Korean-American pianist Caroline Hong has been recognized as "one of the greatest pianists I have ever heard" by the Pulitzer Prize and Academy award-winning composer John Corigliano after her performance of his Etude Fantasy (1976). The Columbus Dispatch wrote of the same performance that it was "breathtaking" and "hard to imagine a better performance." She has also been praised by critics for her "expressive and powerful playing," "formidable technique," (Richmond Times Dispatch) as well as her "keen sense of lyricism and the classical style."
Caroline Hong has performed as soloist with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Crystal Cathedral Symphony, Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic, and the Indiana University Philharmonic, among others. As winner of the Chicago Civic Orchestra Soloist Competition, she made her debut in Orchestra Hall in a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto under the baton of Michael Morgan. 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, and was also selected to compete in the Montréal International Piano Competition. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as the winner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition (NY), and has won other prizes, including Distinguished Performer of the Palm Beach International Piano Competition, 1st prize in both Society of American Musicians (Chicago, IL) and Music Academy of the West Competition (Santa Barbara, CA), and MTNA. In her pre-college days, she was named Orange County's Best Pianist, and was a top winner in the Bach Festival of Southern California. She has been a featured performer on Robert Sherman's "Young Artists Showcase" (New York Times Radio) and numerous other radio broadcasts throughout the nation as well as abroad in Pretoria, South Africa.
Dr. Hong holds her degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (B.M.), The Juilliard School (M.M.), and Indiana University (D.M.). Since her tenure at OSU, she has been an invited lecture-recitalist for the Chautauqua Institute in New York, the Ars Viva II Series at Goucher College in Maryland, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University "Piano at Peabody" program, and has given recitals and masterclasses at the Seoul Arts Center, Seoul National University, Tanguk University, Dongduk University, and Ewha Womens' University. She has adjudicated for the Bartok-Kabelevsky International Piano Competition, MTNA, Columbus and Chicago Symphony Youth Soloist Competition among others. She served on the faculty of Longwood University, and as an Associate Instructor in both Theory and Piano at Indiana University. As a teacher, she specializes in Contemporary Music, Piano Performance, and is currently developing a publication on "Creative Technique." Currently, Dr. Hong is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, Principal Keyboardist of the Columbus Symphony, member of the American Liszt Society, and was the first appointed female faculty member at the "Piano at Peabody Program" where she returns in the summers. She is a Steinway Artist and has recorded for Fleur de Son and Mark Records.
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