Korean-born American pianist Seoyon MacDonald enjoys an innovative and cultured musical career; one marked by her consistency of refinement and musical ingenuity.
Ms. MacDonald, a native of South Korea, began her piano studies at the age of 5. As her family moved to Uzbekistan, Seoyon continued to pursue music at the No. 2 Russian Music School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, under the tutelage of OlgaPetrovna. From 2004 to 2009, MacDonald attended the Basetovsky Music Institution in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In addition to her piano studies, MacDonald was also required to study Russian, a language in which she is fluent. Following MacDonald’s training at the Russian conservatory, it was evident that a career in music was her true desire. During her teenage years, MacDonald had made several appearances as a guest pianist at international festivals in Germany, Czech Republic, and Hungary with choirs and chamber ensembles.
In 2009, MacDonald relocated to the United States, where she began piano studies at the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul under the instruction of Dr. Barbara Rogers. At Northwestern, Seoyon continued to develop her skills as a solo pianist, and additionally, discovered her passion for collaborative piano. In 2010, Ms. MacDonald won the University’s concerto competition as a sophomore, playing Beethoven’s Concerto in C minor, which she later performed in concert with the University’s orchestra.
In 2012, MacDonald founded the Northwestern Trio and competed at the MTNA String Ensemble Competition, where they performed Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op.114 and Muczynsky Fantasy Trio. Northwestern Trio won the state division and received Runner-up at the Regional Competition. In the same year, Ms. MacDonald was awarded a merit scholarship to attend SongFest, a summer training program for singers and collaborative pianists at
Los Angeles’ Colburn School. At SongFest, MacDonald was able to work with such esteemed musicians as Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, and Margo Garrett, the latter of whom she continued studies with beyond SongFest.
In 2014, Ms. MacDonald moved to Boston and developed her deep appreciation for art song at New England Conservatory. During her graduate study, she became a passionate advocate for art song and co-founded Boston Art Song Society, one of the pioneering art song companies in the United States. In 2016, she spent the summer in Austria performing German lied with European singers and pianists at the Franz Schubert Institut.
MacDonald, an active freelancer, vocal coach and song recitalist in Boston, works as a staff pianist at New England Conservatory Preparatory/Continuing Education school, a rehearsal pianist at Boston Ballet, and a choir pianist for the MIT Women's Chorale. She has also served as a staff pianist at the MacPhail Center for Music, and worked with the Minnesota Opera Summer Outreach Camp, Opera Brittenica and Lowell House Opera. She holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, magna cum laude, from the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul. Her instructors include Cameron Stowe, Jonathan Feldman, Pei-Shan Lee, Olga Petrovna, Flora Gadelevna, Barbara Rogers, and Claudia Chen.