Ji Su Jung

Percussion / Performance

Born in South Korea, Ms. Jung began her percussion studies at age four and came to the United States in 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree and graduate performance diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, thanks to a generous grant from The Brookby Foundation in Wisconsin. She later received a Master of Music degree and artist diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she studied under the tutelage of famed percussionist Robert van Sice, her new Curtis colleague.

Ms. Jung’s exceptional potential quickly blossomed into professional success leading to concerto performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Romanian Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Windsor Symphony in Canada and many others. Her recitals across the United States have won over new audiences for the marimba, and her appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, resulted in an unexpected invitation to join the faculty at The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

Ms. Jung was the first percussionist in twenty-six years to win the First Prize at the 2018 Ima Hogg Competition of the Houston Symphony, where she also garnered the Audience Choice Award. In 2015, she was a laureate at the renowned International Marimba Competition in Linz, Austria, and NPR radio host Fred Childs invited Ms. Jung to be a young artist in residence on his nationally syndicated program, Performance Today. She has presented master classes at the Curtis Institute of Music, New York University, The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and the Beijing Conservatory in China.

Ms. Jung joined the Curtis faculty in 2022.