Dr. Hye-Jung Hong(US: Midwest Region)
Associate Professor of Piano at Missouri State University; Immediate Past- President for the Missouri Music Teachers Association.
Since giving her debut at the Palace of Arts in Seoul, Korea, Hye-Jung Hong has concertized in Germany, Holland, Italy, China, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Colombia and throughout the U.S. She has made frequent guest appearances at universities and colleges in the U.S. and Asia, and has performed on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago as well as concert series in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra among others. Recent appearances include guest concerts at Tainan National University of the Arts and National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan, National University of Bogota in Colombia, Liaoning Normal University and Qingdao University in China, Loyola University New Orleans and Louisiana State University.
Dr. Hong has received critical praise for the artistry of her performances. Her playing has been described as “full of energy and electricity that stimulates the Korean musical world.” (Piano Eum-Ak) The German newspaper Die Rheinpfalz praised the “musicality, crystal clearness and elegance” of her performances. She has recorded on the Navona Records label.
A dedicated teacher, Dr. Hong’s students have won top prizes in many competitions including the Kuleshov International Piano Competition, Memphis International Piano Competition, Spotlight International Piano Competition, American Protégé International Piano Competition, Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, Charles R. Hall Young Artist Competition, and Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition. She received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Her principal teachers include Julian Martin and Dominique Weber. Currently she is Associate Professor of Piano at Missouri State University and serves as Immediate Past- President for the Missouri Music Teachers Association.