Korean-born pianist Sejeong Jeong who has begun the piano at the age of 5 graduated with Sunhwa Arts High School Piano Exam Excellence Award (2006) and entered as top student for Sookmyung Women’s University College of Music (Korea, 2007) and graduated top in piano performance (2010). She earned Bachelor degree in Piano Performance and received an honor of Special Leadership Program degree at Sookmyung Women’s University. (2010)
She won many awards in competitions from Eumak Chunch, Brahms, CBS competitions in South Korea and was invited as a rising artist to many renowned concerts series such as 74th ChosunIlbo Debut Concert, Youngsan Grace Hall Tanlented Youth Recital, and Royal 20’s concert. She also actively played as a representative student of Sookmyung Women’s University. She played Mozart Piano Concerto K. 467 at Piano Concerto Festival with Seoul National University Orchestra (2008), and also performed Beethoven Concerto No.4 in Annual Concert at Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall with Sookmyung Women’s University Orchestra (2009), and she features as a one of the artists in sister relation anniversary concert with Royal Academy of Music. In USA, she recently performed Lowell Liebermann’s Gargoyles in Carnegie Weill recital hall, NY. She is also the 2nd prize winner from Liszt-Garrison International Competition in Baltimore, MD. When she was studying her master in Illinois State University she was selected as an Alternate Illinois State Winner and Honorable mention at MTNA Young Artist Competition in 2012 and 2013.
Frequently, playing with her siblings in piano trios deepened her appreciation for ensemble music. Even in elementary school they would hold family concerts from which the proceeds would be donated to orphanages. Some of these concerts were featured by local television. These benefit performances continued in college where she would perform with her sister for the children at House of Hope, an orphanage in Korea and continued to Charity Concert at Blair House Senior Independent Living Community IL. In the area of Bloomington-Normal in Illinois, she activatly participated in community services such as the benefit concert for India Kuki tribe with ISU colleague and Christmas Eve concert at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. Her interest in new music led her a tour concert with ISU wind symphony orchestra and have been performed many wind ensemble pieces by Michael Colgrass, David Maslanka, Scott McAllistert, Jennifer Higdon, Paul Dooley and Steve danyew. She especially have been enjoyed the genre of “Prepared Piano” by premering Dr. Magnuson’s Innsmouth, Massachusetts-1927 and by researching about performance practice of John Cage’s Bacchanale and Music of Changes.
She was selected as a scholarship student from Graduate Incentive Award in Collge of Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati (2014), Sookmyung Women’s University Alumni Scholarship (2013), Kindom Dreamer Scholarsrhip (2013), Chungbuk Human Resource Development Foundation (2009, 2010) and Salt-pan Corp. (2008), which helped her to keep her study so far. Also, she selected as a member of the Global Culture Tour Team to research the music education of Musikschule in German.
Now, she studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music for her DMA degree under Professor Awadagin Pratt. She has a vision to wholly devote her life to reach out to children, teens, and hurting people in order to help restore their dreams and hopes. Her identity "Sejeong, the pianist to inspire life" leads her strongly now.