About Dr. Lydia Chung

A native of Seoul, Korea, pianist Chungwon Lydia Chung is an accomplished musician as a soloist, collaborative artist, and teacher. She made her public debut at the age of 11, performing in ‘Young Artist Concert’ as a second prize winner of the Ihwa-KyungHyang competition, and was acclaimed by critics as “outstanding performance that can be rarely found.” (The Piano, Korea) Since her debut, winning several competitions including the Korean-American Cultural Foundation Competition in Seoul led her to numerous solo engagements such as performances with Seoul National University Orchestra and Kunpo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as solo recitals in South Korea.

Dr. Chung has also been recognized internationally through concert appearances in distinguished summer festivals such as the New Millennium Piano Festival in Spain and the Banff International Keyboard Festival in Canada. She was the first prize winner in the Baltimore Music Club Competition. She has performed as a guest artist for the Performing Arts Series in Jamestown College, North Dakota, and has performed as a solo artist at Harford Community College, the Artscape Arts festival in Baltimore and the Candlelight Concert Series in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

She has collaborated with numerous singers and instrumentalists as a designated accompanist for the Peabody Conservatory, for the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Institute, for the Peabody Opera Outreach Program, for the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Music Department, and for the Kolday Institute at Loyola University, Maryland.

Dr. Chung received her Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Seoul National University and her Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Boris Slutsky. Her previous teachers include Hae Sun Paik and Soo Jung Shin. She served as a faculty member at The Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins University, The Park School of Baltimore, The Bryn Mawr School, and Harford Community College. Currently she teaches piano privately in Portland, Oregon, and performs and collaborates with local musicians. During her first year in Oregon, she collaborated with Oregon Symphony musicians in various venues including the “Classical Up Close” concert series, with professional flutist Adam Eccleston in the University of Portland, and performed in the ‘Makrokosmos Project 2’ in Portland and Eugene. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Oregon Music Teachers Association.