Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jungyoon Wie is a composer, educator, and pianist based in San Francisco. Themes of identity have been the center of her compositional journey, and her most recent project has involved creating Songs of My Grandmother (2021) for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, which was her first attempt to write a musical biography drawing from her own family history and the cultural, musical, and religious influences she had growing up in Korea. This project was preceded by her string quartet Han (2019) which explored shifting dynamics of identity, otherness, and the marginalized experience of women by using expressive modalities from Korean, European, American, and contemporary backgrounds.
The recipient of the 2022 G. Schirmer Prize for the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Wie has had the privilege of collaborating with many artists and organizations including A Far Cry, the Del Sol String Quartet, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Spring Wind Quintet, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, CityMusic Cleveland, American Composers Forum, Wildflower Composers, Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Magnus Lindberg and Avanti! Chamber Ensemble (Finland), the Korean National Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the Wooster Symphony Orchestra.
Wie came to the United States in 2006 at 16 years old to attend St. Andrew’s Sewanee High School in Tennessee. She met her first composition teacher James Carlson during the last year of her high school and started making musical sketches. She continued her composition studies and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition under the guidance of Jack Gallagher at the College of Wooster, OH in 2014. In 2020, she received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Michigan. Her mentors include Gabriela Lena Frank, Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, Erik Santos, Bright Sheng, and Derek Bermel.
Currently, she serves as an administrator at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music and adjunct lecturer at the Santa Clara University.