Dr. MyungJin Oh
As a classical pianist, MyungJin Oh, is an active performer as a soloist, a chamber musician, and a collaborative artist. She has appeared in numerous recitals and concerts for solo and chamber music in major cities in the United States, Russia, Italy, Austria and Korea, on notable stages, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York, US; Moscow Bolshowii Hall at Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Rachmaninov Hall at Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and Scriabin museum in Moscow, Russia; Young-san Art Hall, Mozart Hall, Munhwa-Ilbo hall, Chopin Hall, and DS Hall in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Oh was selected as a soloist to perform with Russia Moscow State Tchaikovsky Orchestra, Volgagrad Symphony Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, and the concert with Rutgers Symphony Orchestra will be held in 2019-20 season, with a broadcast on WWFM.
She won diverse competitions: Rutgers Concerto Competition; the First Prize Winner of 2017 United Classical International Piano Competition; Rutgers Chamber Music Competition; the Second Prize Winner of Manhattan International Music Competition; the First Prize Winner of New York International Music Concours; the First Prize Winner of Italy Senigalia International Piano Competition for young; and others. Ms. Oh also participated in England Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, Leeds, UK.
Dr. Oh was born in South Korea and started to study music and piano at the age of seven. At her age of twelve, she was selected as a young child prodigy by Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. She entered Yewon School in Korea and went to Russia to study abroad, and she graduated cum laude and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Academic Musical College of the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I.Tchaikovsky. In 2012, she started to study in the United States, and she received her Masters of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, under Dr.Arkady Aronov, and made the Dean’s List for all semesters; and Professional Study Program diploma from Manhattan School of Music and made the Dean’s List for all semesters. During her study of Masters and Professional Study Program, she received full scholarship from Kwan-Jung Scholarship Foundation in Korea. In 2018, Dr.Oh received her Doctorate degree at Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers, New Jersey State University, successfully completing course works with GPA 4.0 and writing dissertation about “Tempo Rubato and Chopin’s Nocturnes”. There, she studied under Dr.Vladimir Valjarevic. In 2019, she is planning to pursue PhD degree in Musicology as a scholarship recipient at Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers, New Jersey State University, serving as Teaching Assistant.
She has studied with renowned musicians in the United States, Russia and Korea. Her major teachers include Vladimir Valjarevic, Paul Hoffman, Arkady Aronov, Hai-Kyung Suh, Byung-Lan Yi, Sergei Dorensky, Natalia Suslova, and Hye-Young Jun.
As an experienced instructor of classical piano, music history, and theory, she believes in three fundamental principles of teaching, which are essential to students’ artistic development: to actively communicate with students and understand their difficulties; to nurture them in an enjoyable and supportive environment; and to carefully create strategies for further development, appropriate to student’s level of accomplishment. She is currently working as Music Curriculum Coordinator at New Dream United Methodist Church in New York, US and piano faculty at Extension Division of Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers, New Jersey State University.