Pianist Jeongwon Ham to perform recital at NSU April 15-16


Pianist Jeongwon Ham will perform at Northwestern State University on Thursday, April 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.

The April 15 performance is for NSU students and faculty. Admission is free. The April 16 concert is for the general public. Tickets are $15. The audience is limited to 104 at each recital with masks and social distancing required.

Ham’s appearances are part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Northwestern State Assistant Professor of Piano Dr. John Price and Associate Professor of Piano Dr. Francis Yang are co-directors of the of the Louisiana Piano Series International.

She will perform works by Haydn, Debussy and Chopin.

Ham has won numerous piano competitions, including the Bartók/Kabalevsky International Piano Competition, Epinal International Piano Competition, Paul Hindemith Piano Competition, Artur Schnabel Piano Competition and the Simone Belsky Piano Competition. The New York Concert Review referred to her recital in Merkin Hall as “an admirable piano recital. “The German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau has written, ‘Jeongwon Ham possessed astonishing and effortless technique. She plays not only with incredible warmth, but also with great power.’”

Ham developed her career in Europe while studying in Germany. A longtime resident of U.S., she gave her New York City debut recital at the Merkin Concert Hall and has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and master teacher in several European countries, Asia, and the United States. She has appeared at international and national conferences and festivals including the Festival Internationale Incontri Musicali di Sorrento in Italy, World Piano Conference in Serbia, and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Most recently, she gave recitals and master classes in California, Lindlar, Germany, and Guangzhou, China.

Ham is a recipient of several honors and grants. She has been nominated multiple times for the Oklahoma Regents Award for Research and Creative activities as well as Superior Teaching. Also, she was featured for the “40 faces-40 years” exhibition at the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung’s 40th anniversary convention in Potsdam-Babelsberg in Germany. The Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung selected the 40 most successful people out of 6,800 scholarship recipients worldwide for the special event.

As an adjudicator, Ham has served as adjudicator at many international and national piano competitions including the Bartók/Kabalevsky/Prokofiev International Piano Competition, World Piano Conference, Classical American International Piano Competition, Asian International Piano Academy and Festival, Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition and Starr Young Artist National Piano Competition. She is frequently invited to judge MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) piano competitions at state, divisional and national levels. Most recently, she served as one of the judges at the MTNA National Piano Competition in Spokane, Washington.

Ham has held several teaching positions in Asia, Europe and U.S. Currently, she is professor of piano at the University of Oklahoma. Her students frequently distinguish themselves as winners at many regional, national and international competitions, and hold teaching positions at major universities in the U.S. and Korea.