Accomplished pianist and teacher Yong Hi Moon made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 10 as winner of the National Korean Broadcasting Competition. Ms. Moon has won top prizes in the Elena-Rombro Stepanow Competition in Vienna, the Viotti International Competition in Vercelli, Italy, the Vienna da Motta Competition in Lisbon, Portugal, and also received the Chopin Prize from the Geneva International Competition in Switzerland.
Ms. Moon performs extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the US as recitalist and soloist, having appeared with the Korean National Symphony and the Osaka, Seoul, and Tokyo Philharmonics. In 1975, the South Korean government invited Ms. Moon to perform in a festival to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Korean, and she continues to maintain a strong performing and teaching presence in her native country. To celebrate Mozart’s bicentennial year in 1991, she participated in a cycle of the composer’s complete piano concerti with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997, Ms. Moon undertook the complete solo piano works of Schubert, performing them in six recitals in both Korea and the US. The summer of 2000 marked her first extensive concert tour of Korea, which included solo recitals in five cities and performances with the orchestras of Kwangju and Daejun. Notable among her more recent performances are concerto appearances with the Korean Symphony, Korea Chamber Orchestra, Korea Symphony Orchestra Orchestra, Peabody Alumni Orchestra of Korea, and performances of Beethoven’s monumental Diabelli Variations, both in the US and Seoul.
She collaborates regularly with her husband, pianist/conductor Dai Uk Lee, in duo piano concerts and has performed under his baton with the Busan, Bucheon and Ulsan Philarmonics, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Korea Chamber Orchestra, Peabody Alumni Orchestra of Korea and the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra. In 2009 they performed Olivier Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen in both the US and Korea. Their CD recording of four-hand piano music on the Czech label Music and Art has received outstanding critical acclaim.
Ms. Moon is in high demand as a guest master class teacher and adjudicator. In 1993, she released a popular teaching video in Korea entitled Artistic Piano Playing. Ms. Moon has been a regular faculty member at the Shandelee Music Festival, Aria Academy, Prague International Masterclasses, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Valencia Piano Academy, Rebecca Pennys Piano Festival, and the Art of Piano Festival at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. In addition, she has been invited to perform and conduct master classes at Chautauqua Summer Festival in New York, the International School for Musical Arts in Canada, and the Gijon International Piano Festival. Recently she has given master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Korean National University of Arts. In addition, she is a frequent visitor to Beijing and is scheduled to visit again the Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music in November of 2016.
She has served on the juries of the CCC Toronto International Piano Competition, Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy, Gilmore International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Competition, as well as numerous MTNA competitions throughout the US. In March of 2014, she chaired the jury at Seoul International Piano Competition.
Ms. Moon was a professor of piano at Michigan State University School of Music for fifteen years, and since 2002 she has been a member of piano faculty at Peabody Institute.
Ms. Moon studied at the Vienna Academy, graduating with the highest honors. She continued her studies in London before pursuing an Artist Diploma at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her major teachers include Dieter Weber, Maria Curcio, György Sebok, Leon Fleisher, Wilhelm Kempff and Fou T’song, who have always been inspirations in her work.