A native of Busan, South Korea, a versatile violinist Ji-Woon Jung made her debut with the Busan Philharmonic at the age of 10. She has given numerous concerto performances and recitals, and has performed in festivals in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. She was a founding member and concertmaster of a string chamber orchestra Joy of Strings in Korea. With pianist Kimberly Carballo, her Duo Jung–Carballo, won the Premio Manuel M. Ponce in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Ji–Woon joined the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster in 2017.
After graduating from Korean National University of Arts, she came to Indiana University and earned graduate degrees from the Jacobs School of Music, where she has also served as faculty. She attended New England Conservatory as well as Accademia Musical Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Her teachers include Salvatore Accardo, Federico Agostini, Ik–Hwan Bae, Boris Belkin, James Buswell, Giuliano Carmignola, Miriam Fried, Nam–Yun Kim, Sung–Ju Lee, Stanley Ritchie, and Nelli Shkolinikova.
Dr. Jung won top prizes in Korea at the Busan National Music, Chosun, Dong–A, Jeunesses Musicales de Corrée, and Seoul Artist competitions. In the States, she won the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, Society of American Musicians competitions, and also the Hatfield–Jacobi award of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She also received the third and Musafia prize at the Cremona International Solo Violin Competition in Italy.
As an advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Jung premiered Dae–Woong Paeck’s Shin–kwandongbyulgok for string quartet and kayakum (a Korean traditional instrument), and the recording was released under the auspices of the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System). Her BloomingDuo, with harpist Fan–Fen Tai, premiered a tango suite, Seretonina, by Aaron Travers at a concert at the USA International Harp Competition.
Dr. Jung earned an Associate of Science in String Instrument Technology at IU under the tutelage of Thomas G. Sparks, and enthusiastically spends time making a violin. She hopes to perform on a violin she creates some day.