Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jungyoon Wie is a 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.
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, Invoke String Quartet, Calidore String Quartet, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Young Women Composers Camp, Magnus Lindberg and Avanti! Chamber Ensemble (Finland), National Orchestra Institute, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the Wooster Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, she was chosen alongside Rufus Reid and David Biedenbender by the American Composers Forum to write a new work for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. In 2016, her orchestral work, Water Prism, was performed by the New Jersey Symphony under the baton of David Robertson, one of four works selected for the Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Her chamber work, Whimsical Sketches, for two clarinets, percussion, and piano, received the Second Prize at the 2016 Robert Avalon International Competition and was premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX).
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.