Caroline Hong, professor of piano, and executive and artistic director of the Franz Liszt (U.S.) International Piano Festival and Competition (hosted by The Ohio State University School of Music), received her training from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (BM, scholarship student, graduating with performance honors), The Juilliard School (MM), and Indiana University (DM) where she also served as an associate instructor for theory and secondary piano. She has served on faculty for the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Vianden International Festival and School (Luxembourg), Longwood University, and was the first female faculty member at the Piano at Peabody Roads Scholar summer program (2005). Her teachers include Martin Canin, Jerome Lowenthal, Sergei Babayan, Dmitrii Paperno, Ann Schein, Karen Shaw, M. Deitzer and Fernando Laires; and Claude Frank, John Browning, Leon Fleisher, Gyorgy Sebok, and Menahem Pressler as master class teachers. Her first teacher, with whom she began study of piano at age two, was her mother, Mrs. Koon Ja Hong.
Hailed for her “expressive and powerful playing,” “formidable technique,” as well as her “keen sense of lyricism and the classical style,” Korean-American pianist Caroline Hong continues to flourish in her career as an internationally active soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, master class teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and recording artist. Pulitzer Prize and Academy award-winning composer John Corigliano referred to her as “one of the greatest pianists I have ever heard” after a performance of his Etude Fantasy (1976). Critics wrote that it was “breathtaking” and “hard to imagine a better performance.” Favorably reviewed by American Record Guide, she has recorded for Mark Records and Fleur de Son, further establishing herself as an interpreter of living composers’ piano solo music. As a chamber musician, she has performed with many fine artist groups including the Vermeer String Quartet and the Dorian Wind Quintet, and toured extensively in the U.S. as a member of the piano/violin duo, Duo Viardot, with Charles Wetherbee.
Caroline Hong made her debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition. During her competing years, she became a laureate of the Van Cliburn International Audition, the Robert Casadesus International Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, UNISA International Piano Competition, Beethoven Foundation, Distinguished Performer of the Palm Beach International Piano Competition, Winner of the Society of American Musicians, Bach Festival of Southern California, among others. As winner of the Chicago Civic Orchestra Soloist Competition, she performed in Symphony Center under the baton of Michael Morgan, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. She has been a featured on radio broadcasts worldwide, as a performer for the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy, Robert Sherman’s “Young Artists Showcase” (New York Times Radio), and South Afrikaans radio, among others. She is a Steinway Artist, the principal founder of the American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter, and an associate musician of the Columbus Symphony where she functions as the de facto principal keyboardist.
Dr. Hong’s graduate advisees come from prestigious institutions including Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Seoul National University, Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Her strong teaching record is evidenced by her students winning competitions and faculty positions. Following are a list of her graduates of record:
Dr. Liguang Zhou 2018
Dr. Mihyun Lee 2014
Dr. Jinyoung Kim 2014 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Jiyoung Park 2012
Dr. Kyounglae Kang 2011 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Rina Shimizu Grow 2011
Dr. Joseph Van Dyke 2011 (DMA Document Award)
Dr. Hye Kyung Liz Yoon 2010
Dr. Mei-Hsuan Huang 2010 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Lin-San Chou 2010
Dr. Seonok Kim 2010 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Ryan Behan 2009 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Junghwa Lee 2008
Dr. Yungjen Chen 2006 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Na Young Kim 2004 (DMA Document Award)
Dr. Eun Kyoung Yang 2003 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Yung Ching Yang 2002
Dr. Min Jung Cho 2002
Dr. Hee Chung 2002
Dr. Chllung Wel Chou 1998