Ministry to Double Reed Musicians

류혜원 류혜원

Hyewon Alice Ryu is a founder of WeSingHope, pianist, and teacher who wants to leverage her education, musical skills, and passion in transformative projects to restore hope among the communities. 
She began studying piano at the age of eight. At the age of thirteen, she was admitted to the Yewon Art School in Seoul, soon she made her debut in Seoul with Romanian National Symphony Orchestra at the Little Angels Art Center. Since then, she has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician all over the world including Korea, Japan, Thailand, China, France, Italy, and the USA. She has performed often in solo and chamber recitals in the country’s main concert halls, such as Steinway Hall, Stoughton Opera House, Shriver Hall, Friedberg Hall, Griswold Hall, Little Angels Art Center, Kumho Art Hall, Buam Art Hall, Concert Hall at Kookmin University and Suncheon National University, as well as with prestigious orchestras such as Korea Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Gunpo Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, and Romanian National Orchestra. She has performed in the Young Artist Concert Series sponsored by the Ewon Cultural Foundation, at the Friedberg hall Thursday Noon Concert Series, Peabody Institute Johns Hopkins University Alumni Chamber Concert Series at the Shriver Hall, as well as Chamber Recital at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington D.C. She also performed at various music summer festivals, including Courchevel Music Festival, France, Chautauqua Music Festival, NY, Quingdao China-Korea International Festival, Tong-Il Han Institute of Piano Festival in Seoul, Japan, and Thailand, as well as Classical Bridge Music Academy and Festival, NY. 
She has been awarded many prizes, including the prize at Russel C. Wonderlic Piano Competition, Baltimore Music Club Competition, Joong-Ang University Piano Competition, Samick-Bernstein Piano Competition, An-yang University Piano Competition, and Buam Art Center Music Competition, Korea Philharmonic Orchestra Competition, in addition to many other awards. She studied with some of the world’s respected pianists and pedagogues, among them Yong Hi Moon, and Tong-Il Han, and appeared in various Masterclasses and coaching by Leon Fleisher, Ellen Mack, and Alexander Shtarkman. Hyewon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at Yonsei University in Korea and completed a Master’s degree and a Doctoral degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. 
In WeSingHope, she especially works with a passion and dream to bring the healing power of music to the underprivileged children in Maryland and DC areas by planning transformative musical and educational projects to inspire them. She loves cooking delicious food for family and friends, traveling to places where awe-inspiring nature is found, and playing with her adorable baby boy, Samuel, and her husband, Kenneth.