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Hwayoung An

Instructor in Music
Instructor in Music HwaYoung An


M.M. Yale University

D.M.A. Boston University

Artist's Diploma Colburn School

B.M. Seoul National University


Pianist HwaYoung An was born in Seoul, South Korea, and began her piano studies at the age of four. 

Ms. An received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University before moving to the United States to continue her music studies. She received her Master of Music degree with full scholarship and stipend from Yale University School of Music and her Artist Diploma from The Colburn School with full scholarship as well. Ms. An studied under instructors Kwi-Hyun Kim, Peter Frankl, and Ory Shihor. In May of 2019, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a full scholarship recipient at Boston University while studying under professor Pavel Nersessian, and also serving as a teaching assistant.

In Summer 2018, Ms. An performed a solo recital at Ehrbar-Saal, as a Grand Prix winner at the 9th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria. In 2017, she won second prize and the audience prize at San Jose International Piano Competition and received the second prize and audience favorite prize at Seattle International Piano competition. In 2016, she performed Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concert with Boston University Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the soloist competition and earned first prize from Richmond Piano Competition in Boston.

Her debut recital was in 2014 in Seoul, Korea at Kumho Art Hall as a winner of the Kumho Foundation Young Artist Series Audition. In 2013, she was a finalist of the 32nd Delia Steinberg International Piano Competition in Madrid, Spain. That same year was invited to participate in “The Pianofest in the Hamptons” in East Hampton, New York, and performed her solos in various venues around the Hamptons area. 

Besides solo playing, as a dedicated chamber musician, she has attended “Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School” and “Sarasota Music Festival”, where she was selected by faculty members to perform with her ensemble at Sarasota Opera House. In Summer 2019, she was a staff pianist for Tuba/Euphonium and Trombone workshops at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. 

In addition to her work at Phillips Exeter Academy, Ms. An also serves as a staff pianist at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.