Division: Keyboard Performance
Position: Associate Professor
Office: E-430 HFAC
Korean American pianist Jihea Hong-Park enjoys a versatile and active career as a recitalist, educator, chamber musician, teaching artist, workshop presenter, and interdisciplinary arts collaborator. She has performed at major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Steinway Hall, The Kosciusko Foundation, the Bar Harbor Music Festival, and Caramoor Summer Music Festival. She has appeared on concert stages internationally, including performances at the International Symposium and Festival of the Centre of Intercultural Music Arts at the University of Cambridge in England, Incheon Performing Arts Center in South Korea, Yun I-Sang Concert Hall in North Korea, and Komae Ecorma Hall and Niigata Performing Arts Center in Japan. In 2019, Ms. Hong-Park co-hosted a series of five New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts entitled “Coming to New York – Immigrant Voices” alongside the Omaha Symphony’s music director, Thomas Wilkins, at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center.
Ms. Hong-Park currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Piano at Brigham Young University. Prior to her appointment at BYU, she taught on the piano faculty at The Juilliard School’s Evening Division for 14 years and was a lead teaching artist at the New York Philharmonic. As a guest artist, she has performed and presented at prestigious institutions such as Tokyo College of Music, Niigata University, St. Francis College, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. Through masterclasses, lectures, and chamber music instruction, she has also worked with students from across the world, including Showa University, Kobe College, Osaka University of the Arts, Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Missouri State University, Grand Valley State University, Loyola University New Orleans, Weber State University, Juilliard’s Pre-College, Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Montclair State University’s Preparatory Center for the Arts, pianoSonoma Music Festival, Ernest So Masterclass Series in Hong Kong, and Gitameit Music Institute in Myanmar.
As an avid workshop facilitator, Ms. Hong-Park has presented at the International Teaching Artist Conference, UNESCO’s UniTwin International Arts Symposium, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, College Music Society’s National Conferences, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Peace & Life Zone Music Festival @ DMZ Korea, Socially Engaged Musicians Network Forum of Korea, Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and New York City Department of Education. Recently, she has been invited to present at the 2022 MTNA National Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Her scholarly interest includes integrating performance and education through teaching artistry, career development, entrepreneurship skills for musicians, student-centered teaching in applied instruction, the music of women and composers of color, social consciousness, activism, and advocacy of the arts.
Ms. Hong-Park is deeply committed to providing access to and education for the arts to advocate for music. She has organized and established numerous community concert residencies and projects to raise funds for non-profit organizations and bring arts to underserved communities. In recognition of her leadership in arts education, she has been featured in select interviews and documentaries on the Educational Broadcasting System network in Korea.
Ms. Hong-Park is a founding member of the Ardelia Trio, praised by Korea’s EBS Network Evening News as “…something very special and unique…” Enthusiastic about contemporary music, the trio held its debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2012, featuring commissioned works of Cypriot composer Sophia Serghi. Ms. Hong-Park was also integral in establishing a community concert residency in Korea in partnership with the community organization Mécénat. The trio received $25,000 from Korea’s Posco in support of their endeavors.
Ms. Hong-Park received her B.M. and M.M. degrees at The Juilliard School and pursued advanced coursework at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her principal teachers include Julian Martin, Jacob Lateiner, and Bruce Brubaker. Upon her graduation from Juilliard, she received the school’s highest award, William Schuman Commencement Prize, for her exceptional achievement, leadership, and service in music.
Ms. Hong-Park has served as a juror for the MTNA Eastern Division Competition in both the Senior Piano Performance and Senior Piano Duet divisions, NJMTA Piano Competition, International Virtuoso Competition, Encore Keyboard Competition, and Music Educators Association of New Jersey Piano Auditions. She currently serves as the chair of the MTNA Piano Performance Competition.