Jung Yoon Wie
Francis Richard Fellow
“It is hard to “communicate” through music. What does that even mean? Yet, it has been a journey to find out what I like and not, what makes me angry, and somehow put all of them together and create beauty... I want to write about immigrants and children, whether it is in a genre of an opera or something else. I hope to tell a story and convey emotions in a form of beauty.”
— Jung Yoon Wie
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jung Yoon Wie was chosen alongside Rufus Reid and David Biedenbender by the American Composers Forum to write a new work for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in 2017. In 2016, her orchestral work, Water Prism, was performed by the New Jersey Symphony, one of four works selected for the Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Her chamber work, Whimsical Sketches, for two clarinets, percussion, and piano, received the Second Prize at the 2016 Robert Avalon International Competition and was premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX). In 2015, her work for string ensemble and percussion, Telephone, was premiered by Avanti! String Ensemble and Magnus Lindberg in Helsinki, Finland.
An avid performer, Wie enjoys concertizing as a pianist. In 2014, she premiered her piano concerto, Jindo Arirang Concerto, as an invited soloist with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra. This work would later win the First Prize at the 2014 Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Composers Competition and make Wie a finalist in the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In 2016, Wie performed the concerto again with the Wooster Symphony for the 100th-year celebration of the orchestra at Symphony Space, New York City.
Wie is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan.