Ellen Hwangbo, piano
Lauded as an “excellent pianist” (Daily Gazette) and “amazing ... young talent” (Silicon Valley Insider), Ellen Hwangbo is known for her “harmony, energy and elegance” and her ability to deliver “truly potent and dramatic” experiences (Rut- land Herald) that leave her audiences “wanting to hear more” (Times Union). A top-prize winner of the Music Teach- ers National Association’s National Young Artist Competition in 2006, she has performed to great acclaim across Asia, Europe, and North America. She has recently performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall, and appeared as a soloist with the Timisoara Philharmonic in Romania.
As a spirited chamber musician, Ellen has devoted a substantial portion of her career to the collab- orative sphere. She is a member of the award-winning Saguaro Piano Trio based in Los Angeles, and has performed with world-renowned musicians such as Anthony Marwood, Richard Lester, Soovin Kim, Lucy Shelton, Colin Carr, Eduardo Leandro, and Aaron Berofsky, among others. Ellen also been highly engaged in the new music world, collaborating with many composers, including David Ludwig, William Bolcom, Stefano Gervasoni, Jörg Widmann, and Brett Dean.
Ellen began her piano studies with Peter Cooper and continued with Logan Skelton at the Uni- versity of Michigan, graduating summa cum laude. She received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied under luminary pedagogue Gilbert Kalish.