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 and adjudicator. 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.
Caroline Hong made her debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition. She is 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. She has been a featured performer on Robert Sherman’s “Young Artists Showcase” (New York Times Radio) and countless other radio broadcasts throughout the nation and abroad, also as a performer for the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy. As winner of the Chicago Civic Orchestra Soloist Competition, she performed in Symphony Center under the baton of Michael Morgan. Hong has had the privilege of studying with luminaries such as Martin Canin, Jerome Lowenthal, Sergei Babayan, Dmitrii Paperno, Ann Schein, Karen Shaw and M. Deitzer, and in solo master class with Claude Frank, John Browning, Leon Fleisher, and chamber master classes with the late Gyorgy Sebok and Menahem Pressler, among others. Her first teacher, with whom she began study of piano at age two, was her own mother, Mrs. Koon Ja Hong.
Caroline Hong received her training from the Juilliard School in New York (MM), the Peabody Institute (BM), and holds a doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University (DM). She has served on faculty for the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Vianden International Festival and School (Luxembourg), “Piano at Peabody,” Longwood University, as both piano and theory associate instructor for Indiana University, and is currently serving as professor at The Ohio State University. Dr. Hong has a strong teaching record reflected by successful students who have won competitions and positions in music academia. 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. She is a Steinway Artist, the principal founding member and president of the American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter, and the executive and artistic director of the Franz Liszt (U.S.) International Festival and Piano Competition. Other professional affiliations include Music Teachers National Association, Ohio Music Teachers Association, and the Columbus Symphony.
Dr. Hong maintains success as a graduate advisor having worked with students from prestigious institutions including Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Seoul National University, Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Following is a list of her DMA graduates, with seven student winners of the Ohio State DMA Concerto Competition, and two DMA Document Award winners:
Dr. Chllung Wel Chou 1998
Dr. Hee Chung 2002
Dr. Min Jung Cho 2002
Dr. Yung Ching Yang 2002
Dr. Eun Kyoung Yang 2003 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Na Young Kim 2004 (DMA Document Award)
Dr. Yungjen Chen 2006 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Junghwa Lee 2008
Dr. Ryan Behan 2009 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Sujin Kim 2009
Dr. Seonok Phoebe Kim 2010 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Lin-San Chou 2010
Dr. Mei-Hsuan Huang 2010 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Hye Kyung Liz Yoon 2010
Dr. Joseph Van Dyke 2011 (DMA Document Award)
Dr. Rina Shimizu Grow 2011
Dr. Kyounglae Gina Kang 2011 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Jiyoung Park 2012
Dr. Jinny Kim 2014 (DMA Concerto Competition Winner)
Dr. Mihyun Lee 2014