Pianist Ina Jun has performed in many recitals and concert series. Notable ones are Festival of New American Music, Music at Noon Concert Series, The Renaissance Society Concert Series, Saturday Musical Club concert series and Pacific Institute of Music Faculty Concert. In 2021, Ina has been chosen as a winner of the Moshe Paranov Concerto Competition at the Hartt School with her playing of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2.
As an avid chamber music lover, her piano and violin duo participated in a chamber festival at Mannes College of Music the Beethoven Institute in NYC. She won prizes from Watson Chamber Music Competition and one 1st and 3rd place from the Hartt Chamber Music Competition.
Ina is also a sought after collaborative pianist. She had worked with Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, Camelia Symphony, Sacramento State University Opera, and Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre. She’s currently on a graduate assistantship as a collaborative pianist for Hartt instrumentalists and Suzuki string classes.
Throughout her studies she had earned numerous scholarships and prizes, including Fresno Musical Club Scholarship competition 1st prize, Hartford Musical Club, Sacramento Saturday Musical Club scholarship, Hartt Performing Art Scholarship (PAS), WM Vincent scholarship, Sekwang Piano Competition 1st prize and Fine Arts Piano scholarship.
A native of South Korea, Ina began playing the piano at the age of four. She had majored in piano performance early on at both Fine Arts middle and high schools and had moved to the United States to pursue advance studies.
She holds Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the Hartt School, graduated with Summa cum laude and a Master’s degree at California State University Sacramento. Currently, she’s a candidate of Doctoral’s of Musical Arts at the Hartt School, studying with professor Paul Rutman. Her past principal teachers are Richard Cionco, David Westfall, and Joo-yi Yoo.
In her free time, Ina enjoys traveling, baking, listening to world music and her cat Theodore.
I believe every student is artistic in their own ways. I encourage students to express themselves and I actively listen to their ideas and needs as much as I teach them. I like to guide students to reach their goals and kindle their interests of sharing music with others. My lesson plan is tailored to individual’s needs and personalities, and I also encourage parents to be involved in their children’s musical journeys if possible.
In the end, playing the piano should be joyful and rewarding