Pianist Caroline Hong has performed throughout the world and made her debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition. She has been noted by critics for her “expressive and powerful playing”, “formidable technique”, as well as her “keen sense of lyricism and the classical style.” Pulitzer Prize and Academy award-winning composer John Corigliano recognized her as “one of the greatest pianists I have ever heard” after a performance of his Etude Fantasy (1976). Critics wrote that it was “breathtaking” and “hard to imagine a better performance.” She has recorded for Mark Records and Fleur de Son, which was reviewed favorably by American Record Guide. As a chamber musician, she has performed with many fine artist groups including the Vermeer String Quartet and the Dorian Wind Quintet, and toured extensively in the U.S. as a member of the piano-violin duo, Duo Viardot.
Caroline Hong is active as a guest lecturer, adjudicator, and master class teacher at universities, institutions, and competitions throughout the United States, particularly in the Northeast, and internationally in Asia. Thus, she has been engaged by Seoul National University, Tanguk University, Ewha Womens University, and Dongduk University, and numerous other colleges and universities in the United States, the Chautauqua Institute, and in Thailand. She has served on the jury of Bartok-Kabelevsky International Piano Competition and the Chicago Symphony Youth Piano Soloist Competition, among others. She is a Laureate of the Van Cliburn International Audition, the Robert Casadesus International Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, UNISA International Piano Competition, Beethoven Foundation, Distinguished Performer of the Palm Beach International Piano Competition, Winner of the Society of American Musicians (Chicago, IL), Winner of the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition (Santa Barbara, CA). In her pre-college days, she was named Orange County’s Best Pianist, and was a winner in the Bach Festival of Southern California. She has been a featured performer on Robert Sherman’s “Young Artists Showcase” (New York Times Radio) and countless other radio broadcasts throughout the nation as well as abroad in Pretoria, South Africa. As winner of the Chicago Civic Orchestra Soloist Competition, she performed in Orchestra Hall under the baton of Michael Morgan. Hong has had the privilege of studying with luminaries such as Martin Canin, Jerome Lowenthal, Sergei Babayan, Dmitrii Paperno, Ann Schein, and Karen Shaw, and in solo masterclass with Claude Frank, John Browning, Leon Fleisher, and chamber masterclass with Gyorgy Sebok and Menahem Pressler. Her first teacher, with whom she began study of piano before the age of 3, was her own mother.
Caroline Hong received her training at the Peabody Institute (B.M.), Juilliard School (M.M.), Indiana University (D.M.), Music Academy of the West, and the Sergei Babayan International Piano Academy. Prior to her appointment at The Ohio State University, where she is currently serving as Associate Professor, Dr. Hong served as an Associate Instructor in both piano and theory at Indiana University, as well as Assistant Professor at Longwood University. She was appointed the first female piano faculty in 2005 for the “Piano at Peabody” program where she returns in the summers. She maintains a strong class and has graduated over 20 DMA students, with several winners of the DMA Document Award and Doctoral Concerto Competition at OSU. Other professional affiliations include Steinway Artists, American Liszt Society, and Columbus Symphony where she is acting as Principal Keyboardist.