Jihea Hong-Park


Piano Institute

Korean American pianist Jihea Hong-Park enjoys a versatile and vibrant career as a performer,  educator, clinician, and citizen artist. She has performed at major venues such as Carnegie Hall,  Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  Steinway Hall, The Kosciusko Foundation, the Bar Harbor Music Festival, and Caramoor  Summer Music Festival. She has appeared on concert stages internationally, including  performances at the International Symposium and Festival of the Centre of Intercultural Music  Arts at the University of Cambridge in England, 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, Stockholm Cathedral in Sweden, Maarja-Magdaleena Lutheran Church in  Estonia, and Riga Dome Cathedral in Latvia. In 2019, Ms. Hong-Park co-hosted a series of five  New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts entitled “Coming to New York – Immigrant  Voices” alongside the Omaha Symphony’s music director, Thomas Wilkins, at David Geffen  Hall, Lincoln Center. 

Ms. Hong-Park currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Piano at Brigham Young  University. Prior to her appointment at BYU, she taught on the piano faculty at The Juilliard  School’s Evening Division and was a lead teaching artist at the New York Philharmonic. As a  guest artist, she has performed at prestigious institutions such as Tokyo College of Music,  Niigata University, University of North Texas, UCLA, University of Southern California, St.  Francis College, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. Through  masterclasses, lectures, and chamber music instruction, she has also worked with students from  across the world, including Showa University, Kobe College, Osaka University of the Arts,  Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Missouri State University, Grand Valley State University,  Loyola University New Orleans, Weber State University, Juilliard’s Pre-College, Eastern  Mennonite University, Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Montclair State University’s  Preparatory Center for the Arts, pianoSonoma Music Festival, Ernest So Masterclass Series in  Hong Kong, and Gitameit Music Institute in Myanmar. 

As an avid clinician and workshop facilitator, Ms. Hong-Park has presented at the International  Teaching Artist Conference, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization  (UNESCO)’s UNITWIN International Arts Symposium, the National Conference on Keyboard  

Pedagogy, College Music Society’s National Conferences, Music Teachers National Association’s National Conference, Peace & Life Zone Music Festival @ DMZ Korea, Socially  Engaged Musicians Network Forum of Korea, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Youth Orchestra  of St. Luke’s, and New York City Department of Education. Her scholarly interest includes career development for musicians, integration of music performance and education through  teaching artistry, community engagement and leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration in the  creative arts, Asian American studies in classical music, the music of women and composers of  color, and social consciousness, activism, and advocacy of the arts. 

Ms. Hong-Park is deeply committed to providing access to and education for the arts. She has  organized and established numerous community concert residencies and projects to raise funds  for non-profit organizations and bring arts to underserved communities. In recognition of her  leadership in arts education, she has been featured in select interviews and documentaries on the  Educational Broadcasting System network in Korea.

Ms. Hong-Park is a founding member of the Ardelia Trio, praised by Korea’s EBS Network  Evening News as “…something very special and unique…” Enthusiastic about contemporary  music, the trio held its debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2012, featuring commissioned  works of Cypriot composer Sophia Serghi. Ms. Hong-Park was also integral in establishing a  community concert residency in Korea in partnership with the community organization Mécénat.  The trio received $25,000 from POSCO, Korea’s largest steel manufacturing company, in  support of their endeavors. Most recently, the Ardelia Trio has been invited to be the Artist-in  Residence Ensemble at College of William and Mary, the second-oldest institution of higher  education in the United States, in the 2022-23 concert season.  

Ms. Hong-Park received her B.M. and M.M. degrees at The Juilliard School and pursued  postgraduate studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her principal teachers include  Julian Martin, Jacob Lateiner, and Bruce Brubaker. Upon her graduation from Juilliard, she  received the school’s highest award, William Schuman Commencement Prize, for her  exceptional achievement, leadership, and service in music. 

Ms. Hong-Park has served as a juror for the MTNA Eastern Division Competition, UMTA Piano  Concerto Competition, NJMTA Piano Competition, International Virtuoso Competition, Encore Keyboard Competition, and MEANJ Piano Auditions. She currently serves as the chair of the  MTNA/UMTA Piano Performance Competition. 

Ms. Hong-Park is a proud alumna of Brevard Music Center ('96).