Pianist Hye-Won Jo, who says she tries to use music as a means of pursuing diplomatic effects internationally, will give a recital of Western art music and her own arrangements of Korean vocal songs Friday, October 23, 2015, at Orvis Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The recital, sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Music Department and Center for Korean Studies, commemorates the seventieth Anniversary of the end of the World War II and the national independence of Korea.
Hye-Won Jo received her bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University, her master’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, and her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the winner of some twenty-nine national and international competitions. Her noteworthy performances have included a recital at the Korean ambassador’s residence to celebrate the 2014 ASEAN–Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit; a recital to celebrate the 2015 Investment Conference hosted by the ASEAN-Korea Centre and the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry; a recital to celebrate the seventieth National Independence Day of Korea hosted by the Korean Embassy and Cultural Centre in Australia; and a recital to celebrate the 2015 Old Town Festival toward inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Last year, she toured Europe and the year before, Asia. This year, she is touring the United States. As a scholar, her research projects and articles have been published at international conferences and in journals.