Bolcom, Don Freund, and Emile Naoumoff. She displays a particular interest in Emile Naoumoff’s compositions. Soojin’s doctoral document, “Perfume of the Soul: Compositional Influences of Emile Naoumoff” examines four different periods from Naoumoff’s compositional life with analysis of representative pieces from each period. She is currently recording a new CD of Emile Naoumoff’s compositions.
Soojin holds a Doctor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Steven Spooner. During her doctoral studies, she held a Teaching Assistant position in the Piano Department, was on the Student Council for the Piano Department, and was the director/faculty in the University of Kansas Community Music School. Soojin earned her Master of Music at Indiana University with Emile Naoumoff, while serving on the faculty as an assistant instructor at the Young Pianists Institute, a pre-college piano program at Indiana University. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Logan Skelton.
Recently, Soojin served as Assistant Visiting Professor at the University of Kansas, teaching graduate and undergraduate piano lessons. She is currently the artistic director/faculty at the Piano Academy of Kansas City.