Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Jungyoon Wie is a Korean composer, educator, and pianist. Themes of identity have been the center of her compositional journey, and her recent research involved creating a short film in collaboration with filmmaker Toko Shiiki, dancers Rie Kim and Jun Wakabayashi, and Converge String Quartet which explores shifting dynamics of identity, otherness, and the marginalized experience of women. This film highlights a string quartet by Ms. Wie, han, which uses Korean, folk, traditional, European, American, and contemporary expressive modalities.
In the 2021-22 season, Wie will be creating a newly commissioned piece for the Korean Symphony Orchestra, a new work commissioned by the Spring Wind Quintet (Hawaii) as part of its Breathe Collective, a piece for violin, cello, clarinet, and piano commissioned by CityMusic Cleveland, and finally a solo percussion piece for Chris Froh commissioned by Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music as part of its Composing Earth Series.
A recipient of the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, Wie has had the privilege of collaborating with many artists and organizations including the Del Sol String Quartet, Calidore String Quartet, Invoke String Quartet, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Magnus Lindberg and Avanti! Chamber Ensemble (Finland), American Composers Forum, Young Women Composers Camp, Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, National Orchestra Institute, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the Wooster Symphony Orchestra.
Wie came to the United States in 2006 at 16 years old to attend St. Andrew’s Sewanee High School in Tennessee. She met her first composition teacher James Carlson during the last year of her high school and started making musical sketches. She continued her composition studies and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition under the guidance of Jack Gallagher at the College of Wooster, OH in 2014. In 2020, she received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Michigan. Her mentors include Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, Erik Santos, Bright Sheng, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Derek Bermel.