Preliminary & Semi Final Adjudicators

Choi Hee Jung

Hee jung Choi, a Korean pianist residing in Malaysia, obtained her Master Degree from Western Illinois University where she was awarded with the Graduate Assistant Award. While at WIU, Hee Jung has won the concerto competition as a soloist one year and as a trio ensemble in the year after. Subsequently, she was admitted into the University of Iowa post-graduate program as a recipient of the prestigious John Simms Piano Award and Graduate Assistantship. Prior to that, Miss Choi also has extensive performing experience as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. While studying at WIU, Hee Jung was chosen to go on tour with the University Wind Ensemble performances. She was also the official Suzuki collaborative pianist for the Western Illinois area in its Centennial Celebration Concert.

In Malaysia, Hee Jung has collaborated with many local musicians and participated in the 1st Asia Grand Piano Concert held at KL Convention Center and UMIMC Concert. She has also been invited to adjudicate many regional piano competitions namely The Asia Music Competition, Hong Kong Youth Performing Arts Festival held in Malaysia; The Symphonia's, Star Quarto’s and Elyon’s Music Competitions in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Besides performing, Miss Choi has a great passion in the area of teaching as well. In Malaysia, Hee Jung is a much in demand piano tutor where she has taught in UM and UPSI. Currently, she is an adjunct lecturer at UCSI University. Many of her students have been award winners in local as well as international competitions. Among Hee Jung’s principal teachers include Dr. Michael Campbell, Dr. Uriel Tsachor, Hyung Ja Kim, Joong Won Koh and Hyo Sil Kang.

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