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Upcoming Concert

SO Season Finale Concert

Jun. 2, 2024 @ 2:30 PM
San Mateo Performing Arts Center

Jean Ahn, composer


Korean native composer Jean Ahn has been recognized, awarded, and honored by many.  Her compositions have been performed by Oakland Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, UC Davis Symphony, Memphis Symphony (American Composers Orchestra’s Ear Shot), Diablo Valley Symphony, KAMSA Youth Symphony, Ensemble Surplus, Earplay, Enhake, Pianist Lisa Moore among others. She was the guest speaker at Festival of New American Music and was featured at Aspen New Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Oregon Bach Festival, Etchings Festival, Symposium of New Music in Brazil, IAWM, Pacific Korean Music Festival, and College Music Society Conferences.

Commissions include works for the Leftcoast Chamber Ensemble, SF Choral Artists, SF Bach Choir, Volti Chamber Choir, Duo Camaraderie, Locrian Chamber Players, Gayaguem Soloist JUL, and Pianissimo among others.

Jean’s music brings Asian traditional elements into western music. Her piano collection, “Folksong Revisit” and voice collection, “Folksong” are ongoing projects that show her vision to introduce Korean songs and techniques to professional performers in the US. She also uses electronics/computer music to extend the boundaries of traditional instruments.

Dr. Ahn holds A Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and M.A. and B.A. from Seoul National University. She is the director of Ensemble Ari and a Lecturer at UC Berkeley. She also works for AI Music Company, Cool Jamm.

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