Jooeun Pak is native of Seoul, South Korea. As a young musician, she held wide array of interest in music and academics. She had an extensive studying in cello performance, conducting, philosophy, history and science. Jooeun started winning major competitions in Korea at the age of 10. She won a number of prizes in national and international piano competitions, including Gold medal in Korean National Piano Competition, Grand Prize in the Kyung Hyang Newspaper Competition, University Concerto competition, Second prize in Chautauqua International piano competition, and Grand prize in Latin American Music Center Competition.
Jooeun made her first American debut, performing Schumann Concerto, Op 54 with a conductor Christophe Chagnard, a founder of Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle. After her debut, Jooeun has been actively performing solo and chamber concerts. In the past, Jooeun also appeared as a soloist in a number of concerts upon invitations, such as Seattle Chopin foundation, and Hope Benefit Concerts sponsored by World Vision to name a few of her favorite. In year 2003, Jooeun had a privilege of performing as a promising Korean-American young pianist in celebration of and Korean immigration 100th year in Lagerquist concert hall in Tacoma, Washington. Upon this particular performance, Korean Times praised her as “a powerful and passionate pianist with technical brilliance,” thus Jooeun gained more recognition from the Korean American community. Jooeun recently gave solo concerts in Seattle, Tacoma, Los Angeles, Torrance, Indianapolis and Bloomington featuring compositions from early atonal period of Schoenberg, Berg and late Beethoven.
Jooeun’s interest in 20th-21st piano repertoire and training in modern ensemble music hasdistinguished her as a versatile pianist. Starting with an astonishingly well-received performance of Michael Gandolfi’s technically demanding “Gepetto’s Workshop,” she has been sought for by renowned and young composers of our time. Recently, she has appeared in Atlantic Music Festival, Castleton Orchestra, IU New Music Ensemble and IU orchestras as a new music collaborator. Her successful collaborations with contemporary composers have recently brought invitations to performances in major cities including New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Upon winning Grand Prize in Latin American Music Center Competition, in collaboration with Colin Sorgi, Jooeun just gave Chicago debut concert in Chicago Cultural Center last October, and recently issued CD featuring pieces by contemporary composers such as Gabriella Lena Frank, Paul Desenne, Miguel Del Aguila and Juan Orego-Salas. The CD is available on I-tunes.
As an avid orchestral pianist, she has worked under legendary conductors including Lorin Maazel, Arthur Fagen, Uriel Segal and David Dzubay. Other collaborative experiences include opera and Ballet accompanying; collaboration with Michael Vernon for his successful choreography premier of Jeux in fall 2009 received a celebratory review on both ballet and music performances by Peter Jacobi, a critic of H-T. Jooeun is a leader of a new concert trend; she appears not only as an inspiring musician but also as a well-trained scholar. Her extensive studies in various fields often accompany each musical performance through different forms of discourse. Jooeun’s concerts featuring mainly modern repertoires find their ways to friendly reach the audience as her lectures enhance an understanding of diverse and convoluted language of modern music. Jooeun is an Artistic Director of “Musik in Progress,” whose goal is to spur performances of living composers and bring rebirth to undiscovered repertoires of substantial composers of 20th century.
After pursuing dual studies in Music and Premed, Jooeun received BM with Cum Laud and Departmental Honor as Phi Kappa Phi graduate from University of Puget Sound, where she entered with full scholarship and was awarded the most prestigious Doc & Lucille Weathers memorial awards. She received MM in Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. Jooeun has participated in private studies and master classes with world-renowned artists such as Lilia Zilberstein, Rebecca Pennys, Claud Frank, Pamela Frank, and Ruth Laredo. Jooeun is currently pursuing Doctor of Music in Piano Performance under the mentorship of the distinguished professor, Manahem Pressler. Her former teachers include Edmund Battersby, Craig Sheppard, and Tanya Stambuk. Jooeun is a sponsored artist by Ruby Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, and a recipient of IU fellowship. She held Associate Instructor position in Secondary Piano Department.