Jean Ahn holds a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of California, Berkeley where she studied with Edmund Campion, Cindy Cox, Richard Felciano and Jorge Liederman. In addition, she holds degrees from Seoul National University in Korea. She has taught composition at UC Berkeley and Dominican University and currently a faculty at University of the Pacific at Stockton.
She is a pianist/children's choir director for Richmond Korean Baptist Church. Jean has been recognized by honors and awards from American Composers Orchestra's Ear Shot (by Memphis Symphony) June in Buffalo (Ensemble Surplus), Aspen New Music Ensemble, UC Davis Symphony's Madness and Music Festival, Berkeley Symphony Under Construction, Etchings Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, MusicX festival at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Festival of Contemporary Music, NACUSA, SCI, Women in Music, Pacific Korean Music Festival, Berkeley Arts Festival, among others.
Commissions include works for the Renee Fisher Award and Competitions, the Pianissimo, Volti, Ong Dance Company, Locrian Chamber Players, KAMSA Youth Orchestra, Beautiful Mind Ensemble, Kayagum player Hyojin Kang, and Japanese Evangelical Society among others.