Artist Profile of Ji Hye Jung, principal percussion of Camerata Pacifica
Ji Hye Jung, celebrated as a “spectacular” and “extraordinary” percussionist by prominent publications, is a virtuoso whose talents have graced audiences worldwide. Beginning her musical journey in South Korea at the age of nine, she quickly became a sensation, performing over 100 concerts, including solo appearances with major orchestras in her homeland. Since her arrival in the United States in 2004, Ms. Jung has earned prestigious accolades, winning first prizes at renowned competitions. Her commitment to pushing the boundaries of percussion repertoire has led her to collaborate with esteemed composers, premiering their works. Notably, she made the premier recording of Michael Torke’s marimba concerto “Mojave” and recorded Phillip Glass’ “Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra” for the Naxos label. As the principal percussionist of Camerata Pacifica, she continues to shine, premiering works and performing with esteemed conductors and musicians. An educator at heart, Ji Hye Jung imparts her knowledge through teaching and masterclasses, and she holds the position of Associate Professor of Percussion at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. Her exceptional artistry is endorsed by Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals.