Jonathan Jung and Joohae Kim

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This guest recital is free and open to the public.

Born in South Korea, New Zealand pianist Joohae Kim began learning the piano at the age of three. Dr. Joohae Kim studied piano performance at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and completed her Bachelor and Masters degrees with first class under the guidance of the  leading pedagogue Dr. Rae de Lisle. In 2008, she received an invitation to study at Florida State University, later completing her Doctorate of Music in Piano Performance under Dr. Read Gainsford; her research emphasis was four New Zealand piano preludes. She made her debut at the Carnegie Hall performing these works in 2012.

Dr. Kim’s performances have earned numerous prizes in major piano competitions, including Kerikeri Piano Competition, Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition, and Christchurch National Piano Concerto Competition. As a soloist, she collaborated with Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and Bach Musica Chamber Orchestra of New Zealand. Dr. Kim’s recitals and concerto performances have been recorded and broadcasted by Radio New Zealand and Concert FM Radio for the Young New Zealand series. She was invited as a Collaborative Guest Artist in Whitehead Hall, Valdosta State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane University, Jones County Junior College, and Loyola University. In 2014, her piano trio, "Lumineux" was invited to give performances and master-classes at the music festival in Te Anau, New Zealand. As a chamber musician, Dr. Kim has collaborated with renowned artists, including Felix Wang, Michael Strauss, William Campbell, Jonas Thomas, David Requiro, Roger Myers, and Jesús Castro-Balbi.

For her achievements in teaching and performing, Dr. Kim was awarded the University of Auckland Blues Awards for Achievement in Music in Piano Performance. She was also a recipient of Miss Willa Chapman Award from the Rotary Club of Tallahassee. Previously, Dr. Kim served as a Collaborative Faculty Artist at the University of Southern Mississippi. She recently joined the faculty of the School of Music at Lee University to teach Applied Piano and Class Piano sequences and to continue performing as a solo/collaborative artist. Outside her musical career, Joohae loves to take long walks and to travel with her husband Jonathan.


South Korean-New Zealand pianist Jonathan Jung concertizes regularly across the USA, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. He has been featured as a Guest Artist at the Texas State International Piano Festival and Brevard Summer Music Festival. Jonathan has performed with the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra of New Zealand, University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, and Auckland Youth Orchestra. Jonathan received prizes in Kerikeri Piano Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition, Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition, and Christchurch National Piano Concerto Competition. His solo recitals and concerto performances have been recorded and broadcasted by Radio New Zealand and World TV. He has been featured in public master classes with renowned pianists including Joseph Banowetz, Bao Hui-qiao, Piers Lane, Marina Lomazov, Jura Margulis, Hiroko Nakamura, John Perry, Martin Roscoe, Vladimir Tropp, and Arie Vardi.

As a composer, Jonathan has premiered and performed his own compositions at Carnegie Hall, University of Southern Mississippi, Tulane University, Hatch Recital Hall, and Brevard Music Center. In a review of his recent Carnegie Hall Recital, New York Concert Review wrote, “[Mr. Jung’s] The four pieces are (no title), Illuminate, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. There is a strong French influence in the first three; the first two have striking Debussyian qualities, and the third reminds one of Milhaud. The piano part is virtuosic; there is no “hack-in-the-back” anywhere to be found in any of the selections. The fourth piece, the Agnus Dei, was much more individualistic, with a mournful sound that was truly moving.” Jonathan enjoys writing music for all instruments and he is a devoted chamber musician.

Jonathan completed a Master of Music Degree and Bachelor of Music (Honours) Degree with First Class at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In 2009, he received an invitation to study in the USA to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (2016), Master of Arts in Theory Pedagogy Degree (2015), and Master of Music Degree (2011) at the Eastman School of Music. His academic mentors include Barry Snyder, Rae de Lisle, Read Gainsford, Douglas Humpherys, Thomas Schumacher, Steven Laitz, Elizabeth Marvin, Katherine Ciesinski, David Temperley and Matthew Brown.

Jonathan has a passion for collecting rare historical music recordings of the early twentieth century. He is now combining this passion with his academic interest: music theory and music analysis. Jonathan’s current research is on tempo rubato—an in-depth comparative study between nineteenth- and twentieth-century pianists’ interpretations. His thesis, titled “Structural Hearing of Rubato,” is a pedagogical study of tempo fluctuation in music performance, focusing on motives, counterpoint, and harmonization. Jonathan has presented his theoretical work at the MTNA and College Music Society conferences.

Jonathan previously taught Applied Piano, Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Class Piano sequences at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Jones County Junior College. Starting Fall 2017, he joined Lee University as Assistant Professor of Piano to continue his teaching, research, and performance career

Sep 20 2018, 7:30pm
Singletary Center Recital Hall

405 Rose Street

Free / Non-Ticketed

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