Korean American pianist Jihea Hong-Park enjoys a versatile and vibrant career as a performer, educator, clinician, and citizen-artist. 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 and was a lead teaching artist at the New York Philharmonic. As a guest artist, she has performed at prestigious institutions such as Tokyo College of Music, Niigata University, University of North Texas, 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, Eastern Mennonite University, 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 clinician and 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, MTNA National Conference, Peace & Life Zone Music Festival @ DMZ Korea, Socially Engaged Musicians Network Forum of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and New York City Department of Education. Her scholarly interest includes career development for musicians, student-centered teaching in applied instruction, integration of performance and education through teaching artistry, community engagement and leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration in the creative arts, Asian American studies in classical music, the music of women and composers of color, and 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. Most recently, the Ardelia Trio has been invited to be the College of William and Mary’s Artist-in-Residence Ensemble in the 2022-23 season.
Ms. Hong-Park received her B.M. and M.M. degrees at The Juilliard School and pursued postgraduate studies 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, UMTA Piano Concerto Competition, NJMTA Piano Competition, International Virtuoso Competition, Encore Keyboard Competition, and MEANJ Piano Auditions. She currently serves as the chair of the MTNA/UMTA Piano Performance Competition.
Research InterestsCareer Development for Musicians
Student-Centered Teaching in Applied Instruction
Integration of Music Performance and Education Through Teaching Artistry
Music of Women and Composers of Color
Asian American Studies in Classical Music
Entrepreneurship and Leadership in the Performing Arts
Arts Integration/Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Arts
Teaching InterestsApplied Piano
Music Leadership in the 21st Century
Community Outreach and Engagement