Korean-American composer, pianist, and educator Beata Moon was born in North Dakota and raised in Indiana, where she began studying the piano at the age of 5. She made her orchestral debut when she was 8 and performed throughout the Midwest.
After receiving her degree in piano performance in 1990 from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Adele Marcus, Moon took a break from playing to reassess the role of music in her life. It was at this time that she discovered her passion for composing and teaching, which in time led her back to her performing career.
In the last several years, Moon has composed works in a variety of genres, including solo instrumental, chamber and voice. Her CDs of original music have been enthusiastically received by press and public alike and continue to be broadcast on radio stations throughout the world. Andrew Druckenbrod of Gramophone magazine wrote of her Naxos CD, “Moon writes compelling music that is utterly sincere….” Her works have been performed by the Barbad Chamber Orchestra, Cantori New York, the Corigliano String Quartet, and the soloists Patricia Davis and Brian Sacawa, among others. Moon has composed a number of works in collaboration with the modern dance company SENSEDANCE, including the piano trios Moonpaths and Dinner is West. Other recent commissions have come from the New Jersey Music Teachers Association, Cantori New York and the Basso Moderno Duo.
An ardent ambassador for new music, Moon has enjoyed reaching out to broader audiences in her roles as impresario and music television host. The role of the composer as performer and educator is an important one in Moon's life. Her recital series WHODUNNIT?!, where audience members do not receive the program notes until after the performance, continues to engage concert goers. Moon is actively involved in aesthetic education as a teaching artist where she received her training from the Lincoln Center Institute. She also served as an advisor to Kevin James’s Portraits Projects (in conjunction with the Police Athletic League), which brought musicians and poets together to serve as mentors for at-risk youth.