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. As a recording artist, she has released several CDs on Albany, Centaur, Parma/Ravello, and Sony/BMG 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 Wonjoo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Virtuosi of Festival Internacionale de Musica in Recife, Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, the Sun-Hwa Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hot Springs Festival 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. Engagements in 2018-2019 include a solo appearance with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra; a recital of Korean contemporary music at the San Francisco Center for New Music; appearances at the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco and Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston; and an interdisciplinary project on piano etudes with visual artist Min Oh.

Ms. Chang has showcased her versatility and excellence on many prestigious stages with renowned musicians including William Preucil, Chee-Yun, Frank Cohen, Richard Young, and Andrés Díaz. 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 the world premiere of Robert Aldridge’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Brevard Sinfonia; appearances at the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society; solo performances and lectures at Seoul National University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Kaohsiung Normal University, and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; guest chamber concerts at University of Michigan, Michigan State University, New Mexico State University, and Arizona State University.

In 2016, she launched a multi-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 will focus on piano fantasies, including new works written for this project by Peter Kramer (NYC), Shinuh Lee (Seoul National University), and Seung-Yon Kim (Vienna). You can follow this project (and other fun adventures) on https://instagram.com/pianojihye and www.facebook.com/pianojihye. This project will also be featured on CCon Box media  at www.facebook.com/cconbox as a part of “Contemporary Music Lecture Series” in later 2018. 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.

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.

She has been a piano faculty at the Brevaed Music Center since 2013. Recently she was invited to serve as Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University's College of Music, where she is currently a lecturer. She also plays regularly with the Intersection Contemporary Ensemble in Nashville. She resides in sunny Tallahassee with her husband, violinist Benjamin Sung, and their amazing baby boy, Aiden. In her leisure time Jihye enjoys drinking good espresso, cooking, and eating.