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Piano Duo Recital: Grace Chung & So-Mang Jeagal May 8, 2016 7:30p

10 Apr 2015 by In Past Events

GRACE CHUNG began her musical studies at the age of four, and her love of music has continuously grown since then. She received her bachelor's degree in piano performance from La Sierra University and went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music where she received her Master of Music degree in piano performance. Grace then returned to California where she taught as an adjunct professor of piano at La Sierra University. After several years, Grace returned to school to complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Currently a recipient of the Irene E. Robertson Endowed Music Scholarship, she is continuing her quest for improvement by pursuing a graduate certificate in organ performance under the tutelage of Dr. Ladd Thomas. 

Throughout her years of performance, Grace has had the privilege of sharing her music all over the United States, Europe, and South America. Even while in school, Grace has maintained an active performance career collaborating with many diverse and talented artists. She is currently the organist for St. Mark's Episcopal School in Altadena, CA as well as the Assistant Organist for the Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena, CA. In addition to performing, Grace recently completed composition of the score to a musical short film set to enter into production in 2016. She has also been commissioned by the Brehm Center New Music Initiative to write a set of children's stories and a collection of organ arrangements in celebration of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which are scheduled to be published this fall. 

Pianist SO-MANG JEAGAL performed in many international music festivals and concert series at major concert halls, such as Salzburger Schloss Konzerte of Austria, Konzerthaus of Germany, La Madeleine of France, Seoul Arts Center, J. F. Kennedy Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall. He was chosen to be part of the Kumho Virtuosi Trio Concert Series and toured in four major cities, Sydney, Canberra, Wellington and Auckland, of Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Jeagal also toured in the US including New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Toronto, Canada, sponsored by the Seoul National University Alumni Organization in US.

A winner of several national and international competitions, Mr. Jeagal is a recipient of the Grand Prize at the Korea Music Foundation Competition and the First Prize at the Dong-A Music Competition and Asia-Pacific Young Artist Competition. In 2014 alone, he won First Prizes at two renowned international competitions, the Washington International Competition for Piano and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. As the winner of the competition, Mr. Jeagal presented solo recitals of the music of Liszt at the prestigious Liszt Ferenc Museum and Research Center in Budapest and the Hungarian Cultural Center in London. He was also invited to give a solo recital at the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island.

Mr. Jeagal was born in Daegu, South Korea. He began studying the piano at the age of five and gave his debut recital at the age of eleven. He attended the prestigious performing arts high school in Korea, Seoul Arts High School, and received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with highest honors from the Seoul National University. Mr. Jeagal has participated in Masterclasses with eminent concert pianists Leon Fleisher, John O’Conor, Klaus Hellwig, Hiroko Nakamura and Hae-sun Paik. He is currently pursuing Artist Diploma at the Thornton School of Music of USC as a full scholarship student under the tutelage of Professor Kevin Fitz-Gerald.