SEPF Alumnus Sean Yeh

Sean Yeh

Sean Yeh

Pianist Sean Yeh has won many awards, including first prizes in the 2009 New Orleans International Piano Competition for Young Artists, the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition at the Southeastern Piano Festival, and the Chicago Steinway Young Artist Competition. He has also won 3rd prize in the 2008 PianoArts National Piano Competition and was a national finalist in both the Yamaha and Baldwin Divisions of the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition.

At the age of 16, Sean made his orchestral debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and has since then performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the South Carolina Philharmonic. He has been invited to perform in the 10th World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Anaheim, California, as well as on radio broadcasts such as WFMT and From the Top. Sean is also an avid chamber musician and has won awards in several competitions including the bronze medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (as a violist).

Sean is currently studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Choong-Mo Kang at the Juilliard School, and his previous teachers include Alan Chow, Matthew Hagle, and Emilio del Rosario.

"One of my favorite and best musical experiences I’ve had was undoubtedly the Southeastern Piano Festival. The unique combination of a competition, lessons with faculty, concerts, and master classes – all within a span of less than a week – was truly amazing.

Among the many things I enjoyed from the experience was the friendly and supportive environment. Even though the participants all worked hard for the competition, they were all very friendly and supportive of one another. Spending just a week with them gave me so much inspiration to not only work harder but also learn more and blossom as an individual. I also greatly enjoyed the exciting concerts by the guest artists as well as the various master classes. As educational as they were enjoyable, they helped make this festival such a wonderful experience. I am glad to have been part of the Southeastern Piano Festival, and it was a great experience that I will never forget."

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