Edward Auer and Junghwa Moon Auer
Mozart K 365, the two piano concerto
Schubert F minor Fantasy, D 940 (Four Hands)
Schubert Divertissement a la Hongrosie in g minor, D 818 (Four Hands)
Schumann Bilder Aus Osten, Op. 66
For the last 15 years, they have been performing more and more frequently in the US, Canada, Korea, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. The Auer Duo will publish their first four-hands album in winter 2023.
Edward Auer's musical career began in his childhood in Los Angeles, where he won competition prizes, presented solo and chamber concerts, and gave guest performances on television programs. As a student at the Juilliard School, Auer won the yearly concerto competition; he made his New York début with a recital at Carnegie Hall. In 1965, he was the first American to win a prize at the Seventh International Chopin Competition in Warsaw; this was followed by successes at the Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Concours Marguerite Long, and Tchaikovsky Competition, the last garnering him an invitation to the White House.
With a performance career spanning over 30 countries on five continents, Auer has given numerous solo recitals and concertos with top international orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Paris Orchestre Philharmonique, and Berlin Radio Orchestra. He has appeared at prominent international festivals including Salzburg, and served as a juror for the International Chopin Competition and Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, among many others.
For nearly 40 years, Auer has taught at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington; he has held guest professorships at Toho Gakuen and Seoul National University. He initiated the Edward Auer Piano Workship in 1995, expanding it in 2007 into an annual international festival. Known for his recordings of Chopin’s works, he is currently preparing the Mazurka Project; previous releases include the Preludes, Waltzes, Ballades, Nocturnes, Scherzos, and Concertos.
Junghwa Moon Auer
Pianist Junghwa Moon Auer received her Korean education in Yewon, Seoul Arts & Music High School, and Yeonsei University in Korea. After graduating, she came to the United States in 1993 to study at the New England Conservatory, where she obtained her MM degree. She attended the Aspen Music Festival four summers, as well as summer programs in Chautauqua, Lucerne (Switzerland), and Prague. At the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, she earned her DMA, meanwhile winning CCM’s concerto competition with the Schumann piano concerto, a live radio broadcast on WGUC in Cincinnati, and in Italy won a prize in the Ibla International Competition. During this time she was also invited back to Korea to play in the Kumho Recital Series in Seoul.
In 2001 Ms. Moon returned to Korea, where she was active as teacher and performer in Seoul, Busan, and Gwangju. She taught in universities including CheonNam National University and Seoul National University. During this time while she was rejoining Korean music society as a young professional pianist, she performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Janácek Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Chopin E minor concerto with the Žilina Orchestra in Slovakia, and Mozart K. 467 with the Cairo Symphony, the first Korean pianist ever to play in Egypt.
Ms. Moon's signature achievement in Bloomington has been the dramatic development of the Edward Auer Chopin Class into the Edward Auer Piano Workshop. As Coordinator, she introduced a solo competition, from 2014 a concerto competition, with opportunities for two participants to each perform a full concerto with orchestra. In 2015 at JSoM the entire Workshop was streamed and archived for the first time, enabling remote participation and tremendously increasing the Workshop’s geographical reach; in 2016, chamber music was introduced. And now, in 2017, the Workshop presented all five Beethoven Piano Concerti for the first time together at the Jacobs School, with Ms. Moon playing no. 1. In 2020-2021 Ms. Auer launched a successful Auer workshop exclusively online, which then developed into an innovative hybrid online-and-in-person education program.
Since 2017 Junghwa Moon has taught as an artist-faculty member at Roosevelt University.