Jihye Chang

Jihye Chang

* Schedule and Project will be updated frequently.
* You can check out a copy of my doctorate document on Unsuk Chin's Piano Etudes through the Indiana University Music Library (via Inter-Library Loan). If the copy is not available, please contact me via email. You can also download the introduction of the docment on this website. (look to your left)

Pianist Jihye Chang has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist in venues throughout the North and South America, Europe, and Korea. Her performances and recordings have been broadcast on KBS TV and KBS FM Radio Korea, PBC TV Korea, Yedang TV Korea, and Costa Rica Classical Radio, and she has appeared as a soloist with the Brevard Sinfonia, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Wonjoo Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), the Virtuosi of Festival Internacionale de Musica in Recife, Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and the Indiana University New Music Ensemble. She has received many awards and recognitions including Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant, first prize at the Mikhashoff International Competition for Pianist-Composer Collaboration, Henry Kohn Award for outstanding achievement at the Tanglewood Music Center, an Honorary Fellowship from the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the President’s Award from Seoul National University, and the Grand Prize from the Samick Piano Competition, Korea. Her recordings can be found on labels such as Sony Korea, Albany, Centaur, and Ravello/ Parma. Most recently she recorded Steve Rouse’s violin sonata written for her and her husband, violinist Benjamin Sung.


Ms. Chang has showcased her versatility and excellence on many prestigious stages with renowned musicians including Chee-Yun, Frank Cohen, Andrés Díaz, Anton Kuerti, Richard Young, and Bion Tsang. She was also a guest artist at the Virtuosi Festival in Recife and Festival Inverno de Garanhuns in Brazil, Arts Festival Olivet in France, and Nuevo Mundo Festival y Academy in Aruba. Her recent concert highlights include appearances at the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, Blue Candlelight Concert Series in Dallas, and Noon Concert Series at U. C. Berkeley; solo performances and lectures at Seoul National University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Kaohsiung Normal University, and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; and guest chamber concerts at University of Michigan, Michigan State University, New Mexico State University, and Arizona State University.


In 2016, she launched a five-year solo recital project called “Continuum 88,” commissioning and premiering works related to the most prominent genres of piano literature.  This project began with a program entitled “Preludes Plus” at Framingham State University’s Noontime Concert Series, and has continued with premieres and commissioning of composers across the world on stages in Taipei and Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Seoul (Korea), Nashville, Knoxville, and Asheville among others. 2018-2019 season will focus on piano fantasies, including new works written for this project by Peter Kramer (NYC/ CUNY), Shinuh Lee (Seoul National University), and Seung-Yon Kim (Vienna). You can follow this project on https://instagram.com/pianojihye. 2019-2020 season will focus on variations and miniatures, with new works written for the project by young and exciting composers Amadeus Julian Regucera and Sunghyun Lee. Her dedication to contemporary music has brought her to collaborate with many renowned composers and appearances at Seoul National University’s Studio 2021, Ball State University’s New Music Festival, Ligeti Festival and John Cage Centennial Festival at Florida State University, and a residency at Indiana University Southwest, to name a few. In 2019-2020, she will also bring a program of contemporary women composers’ works to Texas Christian University, U. C. Berkeley, and venues in Nashville and Seoul. Her research focus has been on piano etudes more than ten years, with lectures and classes at Florida State University and Brevard Music Center, and recently she published a book on etudes with visual artist Min Oh on Specter publication.


She is a dedicated educator of young performers and the next generation of music audience. She has been working with the Rosemary Beach foundation, FL, since 2011 on an interdisciplinary project “Music in Pictures,” with hundreds of students K through 10 in Walton County, in which students listen to classical music and create art works. In January 2019 she launched “Piano Intensive at the Brevard Music Center,” an immersive course on piano techniques, practice and performance strategies, and injury prevention. She has presented lectures and workshops on these topics in various institutions, including Vanderbilt University Pre-College Program, Charleston Academy of Music and Douglas Anderson High School Jacksonville. In May 2019, she will begin a book and recording series for children with Neo Music Korea.


Ms. Chang holds the degrees of Doctor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of György Sebök, Reiko Neriki, and Edward Auer. She received her Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Seoul National University. She also had the privilege to study with Emanuel Ax, Marc Durand, Claude Frank, Robert Levin, Yo Yo Ma, Ursula Oppens, and John Perry at the Tanglewood Music Center, Banff Centre’s Chamber Music Residency, Orford Festival, and Sarasota Music Festival.


Recently she was invited to serve as Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University's College of Music, where she has also taught as a lecturer since 2011. She has held the piano faculty position at the Brevard Music Center since 2013, and also regularly plays with the Intersection Contemporary Ensemble in Nashville. She lives in sunny Tallahassee with her husband Ben Sung, violinist, and their amazing boy Aiden. In her leisure time she enjoys sipping great espresso macchiatos, reading cookbooks, and eating great food with friends.