Dr. Hyunjung Rachel Chung:
Since making her Carnegie Hall debut recital in 1996, Korean-American pianist Hyunjung Rachel Chung has paved a multifaceted path as a performer, educator, adjudicator, recording artist, and avocational composer. Her solo and collaborative recitals have taken her throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has appeared as a performer, presenter, and master class teacher in many conferences and music festivals including National Music Teachers Association National Conference, College Music Society International Conference, San Giacomo Festival, Grumo Festival, Forty Fingers–Manifestazione Pianistica Internazionale, South Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Arioso Musica Domani International Composition Prize, and Piano at Peabody Workshop.
Dedicated to the music of our time as well as the neglected and forgotten music, she has performed and recorded various piano solo works by women composers in her two award-winning albums in the Studio Jeeb label: My Cherished Garden: Piano Works by American Women Composers (2017) and Three Piano Sonatas by Women Composers (2018). The American Prize recognized her continuing achievement by naming her as the top prize winner of the 2020 Ernst Bacon Memorial Award. She has enjoyed collaborations with many instrumentalists and singers. Particularly, she had performed as a member of Eureka Duo from 2014 to 2019 to present chamber music written by women composers. Also, she has frequently shared a stage with her husband and a tenor Dr. Sungbae Kim.
A devoted educator, Hyunjung Rachel Chung is an associate professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Chung earned 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 principal teachers include Kwi Hyun Kim, Arkady Aronov, Boris Slutsky, the late Theodore Lettvin, and Susan Starr.