Jason Bae was born in Daejeon, South Korea in 1991 where he began studying piano at the age of five. In 2013, Jason has received Bachelor of Music in piano performance with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland under the tutelage of Rae de Lisle. He has also studied at the Aspen Music Festival and School with Ann Schein and John O'Conor from 2007 to 2013. Jason is currently in his 1st year of Masters of Arts in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor.
At age 12, Jason has made his concerto debut with Auckland Symphony Orchestra performing Grieg Piano Concerto Op.16. Under the baton of Rossen Milanov, Jason performed Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds as a soloist with the 2010 New Zealand National Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared as a concerto soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra of Australia, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Bach Musica.
Jason was awarded 1st Prize in the 2008 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York, which led to a performance at the Carnegie Hall in Weill Recital Hall. In the same year, he won the New Zealand Young Performer of the Year. The following year he won 2nd prize at the 2009 Lev Vlassenko International Piano Competition in Brisbane, Australia, where he also received the Pnina Salzman Memorial Prize for the Best Performance of Work by Chopin. Then in 2010 Jason’s performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 achieved 1st Prize at the University of Auckland Gala Concerto Competition. Jason has competed in the 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition, graduating to the second round. Recently, he was the Grand 1st Prize Winner of the 2013 New Zealand Inaugural Wallace National Piano Competition.
In 2008, Jason was invited by the Former Korean Ambassador of New Zealand, LEE Jun-Gyu, to perform at the Korean Embassy in Wellington to commemorate 6.25 Korean War. The exclusive recital was only open to foreign ambassadors, ministers and New Zealand veterans of the Korean War. Jason has also performed for the Former Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir. Anand Satyanand, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, and the President of European Commission, Jose Manuel Barosso.
In 2012, Jason presented his debut piano recital at Auckland Town Hall which was completely sold out with full-house audience. In the 2013-14 season, Jason will be making his recital debut at Steinway Hall in London, Bloomsbury Festival in London, Cosmos Hall in Seoul, Grand Hall of 'Beehive' New Zealand Houses of Parliament, 11 piano solo recitals around New Zealand as an artist of 'Chamber Music New Zealand' and he will be performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra under Graham Abbott.
Jason is the First New Zealander to become the Young Steinway Artist since 2012. Also, he is a proud beneficiary of ‘Lewis Eady Charitable Trust’ since 2004.