Doctoral piano student Soyoung Jung was named the winner of the young artist age group at the inaugural Pittsburgh International Piano Competition, held in April 2018. Along with a cash prize, Soyoung will participate in a winner's concert held in late July at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York City.
Soyoung is an active soloist and chamber musician performing primarily around North America and South Korea. Some of her other prizes include first prizes at the Yale National Music Competition and Keimyung University Piano Department Alumni Competition, as well as second and third prizes from several national competitions in Korea. As a Penn State Philharmonic Concerto Competition winner, she performed a movement from Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11) with the orchestra in February 2016. She was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Marian Garcia International Piano Competition in 2015.
Soyoung has performed in festivals at the Beethoven Institute and Ecole Normal International Music Festival in Paris. She has also been selected to perform in masterclasses with Logan Skelton, Mikhail Alexandrov, Choong-Mo Kang, and HaeSun Paik.
Jung completed her undergraduate studies at Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea. She received her master’s degree in piano performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where she studied with renowned pianist Brian Ganz. She is currently a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at Penn State, studying with faculty member José Ramón Méndez.