Praised for her “brilliant account on the flute” on WQXR, New York City’s Classical Music
Station, Korean-American flutist Deanna Pyeon is committed to connecting with audiences through a shared passion for music. She has won top prizes in the National Flute Association Masterclass Performers Competition, American Protégé International Flute Competition, and the Orange County Register’s Top 10 Artists of the Year.
As an orchestral musician, Pyeon has performed as both principal flutist and solo piccolo under renowned conductors such as Carl St. Clair, Keith Lockhart, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, JoAnn Falletta, Carlos Izcaray, and Jayce Ogren with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, and USC Thornton Symphony. An advocate of new music, Pyeon regularly performed with Thornton Edge, the new music ensemble at USC. She also performed in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s The Right of Your Senses at Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as the West Coast premiere and PBS SoCal broadcast of Frieze, by Mark-Anthony Turnage. Most recently, she was placed on the substitute list for the New World Symphony for the 2021-2022 season.
An educator as well as a performer, Pyeon is an active private teacher and flute sectional coach in the Greater Los Angeles Area. She is a Visual and Performing Arts Clinician for the Irvine Unified School District, and she previously served as an instructor at the Irvine Art and Music Center, the Southern California Flute Camp at Chapman University, and the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra.
Pyeon graduated magna cum laude with a B.M. in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she also recently completed her Master of Music degree. She previously attended the University of Michigan. Pyeon is incredibly grateful to her teachers, Jim Walker, Amy Porter, Benjamin Smolen, Keren Schweitzer, and Anna Choi.