YOUNG, Kwon Llerena

Nationality            USA
Concert Pianist

Pianist Young Kwon Llerena started her piano training at age five and showed her musical talent early by winning International Youth Music Competition in Seoul, South Korea at age eight. After graduating with BM in piano performance at Chugye University for the Arts in South Korea, she moved to Texas and received her master's and doctoral degree with piano performance at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She also extensively studied the organ with Dr. Albert Travis. 
Dr. Kwon was honored with Wayne Polly McNeely Piano Award, James McKinney Outstanding Performer Award, Academy Achievement Awards and Melba Justice International Student Award while she was studying at Southwestern and she performed the Mozart concerto for two pianos with Fort Worth Symphony at Bass Performance Hall for the Southwestern's annual gala concert with Dr. Robert Smith, then piano chair and her advisor.
Dr. Kwon taught as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and also a music director and instructor at Southwestern Music Academy. She has toured around the world including Germany, France, Prague, USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India and also held the seminars and masterclasses for piano students and teachers. She has played at her local churches both in South Korea and US since she was around 10 and in 2016, she performed her gospel program "A Night with Piano Worship" at Carnegie Hall, New York.