November 17, 2020


Pianist Esther began her music studies at age three and performed in public two years
later. She attended Yewon Art School and Seoul Arts High School in South Korea studying with
Jinwoo Chung and Hee-sung Joo. Performing in major concert venues and music festivals
throughout the country, she was a top prize-winner in numerous competitions, including the Junior
Chopin Competition, the Busan Music Festival Competition, and the EumYoun Competition, and
was the youngest pianist to perform in the Fourth Chopin International Competition in Moscow.
During her first year in the U.S., she won the Boston Symphony Youth Concerts Orchestra
Concerto Competition. As a result, she appeared as a featured soloist at Boston Symphony Hall. She
also appeared in National Public Radio’s program From the Top and was awarded the Jack Kent
Cooke Young Artist Award. Esther won the Harvard Musical Association Competition in 2010.
Esther partook in the Young Artists Piano Virtuoso Showcase at Rockport Chamber Music Festival
and in the International Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig (Germany) as a student representative of
the New England Conservatory. She also participated in Boston Symphony Orchestra’s premiere of
composer Un Suk Chin’s work, and in the avant-garde ensemble directed by Stephen Drury, [nec]
shivaree. In 2017, she won the Eastman School of Music Piano Department’s concerto competition
and played Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Eastman Philharmonia.
Esther was a recipient of the Arnold C. Taylor Award at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, given
to a student with the highest distinction in art and academics. She studied at the New England
Conservatory with full scholarship under the guidance of Wha Kyung Byun, Russell Sherman, and
Meng-Chieh Liu. In her first year of doctorate program at the Eastman School of Music, Esther
studied with Rebecca Penneys. Since her retirement, she is currently continuing her studies under
the tutelage of Douglas Humpherys.