Wha Kyung Byun,
Kyung Byun was
born and educated in Korea, where she won several major
competitions and was chosen as one of the most talented young
artists in the country. After she made her debut recital at the
age of 15, she appeared as soloist with major orchestras and
performed throughout her homeland. She graduated from Seoul
National University and was awarded the Presidential Gold Medal.
Since coming to the United States, Byun studied piano at New
England Conservatory with Russell Sherman and chamber music with
Rudolf Kolisch. Her playing has been described by Richard Dyer
as "rapturous" and "poetic."
Since 1979 she has taught at New
England Conservatory and dedicated herself to helping numerous
students in their development as both musicians and human
She is the first recipient from
the piano faculty to have received the prestigious Lesser Award,
which is given to the most distinguished faculty at NEC. Also,
she was the first recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award
from the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts. In 2013 she
received the NEC Preparatory School's Jean Stackhouse Award for
excellence in teaching.
She is widely renowned as one of
the most successful teachers in America. Over the years, her
students have been prize winners in major national and
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta
Kappa, Seoul National University; M.M., New England
Conservatory. Piano with Russell Sherman, Won Bok Kim; chamber
music with Rudolph Kolisch.