Minsoo Sohn Assistant Professor of Piano

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217 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 355-7659

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Pianist Minsoo Sohn is assistant professor of piano at the Michigan State University College of Music. He has been described by the Boston Globe as an artist, a man who will create a life in music, find listeners, and reward them. Known as a performer with poetic vision and musical intelligence, Sohn continues to garner praise from critics and audiences alike for his masterful virtuosity and for his wide range of repertoire. The latest accolade, published in The New York Times, called his Honens-label recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations a "beautifully articulated, radiant interpretation," and named it one of the top classical recordings of 2011.

Sohn has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Israel at important venues including Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio and St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Boston's Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall and Gardner Museum, Calgary's Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arrata Opera Centre and Rozsa Centre, Vancouver’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Banff Centre's Rolston Recital Hall, Ottawa's National Arts Centre, Chicago's Cultural Center, Cleveland's Severance Hall, San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, Spain's Palacio Festivalle de Cantabria, Israel's Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Mann Auditorium, Brussel's Palais des Beaux Art and Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, and Munich's Gasteig. He has also appeared at New Hampshire's Monadnock Festival, Spain's Santander Festival, Israel's Eilat Festival, Canada's Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Colors of Music festival, Tuckamore Festival, Vitoria Chamber Music Festival, Gilmore Rising Stars Series, and Celebrity Series of Boston.

Sohn has collaborated with leading conductors such as Gilbert Varga, Keith Lockhart, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jane Glover, Yoav Talmi, Goerges Octors, Jahja Ling, David Hoose, Roy Goodman, Andrew Grams, Avner Biron and has performed with orchestras including Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Camerata, Holland Symfonia, National Orchestra of Belgium, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras, among others.

An avid chamber musician, he has performed with Aviv Quartet, Cecilia Quartet and Ysaÿe Quartet and Israel Camerata Woodwind Quintet. In January 2010, he collaborated with Mark Morris Dance Group alongside pianist Russell Sherman and the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music in the Boston premiere of Mozart Dances.

Sohn's notable interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations has been broadcast numerous times on CBC — including the live broadcast of the Glenn Gould 75th birthday commemoration concert — and across the United States on NPR's Performance Today. He made guest appearances at a number of other radio stations, including WFMT (Chicago), WGBH Classical Performance (Boston), the New Classical 96.3FM Live from the Concert Lobby (Toronto), and CBC Live on Studio Sparks (Ottawa). His performance with Boston Symphony Salute to Symphony concert was broadcast on CBS and A&E Channels. Sohn was also featured on Canada's Bravo! channel.

Sohn’s debut recording, Liszt Transcriptions and Etudes, released in the fall of 2008, "brings an elegant intensity while tossing off fearsome technical challenges without breaking stride," wrote the Toronto Star.  The subsequent recording, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, was released to great critical acclaim in 2011. He will be recording Debussy’s twelve Etudes in the Spring of 2014. 

In 2006, Sohn became the First Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition. Prior to that, he was top prize winner of international competitions such as the Busoni, Cleveland, Hilton Head, Rubinstein, and Laureate of Santander and Queen Elizabeth competitions. 

Born in Korea, Sohn began piano studies at age three. He moved to Boston to study with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at New England Conservatory where he recieved his artist diploma in 2004.

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