Hyunjung Song

Viola

Hometown: Seoul, Korea

Alma mater: Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, M.M., Graduate Performance Diploma

Instagram: @hyunjung5406

Photo by Matt Dine

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Appearances: York Symphony Orchestra, substitute; Aspen Music Festival, 2015, 2017; Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy, 2018; American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria, 2019

What is your earliest memory of classical music? When I was about 9 years old, I remember playing violin with a large group of other kids at a Suzuki violin academy.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? I used to play music as a hobby. When my music teacher suggested I should consider becoming a professional musician, the idea got me really excited and kept me up at nights. After a week, I somehow knew I wanted to become a musician. 

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply? My friends told me about TŌN, and I watched some of their concerts online.

Who is your biggest inspiration? Victoria Chiang. She was my professor while I was at the Peabody Conservatory. She was the one who inspired me to study abroad here in the U.S., and she made the experience meaningful.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? J.S. Bach’s Schafe können sicher weiden. Listening to this piece calms me and makes me happy.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? When I was a college student, my friends and I together made an ensemble entirely made of violists. We organized concerts, and they were successful and popular.

Do you have any embarrassing performance stories? When I was younger, I forgot to bring my instrument to a dress rehearsal, and I had to go back home.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Do more scale practice, and do technique exercises please.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Lauv, Norah Jones, Bruno Major

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Piano

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Youtuber. I can eat lots of ramen.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? Jeju island in Korea. My family took many trips to Jeju island, and I have lots of good memories.