Ji Su Jung

“Ji Su Jung’s performance was dazzling—filled with breathtaking virtuosity but also beautifully shaped with extraordinary color and nuance.” —JoAnn Falletta

The first solo percussionist to ever receive the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ji Su Jung has a distinctive musical voice that is instantly recognizable for its depth and lyricism. Born in South Korea, Jung began studying marimba at age four, a rarity among percussionists. Since launching her career as a soloist, she has performed concertos with such leading orchestras and conductors as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, the Houston Symphony with Daniel Hege, the Aspen Festival Orchestra with Michael Stern, the Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic with JoAnn Falletta, the Grand Rapids Symphony with Marcelo Lehninger, and the Boise Philharmonic with Eric Garcia. Highlights of Jung’s 2023-24 season include concerto appearances with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Sarasota Orchestra, and the Wyoming Symphony.

“Ji Su Jung’s performance of the Kevin Puts Marimba Concerto was dazzling—filled with breathtaking virtuosity but also beautifully shaped with extraordinary color and nuance,” remarked conductor JoAnn Falletta about Jung’s performance with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Jung’s recording of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’s Marimba Concerto, performed with the Baltimore Symphony and Marin Alsop, was released on the Naxos label in February 2023. Pizzicato said of the recording that “Jung elicits wide spectrums from the work with superior technical execution.”

Equally at home as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and collaborative artist, Jung has performed solo recitals in such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ newly renovated David Geffen Hall. An active chamber musician, she frequently performs with The Percussion Collective, an all-star collection of young percussionists, of which she has been a core member since its inception. As part of The Percussion Collective, she has recorded Garth Neustadter’s Seaborne, anticipated to be released in 2024. As a collaborative artist, she has also appeared at Yellow Barn and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, where she performed with notable artists such as Gilbert Kalish and the late Roger Tapping.

In addition to receiving the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2022, she won both First Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the 2018 Ima Hogg Competition of the Houston Symphony, as well as a top prize at the 2015 International Marimba Competition in Linz, Austria. She has also appeared as a young artist in residence with American Public Media’s highly popular radio program Performance Today, hosted by Fred Child.

Recognized internationally as a pedagogue, Jung serves on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. She has taught master classes at New York University’s Steinhardt School, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Michigan State University, and Beijing Central Conservatory in China, among other schools.

Jung holds a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she attended thanks to a generous grant from The Brookby Foundation. She also holds a master’s degree and an artist diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Robert van Sice.

Jung is a musical ambassador for Adams Percussion, Pearl/Adams, and Vic Firth percussion companies.



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  • Ji Su Jung performs the Marimba Concerto of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop.

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    *Indicates concertos of focus for the 2023-24 season; however, all concertos are available for consideration.

    Current as of February 2024.


    Richard Bennett: Concerto for Marimba and Chamber Orchestra

    *Martin Bresnick: Grace, for Two Marimbas and Orchestra                                      

    *Eric Ewazen: Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, Op. 34                          

    *Alan Hovhaness: Fantasy on Japanese Wood Prints, Op. 211 (“Han-ga Genso”)       

    Soomin Kim: Marimba Concerto

    Peter Klatzow: Concerto for Marimba, Flute, and String Orchestra

    Per Nørgård: For a Change (Percussion Concerto No.1)

    *Kevin Puts: Marimba Concerto                                                                         

    Joseph Schwantner: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra

    *Emanuel Sejourné: Concerto for Marimba and Strings (2005 version)              

    Tōru Takemitsu: Gitimalya (“Bouquet of Songs”)

    *Christopher Theofanidis: Concerto for Marimba and Wind Sinfonietta         

    *Christopher Theofanidis: Concerto for Marimba and Symphony Orchestra              

    Note: Theofanidis’s Concerto for Marimba and Symphony Orchestra is a new version of the concerto originally composed for marimba and wind sinfonietta. Theofanidis is creating this new version for symphony orchestra specifically for Ji Su Jung, which she will debut in Fall 2024.

    *Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni)

    Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, “Spring” (La primavera)

    Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “Summer” (L’estate)

    Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “Autumn” (L’autunno)

    Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “Winter” (L’inverno)

    Note: The Four Seasons can be performed with marimba and string orchestra, marimba and string quartet, or a string ensemble of intermediate size. Presenters may select any or all of the four concertos.

    Repertoire must be approved by Ji Su Jung. Contact the Curtis Institute of Music representatives below with any inquiries.

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    Recital Program 1: Boundless Horizon

    Music of Female Composers

    Ji Su Jung is using her 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant to expand the repertoire for solo marimba by commissioning new works by female composers from various cultures around the world. This colorful program gives life to two new works, presented alongside familiar female voices.


    Mlle Bocquet: Prelude in D minor for Lute

    Mlle Bocquet: Allemande in D minor for Lute

    Mlle Bocquet: Gigue in D minor for Lute

    Mlle Bocquet: Sarabande in A minor for Lute

    Lili Boulanger: “D’un Jardin Clair,” from Trois Morceaux pour Piano

    Joan Tower: Clocks

    Nina Young: Mezzanine

    *Soomin Kim: …does not remember the footprints of birds


    Missy Mazzoli: Orizzonte for piano and pre-recorded soundtrack

    *Dai Wei: newly commissioned work, title TBD

    Clara Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 11

    *New works commissioned for this program.


    Recital Program 2


    Bach: Suite in E minor for Lute, BWV 996

    Ligeti: “Arc-en-Ciel,” from Études for Piano (Book 1)

    Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K. 213

    Nina Young: Mezzanine

    Soomin Kim: …does not remember the footprints of birds


    Jacob Druckman: Reflections on the Nature of Water

    Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D minor, K. 32

    Tchaikovsky: October (“Autumn Song”), from The Seasons, Op. 37b

    Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert, Part IIc


    Repertoire subject to change; substitutions may be available. Programs must be approved by the Ji Su Jung. Contact the Curtis Institute of Music representatives below with any inquiries.


  • Acclaimed violinist Timothy Chooi and celebrated marimbist Ji Su Jung join forces to perform a colorful and dynamic program including works by Piazzolla, Kreisler, Keith Jarrett, and Gabriela Ortiz. The duo offers both a full-length recital program and a 1-hour version that can be performed without intermission.


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