Beata Moon

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Beata Moon
Born 1969
Origin North Dakota and Indiana
Occupation(s) composer, pianist, educator
Years active 1977-present
Labels BiBimBop

Beata Moon (born 1969) is a Korean-American classical pianist and composer.


Moon was born in North Dakota and raised in Indiana.[1] She made her musical debut at age 8 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.[2] Moon trained as a pianist at the Juilliard School with Adele Marcus earning both her bachelor's and master's degrees there. She is self-taught as a composer.[3]


Moon's compositions are compared to post-minimalist, but defy a strict definition of genre.[4]

She released Perigee & Apogee in 2001 on the Albany label and Earthshine on her own label, Bibimbop Records in 2004.[5] In 2007, Naxos Records added a CD of her works for solo piano, performed by Moon herself, to their catalog of important 21st-century composers. Her work has been acclaimed by Kyle Gann, Gramophone, Allmusic, and others.

Moon has frequently collaborated with choreographer Henning Rübsam and his company SENSEDANCE. "After Yet Another Fall" (1992), "Dolphins and Antelopes" (1996), "Moonpaths" (1998), "Dinner is West" (2005)[6] and "Tenancy" (2011) are among her commissions for the company. Rübsam choreographed to other works by Moon, including her "In Transit" from 1999 which was used for the choreographer's "Amaranthine Road" (2007).

She also has gained notability for performing a series of "Whodunit?" concerts at such venues as the Kennedy Center, in which the program notes are not provided until the end of the concert.

The Beata Moon Ensemble[edit]

The Beata Moon Ensemble debuted on February 22, 2002 at Columbia University's Miller Theatre with Lara St. John as the featured soloist.[4]


Perigee & Apogee (Jan 1, 2000)[edit]

  • Safari (2000) - performed by Beata Moon/David Fedele/Tom Chiu/Makoto Nakura/Thomas Kolor
  • Piano Fantasy (1998) - performed by Beata Moon
  • Moonpaths (1998) - performed by Beata Moon/Alan R. Kay/Karen Marx
  • Submerged (1999) - performed by Beata Moon
  • Antelope Vamp (1996) - performed by Beata Moon/Tom Chiu/Makoto Nakura/Thomas Kolor
  • Winter Sky (1996) - performed by Beata Moon/Chin Kim
  • In Transit (1999) - performed by Beata Moon
  • Mary (1996) - performed by Beata Moon/Joan La Barbara/Tom Chiu/Danny Mallon
  • Prelude (1996) - performed by Beata Moon

Earthshine (Nov 20, 2004)[edit]

Piano Works (Jun 26, 2007)[edit]

  • Piano Sonata (2006)
  • Submerged (1999)
  • In Transit (1999)
  • Guernica (2003)
  • Inter-Mez-Zo (2006)
  • Tocatta (2000)
  • Ode (1998)
  • Piano Fantasy (1998)
  • Nursery (1996)
  • The Secret (2005)
  • Prelude (1996)


  1. ^ "Beata Moon". WQXR. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Barnett, Rob. "Beata MOON". Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Dave. "Beata Moon". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Gann, Kyle (12 March 2002). "Moon Rising Fast". The Village Voice. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Coogan, Anna (4 June 2013). "Beata Moon: WFIU's Featured Contemporary Composer For June". Arts and Music. Indiana Public Media. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Ortiz, Lori. "Dinner Meets Dance". Gay City News. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 


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