Korean-American pianist Jihea Hong-Parkis an active recitalist, educator, and chamber musician currently based in New York City. She has been featured at major New York venues such as Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Hall, Walter Reade Theater at Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Steinway Hall, and The Kosciusko Foundation. She has appeared on concert stages internationally including performances at the 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. Most recently, Ms. Hong-Park co-hosted a series of five New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts entitled “Coming to New York – Immigrant Voices” alongside the Omaha Symphony’s music director, Thomas Wilkins.
As a passionate educator, Ms. Hong-Park is currently a lead teaching artist at the New York Philharmonic and piano faculty at The Juilliard School’s Evening Division. She has been featured as a guest artist, lecturer, and instructor across the world at prestigious institutions and festivals such as the Bar Harbor Music Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, pianoSonoma Music Festival, Cambridge University, Tokyo College of Music, Showa University, Kobe College, Osaka University of the Arts, Niigata University, St. Francis College, Montclair State University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Brigham Young University. She has also presented at the College Music Society’s National Conferences, Korea Arts & Culture Education Service, and New York City Department of Education. Her scholarly interests include integration of performance and education through teaching artistry, career development and entrepreneurship skills for musicians, student centered teaching in applied instruction, music of women and composers of color, and social consciousness, activism and advocacy through the arts.
Ms. Hong-Park is deeply committed to providing access and education on the arts to serve as an 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. Her recent professional activities include a workshop on “Orchestra: An Indispensable Link Between Artists and Its Community” as a guest speaker for the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and a presentation on “Artists as Engaged Citizens; Artists as Leaders” for the Socially Engaged Musicians (SEM) Network in Korea. In recognition of her leadership in arts education, she has been featured in select interviews and documentaries on Educational Broadcasting System network in Korea.
Ms. Hong-Park is a founding member of the Ardelia Trio, praised for their “delicate” performance by The Epoch Times. Korea’s EBS Network Evening News acclaimed, “…There is something very special and unique about the way they present classical music.” The trio aims to bridge the gap between performers and audience through interactive concerts. Ms. Hong-Park was integral in establishing a community concert residency for underserved children in Korea in partnership with 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 Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Upon her graduation from Juilliard, she received the school’s highest award, William Schuman Prize for her exceptional achievement, leadership and service in music.
Ms.Hong-Park has served as a juror for the Music Teachers National Association, International Virtuoso Competition, New Jersey Music Teachers Association, and Music Educators Association of New Jersey.