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Jean Ahn

Born in Korea, Jean Ahn finished her B.A. and M.M. at Seoul National University and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. Her creative output includes works ranging from solo instruments to full orchestra, as well as choral, dance and electroacoustic music.

Recent awards include 2019 Isadora Duncan Award for “Saltdoll” for Korean Dance and being the finalist for 2019 & 2018 Women Composers Commissions by the League of American Orchestras. Jean’s music was performed by Oakland Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Earplay, Diablo Symphony, UC Davis Symphony, Contemporaneous Ensemble, Untwelve, Piano Talk, Enhake, Pakk-Calloway Duo, Muse Trio, Voices Inunditae, Ensemble Sur Plus, pianist Lisa Moore (Bang on a can) and others. Commissions include works for the SF Bach Choir, SF Choral Artists, Leftcoast Chamber Ensemble, Volti Chamber Choir, Duo Camaraderie, Gayaguem Soloist JUL, Locrian Chamber Players, and Pianissimo among others. Her current project includes commissions from Saint Mary’s Performing Arts Department, Diablo Valley Symphony Orchestra, Tapestry Choir and Chermak-Lee duo.

Jean’s piano collection, “Folksong Revisited” and voice collection, “K-Folksongs” are ongoing projects that show her vision to introduce Korean songs and techniques to professional performers in the US. She also uses electronics /computer music to extend the boundaries of traditional instruments. Her electronic music has been featured at SEAMUS, the Spark Festival, New York City Electronic Music Festival and Grit Collective.

She is the director/conductor of Ensemble ARI and the music director of CHIM Studio.