Percussionist and Yale School of Music alum Ji Su Jung ’19MM ’20AD has been awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, marking the first time in the Avery Fisher Artist Program’s history that a percussionist has received the $25,000 award. The program’s press release indicates that the grant is “designed to give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists, as well as chamber ensembles, who … have great potential for major careers.” The program is administered by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Jung earned her bachelor of music degree and graduate performance diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and her master of music degree and artist diploma from the Yale School of Music. She was the first percussionist to win the top prize at the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition and has since appeared as a soloist with such celebrated ensembles as the Houston Symphony and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Jung has given recitals throughout the United States and presented master classes at the Curtis Institute of Music, New York University, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She is a lecturer in percussion at the Peabody Institute.
Other 2022 recipients of the Avery Fisher Career Grant are saxophonist Steven Banks (marking the first time a saxophonist has received the award), violinist Randall Goosby, pianist Mackenzie Melemed, and cellistJonathan Swensen.The grant recipients performed at an announcement ceremony on Tuesday, March 22. Those performances will be broadcast by WQXR in April.