Amy Keesun Kwon, Soprano

Keesun Kwon

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“The warm voice and sweet personality of soprano Amy Keesun Kwon will conquer the opera world”. Irving Ocher

Amy Keesun Kwon just had her debut as Nedda / Colombina with Opera Seabrook’s production of I Pagliacci. Also this summer 2015 Ms. Kwon performed the role of Marzelline with The Atlantic Coast Opera’s production of Fidelio.

Ms. Kwon appeared as a soprano soloist for the Millennium Stage concert ‘Songs of the Forgotten War’ at the Kennedy Center and as a soloist with Hines-Lee Opera Ensemble for the Opera Gala concert, Susie Kim Memorial Concert at The Terrace Theatre at Kennedy Center. She made her oratorio debut by singing Brahmes’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem with Harford Choral Society, Ann Arundel Choral Society, Bach Christmas Oratorio with Bach Concert and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore with FMMC Chorale.

Amy Keesun Kwon made her New York debut with Gateway Classical Music Society, Riverside Opera Company and Vocal Production in New York. She participated in many master classes throughout the US, including lessons with Elly Ameling, John Shirly-Quirk, Graham Johnson, Martin Kats and many others. She recently won 3rd place of the National Anthem Contest and sang the National Anthem at the event of Star Spangled Spectacular 2014.  She is a grant recipient of the Individual Artist Award from Maryland Arts Council, Baltimore Arts & Humanities, an award winner in the Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York and a recipient of the Peabody Career Development Grant. She was a first place winner of the Paul Robeson Vocal Competition (Urban Philharmonic Society). Russell C. Wonderlic Memorial Competition, Vincent P. Walter Washington Summer Opera Guild Competition, Baltimore Music Club Competition, Marie E Crump Vocal Arts Competition and Annapolis Opera Competition.

Soprano Keesun Kwon received her doctoral and masters of music degree from the Catholic University of America. She received her bachelor of music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She was also invited to perform at the Italian embassy and the Korean Embassy for the Christmas Concert.

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RESUME

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Soloist

Faure Requiem, Bach Concert, MD

2016

Soloist

Recital Series, Montpelier Arts Center, MD

2015

Soloist

Opera Singers Initiative, NY

2015

Soloist

Holocaust Remembrance Day, Lincoln Theater, DC,

2015

Soloist

A Tribute to Cultural Heritage, Millennium Stage/Kennedy Center, DC,

2015


OPERATIC EXPERIENCE

Nedda/Colombina

I Pagliacci

Opera Seabrook, NJ

Marzelline

Fidelio

Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, PA

Serafina

Il Campanello

Amici Opera, PA

Elenora          

Torquato Tasso

Amici Opera, PA                           

Oscar

Un Ballo in Maschera

Vocal Production, NY

Young Artist

Cavalleria Rusticana

Atlantic Music festival, PA

CONCERTS EXPERIENCE

Soprano Soloist

Duo Recital, Recital Hall

Montgomery College, MD

Soprano Soloist

Federal Intel-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program

Lincoln Theater, DC

Soprano Soloist

Susie Kim Memorial Concert

Kennedy Center, DC

Soprano Soloist

Missa Brevis, Mozart ,
Rejoice in the Lamb, Britten     

Harford Choral Society

Soprano Soloist

Opera Gala ‘Divas and Divos to Die For’

Riverside Opera, NY

Soprano Soloist

Christmas Oratorio, Bach    

Bach Concert

Soprano Soloist

Hines-Lee Opera Ensemble    

Kennedy Center, DC

Soprano Soloist

French Opera Gala Concert    

Bel Cantanti, DC


TRAINING

TRAINING
Voice Teachers: Stanley Cornett, Thomas Grubb, Sharon Christman, Mira Y. Hoover
Directors: Ryan Tibbetts, Robert McFarland

AWARDS/Honors
Winner at Montpelier Concert Series
Winner at NATS Artist Award MD/DC Chapter
Award Winner at The Gerda Lissner Foundation
Award Winner at Violetta Dupont Vocal Competition
Recipient of the Peabody Career Development Grant
Winner at Annapolis Opera Competition

EDUCATION / APPRENTICESHIPS
EdM Columbia University             
MM/DMA CUA BM Peabody Conservatory
Fellowship Songfest – Participant at Mannes Art Song Institute
Fellowship Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

LANGUAGES
English, Korean

 

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