A native of South Korea, Rayoung Ahn has appeared as soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Wieniawsky Orchestra, the Hungarian Gyor Chamber Orchestra, the Russian Astrakhan Orchestra, and with the Sofia National Academy Orchestra. Especially, her performance in Bulgaria led to her receiving the Achievement Award from the Minister of Cultural Bureau. As a chamber musician, Ahn has appeared in Carnegie Hall, NEC’s Jordan Hall, Zipper Hall, and Seoul Sejong Center. She has also been given the Chamber Music Award by the University of Southern California (USC) Chamber Music Department upon her doctoral graduation and was invited to perform at the 12th Rencontres franco-américaines de Musique de Chambre in France, presented by USC, the Borchard Foundation Center for International Education, the Department of Tourism at Saint-Gildas-Des-Bois, the Department of Culture at Missillac and Saint-Gildas-Des-Bois. In 2011, she appeared in Carnegie Hall in celebration of Gunther Schuller’s 85th birthday, presenting Mohammed Fairouz’s Four Critical Models, an occasion that was featured in the New York Times and later led her to a recording deal with the Sono Luminus label. The album, called Critical Models, has been selected by WQXR's Q2 Music in December 2011 as the Album of the Week.
Ahn has a strong belief in community musical outreach. She has performed in schools, prisons, orphanages, nursing hospitals, and homeless and disabled communities in South Korea, the U.S., France (Saint-Gildas and Missillac), China (Beijing and Yanbian), and Japan (Nagano). She has recently become an honorary ambassador of Sage Korea’s United Nations Petition Project to Rescue Political Prisoners in North Korean Concentration Camps, for which she has recently held a recital at Kumho Art Hall (Munho Hall) in Seoul to raise funds and public awareness about human rights violations in North Korea.
Ahn has joined the string faculty at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in 2011. During her doctoral residency at USC, she has served as an instructor in the string department. She has also been on the music faculty at Presbyterian Theological Seminary in California.
Ahn holds a Bachelor and Master of Music with honors from New England Conservatory. In 2008, she was awarded a full scholarship to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California and has completed her degree (Pi Kappa Lambda) in 2011, after passing her doctoral qualifying exam with distinction. The minor fields in her doctoral degree were music education, music theory and analysis, and instrumental conducting.