Pianist Yejin Noh won the Jacobs School of Music Rachmaninoff concerto competition January 18. She will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, with the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fagen, February 1 at 8pm in the MAC.
“I am very excited to play this piece with the Symphony Orchestra,” said Noh. “It is one of my favorite concertos and was challenging to learn, and I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to perform it. I’d also like to thank my mentor/professor Arnaldo Cohen, who has been a wonderful source of support and guidance.”
Noh was born in South Korea and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Jacobs School. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2009.
Both in Korea and in the United States, she was the prize winner of numerous competitions, such as the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Music Competition, Sung-Jung Music Competition, Su-Lee Music Competition, NSAL 2011 Instrumental Music Competition, Indianapolis MMC Scholarship Competition, Indiana University Travel Grant Competition, 2011 Washington International Competition for piano, and the 61st Wideman International Piano Competition.
Noh has performed in several cities in Korea, in Berlin, and in the USA. She also has appeared with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), Seoul National University Orchestra, and KBS Philharmonic Orchestra. Her concert with KBS Philharmonic Orchestra was broadcast on television in June of 2009.
She is currently studying with Arnaldo Cohen and formerly studied with Hee-Sung Joo and Seung-Hye Choi.
The runner-up in the competition was Yoon-Wha Roh, also a student of Arnaldo Cohen.