Seoyon MacDonald

collaborative pianist


Korean-American pianist Seoyon MacDonald enjoys an innovative and cultured musical career; one marked by her consistency of refinement and musical ingenuity. Equally sought after as a soloist and collaborative pianist, Ms. MacDonald has appeared on concert stages internationally in the United States, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Korea. She is a co-founder of the Boston Art Song Society, one of the pioneering art song companies in the United States and is an active vocal coach and pianist currently based in Los Angeles.

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Highlights of her recent appearances include performances in Weill Recital Hall and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Liederabend and Sonatabend at The Juilliard School performing works by Jonathan Dove, Steve Mackey, Nico Muhly, Hindemith, Gabriela Ortiz, Piazzolla, Prokofiev and more. In February of 2020, Ms. MacDonald performed Steven Mackey's "Beautiful Passing" with the Juilliard Orchestra at Carnegie Hall conducted by David Robertson. As a member of the Juilliard Orchestra, Ms. MacDonald made her debut as an orchestral pianist, performing Copland Symphony No. 3 under the baton of Carlos Miguel Prieto at Alice Tully Hall in December 2019.

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In 2019, she was selected with tenor James Ley to participate in the inaugural season of the Song Studio at Carnegie by Renée Fleming. Ms. MacDonald was invited to be a vocal collaborative piano fellow at the Aspen Music Festival 2018. Other festival appearances include performances at the Franz Schubert Institut in Austria and SongFest at The Colburn School.

As a collaborator, Ms. MacDonald founded the Northwestern Trio in 2012, which won the MTNA Chamber Competition Minnesota state division and received Runner-up at the Regional Competition. As a soloist, she was the youngest winner of the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul concerto competition performing Beethoven’s Concerto in C minor alongside the university’s orchestra in 2011.

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