Deborah Joy is an award winning concert pianist and composer. Originally from Korea, she moved to the United States at age 15, settling in the Chicago Metro Area with her father, mother and younger sister. She has studied all over the world and earned her Doctorate in Piano Performance from Arizona State University. She has a passion for both classical and modern music. As a composer, she brings forth Neo-Romantical pieces that delight audiences with their beauty and emotion content. Deborah performs all over the world and regularly performs at charity events across the country. She has organized and performed fundraisers for Goodnews Rescue Mission, and locally, for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and created an event, “Dream is Alive” at Phoenix College. Through this concert, she successfully raised tuition for 12 international students to support their future dreams. Most recently, an interview with Deborah Joy, along with her piano performance on Schubert Impromptu Op. 90, No. 2 was featured on radio KXXT1010AM. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, Benjamin and their son, John.
Deborah Joy completed the first high definition, surround sound recording of Etudes Australes (16 etudes) by John Cage, a revolutionary Post-Modernist. She performed at numerous charity events including the Goodnews Rescue Mission in CA and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She performed in Geneva, Wheaton, Naperville and Chicago in IL, Aspen in CO, Shreveport in LA, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo and Interlochen in MI, Boston in MA, Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa in AZ, Cleveland in OH, Los Angeles and Redding in CA, and internationally St. Petersburg in Russia, Prague in Czech Republic, Freiburg in Germany, Geneva in Switzerland and Strasbourg in France.
Deborah Joy was first prize winner of concerto competition in Phoenix and performed at Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, and also a winner in Michigan and performed at Hill Auditorium. She was a first prize winner at the Contemporary Music Competition in Boston and performed at Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory. She won the First Place in I.M.E.A.-S.N.A.P. Competition (Illinois State Composition Competition) with her first solo piano composition. Deborah Joy was the recipient of the Excellence in Piano Performance Award (created especially for her) at the University of Michigan for the first time in their history of piano department. She was also a finalist for Bach Competition, and the Concerto Competitions at the renowned Aspen Music Festival and the Shreveport Piano Competition. She was a semi finalist for the International Piano Competition in France and Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition.