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A young genius composer,
Sung Yup Jung
[New York Jung Ang News] : 2008/03/29
"Musical notes in my hearts traveling through 30 countries"
A young genius composer, Sung Yup Jung premiered symphonies at Carnegie Hall of the Lincoln Center.
"Human can’t exist by oneself. We need someone to communicate. I believe music can be a kind of languages too."
A young composer who premiered his musical composition at the Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall of the Lincoln Center is Sung Yup Jung (in the picture). He is known as a ‘musical genius’, and he just turned to 14 years old this March 24th.
Jung, a 8th grader student at Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey, presented his own 4 musical compositions starting this October at his school, at Avery Fisher Hall in December, and at Carnegie Hall on this 25th.
At the 10th anniversary of New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra (NJPO) lead by Nam Yun Kim played ‘Phantasia Liberorum’, ‘Whimsica’, ‘The two worlds I See’ and ‘Temnota’ .
"The two worlds I See’ is a 5 minute-long music that I got an inspiration while looking at a chair in a room one day. I composed it by comparing reality and pastoral feeling like dream worlds."
Jung’s music not just only stays in children’s world. ‘Temnota’ which means darkness in Russian is a gloomy sounding classical composition. He got admired from hearing a story of a Rewandan Human Rights Activist, Jacqueline Kuraekalte who lost her parents due to civil war at her age of 9.
Until today, Jung’s classical music compositions are about 20 pieces including 4 completed pieces, 40 minute-long piano music, and with incomplete ones. It’s the result he created from his everyday elaboration; he even learned to play Clarinet and Oboe, and worked on music in front of a computer and synthesizer up to 10 hours a day.
Jung was born in Suwon, Korea and mastered Hangeul at the age of three. He was the type of a child who quietly burst into tears by listening to fairy tales that his mother read to him. At the age of three, he started playing piano, and at the age of 4 he was a boy who loved to listen to Yong Phil Jo’s song named ‘hey friend’ - he shook his body and danced on the back of his mother.
As a trio, his father, Soo Tae Jung who was engaged into architecture industry, his mother, Young Soon Yoo and Jung stuck together strongly. His parents decided to have him studying abroad to US, and focused on strengthening his foundational studies. .
Jung received English education from a student from a Harvard University, and also all family traveled to places like Maryland, Virginia, Seattle and etc during summer school. More to that, he took 15 days off of his school in a month to travel around 30 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. Jung captured pictures of the world by pressing camera shutters and experienced various languages and cultures in every tour places away from Korea.
There was a time when he went to Vienna, Austria. While Jung visited historical sites of famous composers, he fell into the world of ‘composing’.
Jung focused on listening to music and composing ever since he was able to skip a grade as he moved to New Jersey to study aborad in September 2009. Also. at the same time, created his own language, Langzuki Langauge.
Recently, Jung received an acceptance letter from one of the prestigious school named Phillips Academy Andover. An admission officer, Jane Pride congratulated on his acceptance with a hand-written message saying “Andover’s excellent music programs awaits you!”. Coming up July, Jung’s family plans on moving to Massachusetts leaving from Englewood cliffs in New Jersey.
<By Sook Hee Park >