BM, MM Korean guitarist and pianist Youngik Jang has been proving his musical passion at numerous music festivals, mainly in Maryland, New York, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Starting with performance at “Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship series at Mainstay” in Rock Hall, Maryland, Youngik has received many performance opportunities, which became even more augmented with his recent achievement of winning second prize at Edwin H. & Leigh W. Schadt String Competition in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Youngik is also internationally active and he received the invitation at Sungshin Women University in South Korea as guest artist.
Youngik’s first musical experience started at the age of four by learning piano, then classical guitar starting from the age of ten. With the decision of pursuing a musical career, Youngik started to perform recitals while attending “Yewon Art School” in South Korea, with achieving first prize at “Seoul Baroque Competition” under the guidance of the alumni of Peabody Conservatory, Byeong-woo Lee. With his sagacious advice, Youngik decided to study abroad in United States of America, and attended “Idyllwild Arts Academy” in Idyllwild, California while studying classical guitar from Kenton Youngstrom. Youngik later attended Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Julian Gray, with enormous scholarship award, and pursued a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with Teaching Assistant offer.
Besides being a soloist, Youngik is also active in an ensemble. His guitar quartet performed and received positive acknowledgement at Guitar Foundation of America in New York Regional Symposium in 2012 and 2014. Furthermore, Youngik’s quartet also won the “Small Ensemble Showcase” competition at Guitar Foundation of America in Denver, Colorado in 2016.
Youngik has also been participating in the field of composition. He performed his composition at “Computer Music Consort” in 2014 at Peabody Conservatory, and worked as film scoring engineer in the South Korean movie industry since 2012 with several great hit movies: ‘Ode to My Father,’ ‘The Face Reader,’ ‘Perfect Number,’ and ‘The Neighbors.’
Youngik has played the piano since the age of four, as well as teaching piano. He involved piano performance in many of the concerts he has given in the United States and Canada. Additionally, he composed piano pieces during his film scoring experience in Korea.
Youngik is currently active as a soloist and chamber artist since being a member of Phoenix Arts Management in 2014, and concentrating on performance and composition while pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Art (DMA) at Shenandoah University with full-scholarship and Teaching Assistant position.