Pianist Dr. Jason Kwak has already enjoyed a successful career, both as an artist and as a pedagogue. He has earned his degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. His principal piano teachers include David Watkins, Barry Snyder and Nancy Garrett. Dr. Kwak is currently a Professor of piano and Head of the Keyboard Area at Texas State University. Previously, he held teaching positions at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas Extension Program, and the Austin Chamber Music Center. He is consistently in high demand for performances, master classes, lectures and adjudications on a state, national and international level.
Dr. Kwak has made numerous national and international appearances as a solo pianist, including performances with the Victoria Symphony, Jeju Philharmonic Orchestra, Daegu Symphony Orchestra, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Texas A&M University-Kingsville Wind Symphony, The Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra and the Rocky Ridge Orchestra. Recent international engagements have taken Dr. Kwak all over the world, including stops in England, Turkey, Malaysia, Germany, Taiwan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Italy, and South Korea. Solo performances have taken Dr. Kwak to many notable venues and festivals, including performances at Seoul Arts Center, San Antonio Convention Center, Jeju National Museum, Bundy Arts Center, Daegu Cultural Center and Fox Theatre in Atlanta-as well as performances at more than 40 college campuses. He is a founding member of Trio 488, a chamber group that has performed in prestigious venues, including five international conferences. An advocate of modern chamber music, Trio 488 has already commissioned and premiered several new pieces and has begun their first CD project, due out this year.
As an educator, Dr. Kwak is a dedicated teacher who has been recognized numerous times for teaching excellence. In 2011, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching from Texas State University. In 2004, Dr. Kwak received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.