Klara Min

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Klara Min
Born Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Occupation Classical pianist
Korean name
Hangul 민유경
Revised Romanization Min Yugyeong
McCune–Reischauer Min Yugyŏng

Klara Min is a Korean-born classical pianist. A native of South Korea, Min has been concertizing in North America, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and her native South Korea in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Barge Music, Gasteig Hall in Munich, Berlin Philharmonie Hall in Berlin, Germany and KBS Broadcast hall in Seoul, Korea.


Born into a musical family in Seoul, South Korea. Min started her first piano lesson with her composer mother. She received her musical education at Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School and continued her studies at Manhattan School of Music. Min received a Bachelor's degree with Solomon Mikowsky and a Master's degree with Byron Janis. She has Aufbaustudium (Konzertexamen) at Luebeck Musikhochschule in Germany with James Tocco.[1]


A native of South Korea, Klara Min made her New York recital debut in 2002 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in which she performed the US premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Piano Études (selections). Min has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe as well as in her home country of South Korea, in some of the world’s most important concert venues. Such venues include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City, Gasteig in Munich, Berlin Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Wigmore Hall in London and KBS Broadcast Hall in Seoul. She has performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, sinfonie orchester berlin, Hamburger Kammerphilharmonie, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, New York Sinfonietta, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and the American Chamber Orchestra. She established NYCA as a modern-day realization of Robert Schumann’s Alliance of David (Davidsbund), a spiritual fraternity of creative minds that supports and promotes young artists internationally through concert series and collaborations with other organizations.

Klara Min’s first album Ripples on Water features modern Korean piano music; it was released on Naxos and complimented for “mak(ing) every note count” (Allmusic). Her second release of a selection of Chopin’s Mazurkas was released on Delos. The American Record Guide selected the album as one of six critics’ choices in 2013 raving that “her dynamic control is out of this world”. Both albums are frequently broadcast on WQXR/WNYC radio stations. Min’s future recording engagements include a CD of Chopin and Scriabin for the Steinway & Sons record label and two further CDs for Delos, one featuring Piano Concertos by Beethoven and the other titled Fosteriana with character pieces by the American composer Henry Martin based on Stephen Foster's songs.

Klara Min was the recipient of a Samsung scholarship. She is a Steinway Artist and is based in Berlin and New York.


Min has been a piano faculty member at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and an assistant teacher at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.


Min is a recipient of the Samsung scholarship.

Other competition prizes have included a Grand Prize at the IBLA Grand Prize International Competition, Best Performance of Mozart at the Viotti-Valsesia International Piano Competition in Italy, and a top prize at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati.

Min's performances have been praised by New York Concert Review as "a lovely, nuanced tone, genuine expressiveness, excellent technique, exuberance and vitality" and by Polish newspaper Przegląd Polski as "a beautiful, rich sound and splendid vitality". The Cincinnati Enquirer stated that "although she is petite, she has steely nerves."

Personal life[edit]

Min resides in New York City.


  1. ^ Gelfand, Janelle. "Pianist Prepares for Moment". 

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