Piano Studies at Walnut Hill
Our piano students come to Walnut Hill to immerse themselves in the highest level of study and intense individual practice. Graduates of our program include George Li '13, HaeSun Paik '83, Gloria Chien '95, and Evren Ozel '17.
Through our partnership with the New England Conservatory of Music, students study privately with College and Preparatory teachers including Wha Kyung Byun, Dang Thai Son, HaeSun Paik '83, Jonathan Bass, and Max Levinson.
In recent years, Walnut Hill piano students have won some of the most important international competitions, including the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists. Other first prizes include the Yamaha USASU International Junior Piano Competition, Harvard Musical Association, Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Morningside Music Bridge Concerto Competition, and the Classicalia International Online Piano Competition.
Graduates of our piano program have gone on to study at The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, and Rice University, among other prominent educational programs.
In addition to private lessons, piano students take Piano Seminar with NEC Co-Chair of Piano HaeSun Paik, chamber music, music theory, solfège, and music history, alongside our morning academic program.
Pianists at Walnut Hill have ample performance opportunities, culminating in a solo recital in their Senior year. Recent guest master teachers have included Robert McDonald, Shai Wosner, Meng-Chieh Liu, Andrius Zlabys, and Alessio Bax, among many others.
RECENT ACCOLADES FOR PIANO STUDENTS
Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists
Saehyun Kim ‘24 — First Prize, Audience Prize, Junior Jury Prize
Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition
Seokyoung Hong '25 — Bernice Gressman Meyerson First Prize & Audience Award
New England Conservatory Preparatory School Concerto Competition
Saehyun Kim '24 — First Place
Yamaha USASU International Junior Piano Competition
Seokyoung Hong '25 — First Prize Winner
Andrew Sijie Li '25 — Second Prize Winner
Boston Symphony Concerto Competition
Jinyoung Kweon '23 — First Place
Classicalia International Piano Competition
Andrew Sijie Li '25 — finalist
A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition (Rivers Conservatory)
Jiarui (Gary) Zhou '22 — Second Prize and Bach Prize
Sendai International Music Competition (Japan)
Saehyun Kim '24 — Semifinalist
For a full list of accolades, visit our main Music page.