The Korean pianist, Hee-Kyung Juhn, was born in to missionary parents. She lived her teenage years in South America, and was later trained in the USA. She attended The Juilliard School (MM) in New York City, where she was a recipient of Van Cliburn Piano Scholarship and Gluck Fellowship, and has participated in music festivals such as Tanglewood, Aspen, Bowdoin, and Yale Piano Summer Institute. At the University of Indiana (DM), she studied with Leonard Hokanson, a pupil of legendary pianist Artur Schnabel.
In addition to her numerous solo and chamber appearances, Hee-Kyung Juhn has collaborated with many outstanding musicians, and has appeared on concert stages in South America (Brazil, Paraguay), Europe (Italy, Belgium), Asia (Korea, Japan) and throughout the USA. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16, playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción.
A versatile pianist, Hee-Kyung Juhn has worked as an opera coach (Centro Lírico del Paraguay, University of Indiana), staff accompanist (Juilliard School, DePauw University), and music director and organist (IU Campus Ministry, UCSB Episcopal Campus Ministry). As an academic, she taught full-time at the Music Department of the University of California in Santa Barbara from 2001 to 2007. She has performed J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) at the University's Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall to considerable acclaim She has also served as associate faculty in Collaborative Piano at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. She is the new Director of Keyboard Studies at Henderson State University.
The American Record Guide praised her recent recording of the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) (MSR Classics), saying that her playing is “sensitive and imaginative” and that she displays “a fine sense of style and . . . command.” Santa Barbara News-Press hailed her performance, saying: “We have a strong new Goldberg contender in the marvelous Hee-Kyung. . . She unveiled the depth and logic of the masterwork.” The New York Concert Review called Dr. Juhn "a top notch, superb pianist . . . technically brilliant, subtle, precise" after her Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) debut with flutist Elena Yarritu.