New Zealand pianist, Jason Bae was born in Daejeon, South Korea in 1991 where he began studying piano at the age of five. At the age of twelve, he made his concerto debut with Auckland Symphony Orchestra performing Grieg Piano Concerto Op. 16. A year later, he became the youngest concerto soloist to perform with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for the 'SkyCity Starlight Symphony Concert in the Park' at the Auckland Domain in front of 200,000 people. Under the baton of Rossen Milanov, Jason performed Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds as a soloist with New Zealand National Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2010. He has also appeared as a concerto soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra of Australia, 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. In 2009, he won 2nd prize at the 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. He was the Grand 1st Prize Winner of the 2013 New Zealand Inaugural Wallace National Piano Competition. Jason was also awarded with 2nd Prize with orchestra vote at 2015 London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition.
Jason was the first New Zealander to be invited by the former Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage of New Zealand, Hon. Christopher Finlayson, to present a piano solo recital at the Grand Hall of New Zealand Parliament, 'Beehive'. Also, he has performed for the both former Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir. Anand Satyanand and the current, Sir. Jerry Mateparae, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, and the former President of European Commission, Jose Manuel Barosso.
In 2012, Jason presented his sold-out debut piano recital at Auckland Town Hall. In the 2016-17 season, Jason will be giving recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Steinway Hall in London, St. Mary Magdalene Church in London, The Quarry Theatre in St. Luke's in Bedford, Korean Cultural Centre in London and School of Music at the University of Auckland. Jason will be making his chamber music debut with Odyssey Ensemble in King's Place in London performing Dohnányi Piano Quintet No.1 and with violinist, Simon Shiao at the University of North Florida in U.S.
Parallel to his concerts as a pianist, Jason will be making his conducting debut with Berlin Sinfonietta, GOODEN.SEMBLE Orchestra in London for the 2016 Bloomsbury Festival, Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester/South Denmark Philharmonic and University of North Florida Symphony Orchestra.
Jason received his Master of Arts in piano performance with the DipRAM at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor in 2015. He received his Bachelor of Music in piano performance with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland under Dr. Rae de Lisle in 2013. Jason also studied piano at the Aspen Music Festival and School with Ann Schein and John O'Conor from 2007 to 2013. Jason studies orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula in Finland.
Jason is the first New Zealander to become the Young Steinway Artist in 2012 and this year, he became Steinway Artist. He has been a proud beneficiary of Lewis Eady Charitable Trust in Auckland since 2004, and he is an artist of 'Talent Unlimited' in London since 2014. In 2015, Jason became the first South Korea-born New Zealander Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society awarded by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. This year, Jason has been appointed as a School of Music Visiting Fellow at University of Auckland and he has been invited as a Visiting Artist at University of North Florida in U.S.