Haewon Song

Haewon Song

Professor of Piano

Haewon Song, Professor of Piano

Professor of Piano Haewon Song has nurtured a lifelong love of music, and she delights in sharing her passion with piano students at Oberlin.

Contact Information


Bibbins Hall 310
(440) 775-8264

Haewon Song

Haewon Song

Photo Credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones

Educational Background

  • Master of Music, Juilliard School, 1986
  • Bachelor of Music, Juilliard School, 1986
  • Study with Shuku Iwasaki, Julian Martin, Martin Canin

Pianist Haewon Song is a member of the acclaimed Oberlin Trio along with Oberlin faculty David Bowlin, violin, and Amir Eldan, cello. An internationally recognized artist and pedagogue, Song has performed and taught at top venues throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her frequent appearances include concerto performances with the KBS Orchestra in Seoul, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and Oberlin Conservatory ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra, College Community Strings, and Wind Ensemble.  

Song has appeared at numerous international festivals, among them Mexico’s Cervantino Festival, the All-American Music Festival in Stuttgart, Grand Teton Music Festival, Aria Festival, Canada’s Institute of Musical Arts, Festival de Nice in France, the Oberlin Summer Piano Festival, and the Tonghai Music Festival in Taiwan.

A native of South Korea, Song attended the Toho School in Tokyo, Peabody Preparatory School, and the Juilliard School, where her major teachers were Julian Martin, Martin Canin, and Shuku Iwasaki. She has taught at Tunghai University in Taiwan and Kyung Won University in Seoul, and has been a member of the Oberlin piano department since 1991. Throughout her tenure at Oberlin, her students have won major prizes in both national and international competitions, including MTNA Nationals, Wideman, Kingsville, Oberlin International Piano, Walgreen, World, and Corpus Christie, and they regularly appear with significant orchestras across the United States and Asia.

Song is a frequent performer in duo piano recitals with her husband and fellow Oberlin faculty member Robert Shannon; their recording of George Crumb’s Celestial Mechanics (Bridge Records) has been hailed as “a wonderfully buoyant rhythmic performance” (Classicstoday.com). In 2005, Song toured Korea as a member of the Oberlin Piano Quartet, which included celebrated performances in Daejun and at the Kumho Concert Hall in Seoul.