Dr. Eun Suk Cha

Dr. Eun Suk Cha, a passionate and prolific pianist from South Korea, has concertized in renowned venues across the United States, Europe, and Korea. She has performed for the Winners’ Recital of the National Artists Competition at Lincoln Center, NY, United States; Kresge Hall at Carnegie Mellon University, PA, United States; Jessen and Bates Halls at the University of Texas at Austin, TX, United States; Sala dei Notary, Perugia, Italy, at the Music Fest Perugia; Winner Saal, Salzburg, Austria, for the Akademie Konzert at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy; Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Universal Arts Center, and Yurim Art Hall, Seoul, Korea. In 2018, she will perform at the Bates Hall at the University of Texas at Austin, TX, and the Stoughton Opera House, WI, United States.

As a versatile artist with theoretical and technical expertise in classical music, Eun Suk has a broad repertoire including solo, concerto, and chamber works ranging from Baroque to 20th-century music. Her perspectives on 20th-century music, as presented in her thesis “Charles Ives’ Paradoxes in the Three-page Sonata,” earned high praises from internationally-acclaimed music theorists such as Profs. E. Antokoletz and B. Glenn Chandler. She has performed concerti with the Parlarte Symphonic Orchestra, Perugia, Italy, conducted by Dan Wen Wei; Yonsei University Orchestra, Seoul, Korea, conducted by Sang-Jin Kim, as a Concert Competition winner; and Sunhwa Arts School Orchestra, Seoul, Korea, conducted by Kwang Yu, also as a Concert Competition winner. Eun Suk has won a number of notable prizes at various national and international competitions, including the Second Prize from National Artists Competition, NY, United States; the First Prize from the 6th Competition of the Piano Society of Korea, Korea; the Second Prize from Brahms Competition, Korea; and the Third Prize from Sunhwa Chamber Music Competition, Korea. In addition, she has won several scholarships from the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, NY, United States, the Malinin Fedkina Internatinale Sommer Meisteklasse, Germany, Carnegie Mellon University, and Society of Lee Sumie, Korea. Notably, she was an honorable recipient of A David Renner Endowed Presidential Academic Excellence Scholarships.

Eun Suk was born in Seoul, Korea, and started honing her performance skills at Sunwha Arts School in 2003. Her formative studies took place at Yonsei University, Korea, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in 2008 and a Master of Music degree in 2011 under Prof. Keum-Bong Kim. After she moved to the United States, she was supervised by Profs. Sergey Schepkin and Enrique Graf for her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University, and achieved Pedagogy skills with Prof. Hanna W. Li. Thereafter, she studied with Profs. David A. Renner and Andrew A. Brownell at the University of Texas at Austin for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree until 2017. During her doctoral training, Eun Suk achieved profound insights and understanding of the 20th-century musicology under the mentorship of Prof. Elliot Antokoletz.