Hak Soon Swiatkowski
Adjunct Professor, Language & Culture, Music
M. M., Cal Arts
B. M., Mount Saint Mary's College
HAK SOON SWIATKOWSKI, first prize winner of the International Young Artist Piano Competition held in Los Angeles in 1975, was featured in a critically acclaimed performance on NBC-TV's "Sunday" program. Hak Soon holds degrees from Mount Saint Mary’s University and the California Institute of the Arts. She has given many solo recitals in the United States, Europe, Korea and was a guest artist at the Jagiellonian University in Poland performing the music of Chopin in 1991.
Hak Soon has been guest soloist with the Korean Chamber Symphony, the Lodi Chamber Symphony Orchestra and has performed at the Mozart Festivals as well as with the Venice Chamber Ensemble in Italy.
Currently, together with her husband Chet Swiatkowski, Hak Soon is on the piano teaching faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Brentwood. For the past 20 years, she has been the music director of the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra which features young pianists performing concertos with the orchestra. "I have heard her perform a number of times. Each time it is an inspiration, almost unbelievable," noted author Henry Miller. "I have used the word 'genius' in her connection. I have done so deliberately because I truly believe she is one. She seems to take delight in playing only difficult things. Completely devoted to her musical studies she is nevertheless bright and gay and enjoys life to the full." For the past 20 years, Hak Soon has been a guest on Radio Seoul 1650 AM and talks about classical music on the air during the "Home Sweet Home" hour.