Ah Ruem Ahn

Ah Ruem Ahn was born in Suwon (South Korea) in 1984. Having played the piano since the age of six, she studied at Kaywon Highschool of Arts under Professor Yoo-Kyung Han from 1999 to 2002 before obtaining a Bachelor’s degree at Yonsei University under Professor Bong-Ae Shin. She moved to Germany in 2006 to pursue her studies at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media under Elena Margolina-Hait, then at Detmold University of Music under Professor Bob Versteegh from 2009, where she finished her degree two years later. She rounded off her education by attending master classes conducted by Andras Schiff, Menahem Pressler and Bernd Goetzke.  

Ah Ruem Ahn has won numerous competitions (Deutscher Pianistenpreis, three special prizes at the Grand Prix Animato in Paris, first prize in the 14th International Piano Competition “Stefano Marizza”, first prize and three special prizes in the International Smetana Piano Competition, first prize for the piano and two special prizes in the International Paul Hindemith Competition and first prize in the 9th Münchner Klavierpodium der Jugend).  

On the back of these successes, she embarked on a career in Europe and Asia, performing as a soloist with major orchestras (Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Plzeňská Filharmonie, Yonsei Symphony and Kaywon Symphony). Ah Ruem Ahn has been teaching the piano and répétiteur skills at Detmold University of Music since 2011.