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Sungji Hong's compositions include works for solo instruments, orchestra, chorus, ballet and electroacoustic media with special interest on timbre and pre-determined pitch structures. Her musical language is colorful with a wealth of imagery and exquisite delicacy.

 

Recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has received commissions from the iSing Silicon Valley, Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University (2019/2004), Texas Flute Society, the National Flute Association, Furman University Clarinet Choir, the Tongyeoung International Music Festival (2007/2005), the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, and the MATA Festival. Her Missa Lumen de Lumine on the ECM New Series (ECM 1929), performed by the vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval, received critical acclaim and reached the top ten on the Billboard Classical Chart and iTunes classics.

Over the last decade, Sungji's music has been performed by leading players and ensembles in over 46 countries and 213 cities. Her music has been widely broadcast in more than 17 countries (55 channels) and has been recorded and released on the Soundbrush, Elektramusic, Atoll, Dutton label and by ECM Records. Her music is published by Tetractys Publishing.

She has won the Kazimierz Serocki (1st Prize), Franz Josef Reinl-Stiftung (1st Prize), Magistralia (1st Prize), Ilshin Composition Prize (1st Prize), In Nova Musica Competition (1st Prize), the Jesus Villa Rojo (1st Prize), the European Competition of the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (1st Prize), the Temple Music Composition Prize (1st Prize), the Crwth Competition (1st Prize), the international competition for original ballet music at the ISCM World Music Days – Slovenia (1st Prize), the Montserrat International Camera Music Composition Competition (1st Prize), the Salvatore Martirano Composition Competition (2nd Prize), the Dimitris Mitropoulos International Competition (2nd Prize), the Theodore Front Prize (IAWM), the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize (ACL), the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers Scholarship, and several other prizes and awards.

Her works have been performed by the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Belgrade, the Orchestra of Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet, the Jenaer Philharmonie, Oviedo Filharmonia, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Orchestra of Colours, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Masan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seinäjoki City Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Soloists of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Yeongnam Philharmonic Soloists, the Soloists of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Volti Chamber Choir, Seattle Pro Musica, Renaissance Voices, Con Spirito, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Lorelei Ensemble, Aella Choir, iSing Silicon Valley, Trio Artemisia, Dulciana Vocal Ensemble, the BBC Singers, the Choir of the Temple Church in London, Trio Mediaeval, Ensemble Creations, Harry Sparnaay, Sarah Watts, Jason Noble, Carla Rees, Jiyoung Lee, Eun Hae Oh, Jennie Oh Brown, Elizabeth McNutt, Kelley Barnett, Laura Faoro, Jung Choi, Aleksandra Panasik, Sooyeon Lim, Jihye Chang, Maiko Matsuoka, Wendy Case, Hae-Sun Kang, Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Concorde, Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Ensemble Linea, Ensemble Accroche Note, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Caput Ensemble, Next Mushroom Promotion, Ensemble cross.art, Ensemble Mosaik, UMS 'n JIP, dissonArt ensemble, Ensemble Avantgarde, Eutopia Ensemble, Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, Phidias Trio Tokyo, QUARTZ ensamble, Onix Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, Ensemble Sonomania, Traiect Ensemble, Extraordinary Stroma, Trio Sirènes, TrioPolis, Texas New Music Ensemble, ensemble NOISE, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Kassia Ensemble, Ensemble Mise-en, and Ensemble TIMF.

Sungji studied composition with Kyungsun Suh at the Hanyang University in Seoul. Subsequently completed her MMus with Robert Saxton and Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music in London, respectively, and also with Michael Finnissy, and her Ph.D. in composition with Thomas Simaku, John Stringer, and Nicola LeFanu at the University of York in the UK. She has participated in various workshops and masterclasses such as Voix Nouvelles (Royaumont) and in Darmstadt where she studied with Brian Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey, Theo Loevendie, Tristan Murail and Toshio Hosokawa, as well as the International mastercourse and workshop for conductors and composers with Péter Eötvös and Zsolt Nagy in Herrenhaus Edenkoben.

Since 2018, Hong has been teaching composition at the University of North Texas. 

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