Jihye Chang

Jihye Chang

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* 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)"Celebration of Women Composers" and Shakespeare in Music" 

Pianist Jihye Chang has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Korea, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Honduras. 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, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Sun-Hwa Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hot Springs Festival Ensemble.
Ms. Chang has showcased her versatility and excellence on many prestigious stages with renowned musicians, including William Preucil (violin), Jun Iwasaki (violin), Alexandra Preucil (violin), Scott Rawls (viola), and Jonathan Spitz (cello). She was also a guest artist at the Virtuosi Festival in Recife and Festival Inverno de Garanhuns in Brazil and Arts Festival Olivet in France. Her recent engagements include a lecture and solo performance at Converse College for the Guest Artist Series, Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Dante-The Divine Comedy Project, a recital tour with clarinetist Deborah Bisch and violist Pamela Ryan, and numerous appearances at the Cummer Museum and Museum Of Contemporary Arts in Jacksonville. Future engagements include an appearance at the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society with Frank Cohen (clarinet), Bion Tseng (cello), and Richard Young (violin/viola), recital tour with Deborah Bish (clarinet), and appearance at the Brevard Music Center’s First Mondays series.  In October 2016, she will be launching a five year solo recital project, which will commission new works related to the most prominent genres of piano literature, ranging from preludes and etudes to sonatas.  This project begins with a program entitled “Preludes Plus” at Framingham State University’s Noontime Concert Series, with the premiere of Prelude No. 19 by Uzong Choi, and will continue with young composers across the world.

Together with violinist Benjamin Sung, Ms. Chang was one of the recipients of the Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant. They recorded four pieces for violin and piano by young American composers, three of which were written for them, and the album was released on Albany Records in 2013. She was also the first winner of the Mikhashoff International Competition for Pianist-Composer Collaboration in 2008, and gave her winner’s recital at the Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY. Other awards and honors include the 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. As a recording artist, she has released several commercial CDs including “Piano for Easy Listening” on Sony/ BMG Korea,  “Classics for Children” on Seoul Record, Korea, and a solo piano collection for children ("I am Piano") from Universal Korea. She also curated a collection of 12 CDs entitled “12 Months of Classical Music” for Sony Music Korea. Most recently she recorded Steve Rouse’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, written for herself and violinist Benjamin Sung, for the Parma label.

An avid performer of new music, Ms. Chang has been a frequent guest artist of the Studio 2021 Series at Seoul National University, new music festivals at Ball State University and the University of Louisville. Most recently she was a guest artist at Florida State University’s Ligeti Festival and John Cage Festival, and she will be a guest in residency for University of Miami's composition department in spring 2015. She has premiered more than thirty works, many of them written for her, and has closely worked with David Dzubay, John Harbison, George Perle, Steve Rouse, Marc Satterwhite, and Gunther Schuller, among others. Her doctoral research on the etudes of György Ligeti and Unsuk Chin has evolved into an ongoing series of lectures and recitals exploring the piano etudes and miniatures of the 20th and 21st centuries, which she has presented at Indiana University, University of Louisville, Seoul National University, Florida State University, and Auburn University Montgomery. This research interest also developed into a class at Florida State University and a lecture series on the subject at the Brevard Music Center. In 2017, she will present a special lecture and recital on this topic at Seoul National University’s Studio 2021's Mega Concert in May 2017.

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, Pamela 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 served as a faculty member at Concordia College, MN, North Dakota State University, and the Troy University AL, and as the Artist in Residency for Rosemary Beach Foundation's "Music In Pictures" supported by Florida Division of Cultural Affairs in the past.
Recently she was invited to serve as Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University's College of Music. She is on the piano faculties of the Brevard Music Center and the Nuevo Mundo Festival Aruba, and is also a core member of 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.