3/9/11

About

Born in South Korea, Hyunjung Rachel Chung has concertized in North America, Europe, and Asia. She has distinguished herself in several competitions including the 27th Artist International New York Debut Audition, Milosz Magin International Piano Competition, and International Web Concert Hall Competition. After presenting her New York recital debut at the Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1996, Chung has appeared in various concert venues, and accepted invitations to perform and present lectures and masterclasses in the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Grumo Festival in Italy, Forty Fingers International Piano Festival in Rome, Arioso Musica Domani International Composition Prize, Piano at Peabody Workshop, Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival, Hawaii International Conference for the Arts and Humanities, College Music Society International Conference, and Van Cliburn Piano Institute to name a few.


Rachel has been following her passion for music of our time as well as unsung and forgotten music of the past. Most recent programs include compositions by Giuseppe Lupis, Augusta Read Thomas, Kye Ryung Park, Jennifer Higdon, Paolo Longo, Özkan Manav and Tania León, and two of the premiere performances were broadcast in Italy. In November 2017, she released her first CD My Cherished Garden: Piano Works by American Women Composers on the Studio Jeeb label which has received a Silver Medal from Global Music Awards in December 2017. As an acclaimed collaborative pianist, she has enjoyed collaborations with renowned instrumentalists and singers. With the violinist Qiao Chen Solomon, she inaugurated the Eureka Duo in 2014 and has performed chamber music written by women composers regularly in various concert halls and music festivals.


She is an Associate Professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Chung received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Seoul National University, a Master of Music degree and a Professional Study Diploma from the Mannes College of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her teachers include Kwi Hyun Kim, Arkady Aronov, Boris Slutsky, the late Theodore Lettvin, and Susan Starr.