About Ji Hye

Praised as “spectacular” by the Los Angeles Times and “extraordinary”  by the Ventura County Star, the Times describes percussionist Ji Hye  Jung as “a centered player who can give the impression of being very  still yet at all places at once”.

Ms. Jung began concertizing in her native South Korea at the age of  nine where she performed more than 100 concerts including solo  appearances with every major orchestra in Korea.  Soon after coming to  the United States in 2004, Ms. Jung garnered consecutive first prizes at  the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and the 2007 Yale  Gordon Concerto Competition.


With percussion repertoire still in its formative stages, Ms. Jung  feels strongly about collaborating with composers to further the  creation of a new voice for the art form.  She has commissioned and  premiered works by several important composers including, Kevin Puts,  Alejandro Viñao, Paul Lansky, John Serry, Lukas Ligeti, and Jason  Treuting.  In 2013 she made the premier recording of Michael Torke’s  marimba concerto Mojave and in 2014 recorded Phillip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra for the Naxos label.


Ms. Jung frequently performs with many of today’s most important  conductors and instrumentalists. For six years she has served as  principal percussionist with the west coast-based chamber music ensemble  Camerata Pacifica, with whom she has premiered works by Bright Sheng  and Huang Ruo.  She has also recorded Stravinsky’s Les Noces with  JoAnn Falletta at the Virginia Arts Festival, performed as soloist with  David Robertson conducting an all Messiaen program at Carnegie Hall,  and made her concerto debut with the Houston Symphony under the baton of  Hans Graf in 2005.


Other performance credits include appearances at Portugal’s  Tomarimbando Festival, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Ireland,  The Intimacy of Creativity in Hong Kong, the Grand Teton Music Festival,  Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and the Grachtenfestival in  Holland.


In 2015 Ji Hye Jung was named Associate Professor of Percussion at  Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. She previously served as  Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Kansas for six  years. An active educator and clinician, Jung has presented  masterclasses at the Curtis Institute, the Peabody Conservatory, Rice  University, Beijing’s Central Conservatory, and the Karol Szymanowski  Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland.


Ji Hye Jung completed a Master of Music degree from the Yale School  of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of  Johns Hopkins University, both under the tutelage of Robert van Sice. As  an artist endorser, she proudly represents Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic  Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals.

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