Jiyoun Chung is a pianist composer, originally from South Korea. Since she moved to
the USA in 2008, her pieces have been performed at festivals and concerts in the USA,
Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Recent ones include the National Conference of the College
Music Society, American Composers Orchestra Earshot, The Mizzou New Music Initiative,
Darkwater Women in Music Festival, Ball State University New Music Festival, The Locrian
Chamber Players Concert, String Quartet Smackdown V, Music by Women Festival at Mississippi
University for Women, Singapore Asian Composers Festival, Graduate Association of
Music and Musician at University of Texas-Austin, Red Note Festival and many others.
Her pieces have been commissioned, performed or recorded by outstanding groups and
musicians such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Invoke, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra,
Columbia Chamber Choir, Locrian Chamber Players, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus,
Catchfire Collective, Jonathan Levin, April Kim, and John Koch. She was the winner
of 2020 Locrian Chamber Players Call for Scores, 2020 Missouri Composers Project Competition,
2015 Singapore Asian Composers Festival, and the second place winner of 2020 Darkwater
Women in Music Composition Competition, and a finalist in the 2020 Women Composers
Festival of Hartford International Call for Score, 2019 String Quartet Smackdown V,
2014 PUBLIQ Access Competition and 2014 Birmingham New Music Festival, a semifinalist
in The American Prize in 2013 and 2014, and she also received honorable mention in
the Rebecca Sherburn Composition competition.
As a composer from Korea who favors Western musical languages as a medium for composition,
it has always been her passion to create works that integrate her native culture in
some ways. Sometimes she combines both musical languages, and other times, as found
in many of her recent compositions, Korean cultural influences serve as the inspiration.
While the wealth of inspiration derives from Korean culture, other inspiration comes
from various musical portraits and genres such as popular music, jazz, K-pop, and
dance music. As languages, structures, timbres, and vocabularies from those have expanded
her musical palette, her pieces show a broad spectrum of those diverse influences.
Jiyoun actively performs as a pianist. She started to learn piano at the age of four.
For further study in contemporary repertoire, she studied with Tuyen Tonnu at Illinois
State University and received her master’s degree in piano performance. Since then,
she has performed with musicians including Zach Shemon, John Koch, Eunkyung Son, Andrew
Francois and many others. She also appeared on the ISU orchestra, ISU Jazz Ensemble,
and Ensemble Musica Nova. Her piano performances are now mainly focused on premiering
and performing contemporary music in ensemble setting.
Before joining Illinois Wesleyan University, she served as a Composers in the Schools
Visiting Artist at several public schools in Kansas City. While at Illinois State
University, she taught music theory and musicianship as a teaching assistant.
She has worked actively as an arranger with professional orchestras and choirs as
well. In 2012, Yesol publishing company published her book of arrangement, Rainbowbox
Orchestra Performance Book.
Jiyoun Chung received her Bachelor in Composition from Hanyang University in South
Korea. She earned her Master’s degree in Composition and in Piano Performance from
Illinois State University, studying with Carl Schimmel and Martha Horst. She received
the Doctor of Musical Arts in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,
where she studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and James Mobberley. www.jiyounchung.com