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Dr. Sarah Hyokyung Ha

Piano Faculty

Pianist Sarah Hyokyung Ha made her solo debut at age fourteen in the ‘Young Musicians Concert’ in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Since then, she has performed solo and chamber music recitals in national and international venues, such as Jordan Hall in Boston, Manaus Opera House in Brazil, Alexander Girardi Hall in Italy, Salle Cortot in Paris, and concert halls in her native South Korea. She was recently invited as featured soloist performing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with Chernivtsi Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine. 

Dr. Ha has performed and participated in international music festivals, such as Orford Academy, PianoSummer at SUNY New Paltz, Classics Abroad Paris Piano Program, as well as the Dino Ciani Festival in Italy. Dr. Ha is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including New York International Artists Competition, New York Music Competition and the Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition among others. 

In addition to her activities as a soloist, Dr. Ha is an avid chamber musician and regularly collaborates in chamber music recitals in the greater Cleveland area. She has also participated in seminars and master classes through the Advanced Piano Trio Program at Cleveland Institute of Music with esteemed guest artists, such as Jamie Laredo, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Astrid Schween, and Ani Kavafian. 

A native of South Korea, Dr. Ha began her piano studies at age four. She attended the Pre-College Division at The Juilliard School and the Korean National University of Arts to further her pursuit of music. Dr. Ha holds degrees from New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned her Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Her principal teachers include Daejin Kim, Alexander Korsantia, Julian Martin, Alexander Shtarkman, and HaeSun Paik.

Alongside her performing career, Dr. Ha is also a committed piano teacher and has served as faculty at the Avon School of Music and a Virtual Learning Assistant at Cleveland Institute of Music. 

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