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Biography

     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 in 2002 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 at Juilliard, she was a recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship and, having won the school’s annual concerto competition, performed Mozart's Piano Concerto K. 482 with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Otto-Werner Mueller. 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.  After private studies with Ferenc Rados in Budapest, she completed her Diplom and Konzertexam at the Berlin University of the Arts as a pupil of Klaus Hellwig, with a minor in fortepiano.

 

    SooJin Anjou is an avid performer of contemporary music, and composers have been entrusting their work to her since she was 15.  As a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, she premiered or performed works by, among others, Valentin Silvestrov, Elena Kats-Chernin and David Del Tredici.  She was soloist with the Ensemble in Lee Hyla's Piano Concerto No.2, at Alice Tully Hall.  In 2010, she commissioned and premiered new works by three composers to commemorate the bicentennial of the births of Schumann and Chopin.  In 2018, her world-premiere recording of the complete piano works of Morton Subotnick will be released on the Mode label.

 

     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, and was the musical director of the first German-language production of Moises Kaufman’s play “33 Variations”, which premiered at the Renaissance-Theater Berlin in 2010.  To date, she has performed this play nearly 100 times.  In 2011, Ms. Anjou joined the acclaimed German theater ensemble "Nico and the Navigators", known for their unique improvisation-based Musiktheater, to create an acclaimed staged version of Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle"-- a production which toured Europe until 2015.  

 

     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 30 concertos, ranging from Bach to Berio, as well as the complete works of Ravel and the complete Transcendental Etudes of Liszt. 

 

     SooJin Anjou teaches at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK Berlin).

 

 

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