Pianist SooJin Anjou enjoys an astonishingly varied and extensive international career as soloist, chamber musician and partner in diverse interdisciplinary projects. Born in South Korea, she received her training in the United States, Hungary and Germany. She graduated from the Juilliard School as the only person in that school's 109-year history to win both of Juilliard’s undergraduate commencement prizes, for achievement in music and the liberal arts. While still a student, she was prominently featured in Asahi-TV’s documentary “New York, New Yorkers”, which was televised in many parts of Asia and released on DVD. Her main teachers were Ferenc Rados, Klaus Hellwig and Jacob Lateiner.
SooJin Anjou is an avid performer of contemporary music, and composers have been entrusting their work to her since she was 15. She has premiered works by, among others, Valentin Silvestrov, Elena Kats-Chernin and David Del Tredici. In 2019, her world-premiere recording of the complete piano works of electronic music legend Morton Subotnick was released to great critical acclaim (“a magical, beguiling release” — Wire Magazine).
Ms. Anjou also devotes herself with enthusiasm to chamber music, especially with voice: she has received intensive coaching from Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Julia Varady on the lied and opera repertoire. She has a special passion for interdisciplinary projects, creating performances with video artists, dancers and actors. In 2011, Ms. Anjou joined the acclaimed German theater ensemble "Nico and the Navigators", known for their unique improvisation-based Musiktheater, for an acclaimed theatrical version of Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle" ––– a production which toured Europe over four seasons.
As a soloist, she made her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at 16 with Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto. She became known in Europe after winning a prize at the Robert Schumann International Piano Competition (Zwickau, Germany), and is also a laureate of the Orléans International Piano Competition (France). Her broad repertoire includes more than 40 concertos, ranging from Bach to Berio, as well as the complete works of Ravel and the complete Transcendental Etudes of Liszt.
In addition to performing, SooJin Anjou is a dedicated teacher at the Jazz Institute Berlin/UdK Berlin (University of the Arts Berlin) and the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.
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