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Ha-Young Jung , Double Bass, Korea
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Ha-Young Jung

“The best double bass playing I have ever heard”
Ida Haendel OBE

“Disarming prodigy, who achieved the rare distinction of making her instrument seem worthy of solo status”

Michael White “The Daily Telegraph”

Bassist Ha-Young Jung has captivated audiences and music critics alike with her dynamic and engaging performances. Her list of national and international competition successes is considerable and includes the Grand-Prix in the International String Competition 2006 in Moscow, First Prize of the International Society of Bassists’ Competition in 2007, USA, Silver Medal of the Sergei Koussevitzky International Double Bass Competition in St. Petersburg.

In addition to her competition successes, Ha-Young has been awarded numerous scholarships and prizes such as the Solti Foundation’s Musician of the Year 2006 in Belgium, YTN’s Global Korean Award in Seoul, the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship in London, the Razumovsky Trust Scholarship to study at the Razumovsky Academy 2007-2011, and the ESU Scholarship to participate at the Tanglewood Music Center Summer Academy.

As a soloist, Ha-Young Jung made her Wigmore Hall debut in London in 2008, performed at many notable venues in St Petersburg and Moscow including Tchaikovsky Great Hall, appearing at the Opera House in Tel Aviv, Prom on the Close in Bristol with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Grieg House in Bergen, Norway. She participated in various national and international music festivals, such as Bergen International Festival, Norway and Eilat International Festival, Israel playing both solo and ensemble works.

Born in South Korea, Ha-Young began learning violin and piano at the age of three. It was not until the age of eleven that she began to play the bass, an instrument for which she believes to have been destined. For her, the bass is not simply her instrument but rather, and in her own words, her “life partner”. Ha-Young studied with Chang-Hyoung Lee in Korea before moving to the UK in 2005 to study with Rinat Ibragimov for four years. From 2009, she continued her studies under Tom Martin at the Royal College of Music, London, before leaving for New York where she is a student of Timothy Cobb on a Master of Music course at The Julliard School. In 2006, she became a member of the Razumovsky Academy having regular lessons with Oleg Kogan and masterclasses given by distinguished musicians such as Ida Haendel, Vadim Repin, Alexander Chaushian, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Pavel Vernikov and Maxim Rysanov.

Ha-Young is also a passionate music educator. Through her outreach work with Razumovsky Ensemble and Academy, she has helped to demonstrate the power of music to many children and young people.