Viola Instructor in Cincinnati
Jiho Chung was born in South Korea. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Memphis and earned his Master’s degree in viola performance at the University of Cincinnati. Currently, he is pursuing both a Doctoral Degree and an Artist Diploma in Viola performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Jiho specializes in both performance and education, guided by the expertise of professors such as Professor Leonard Schranze, Professor Ayane Kozasa, and Dr. Catharine Lees. Jiho has not only held a teaching assistant position at the Interlochen Arts Camp to coach high school students but also currently serves as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, teaching both undergraduate and DMA cognate violin students viola technique, scale, and various repertoires.
A versatile musician, Jiho has held principal positions in many school orchestras in the past and recently held a Principal Viola position at I FILARMONICI COLUMBUS Orchestra and a First Section Violin position at the Korea Coop Orchestra. His orchestral journey includes enriching experiences with the DePaul University Symphony Orchestra, University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, CCM Concert Orchestra and Philharmonia, Cedarville University Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Project Columbus. Moreover, he attended prestigious summer music festivals with full scholarships, fellowships, or assistantships, such as the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Hot Springs
Music Festival, the Texas International Music Festival, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Atlantic Music Festival.
Throughout Jiho’s musical journey, he received numerous awards not only in competitions but also for school auditions. From 2003 to 2006, Jiho achieved consecutive first-place wins in the Kyung Ki province Music Competition. He also became a finalist in the Ocala Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2009, a finalist in the University of Memphis Concerto Competition in 2012, and secured 3rd place in the University of Cincinnati Chamber Music Competition in 2023. In addition to competition awards, starting from his undergraduate audition at the University of Memphis through pursuing the Master of Music, AD, and DMA programs at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, he received full scholarships, GIA scholarships, and Graduate Assistant positions. Beyond his musical pursuits,
Jiho is a diligent and passionate educator who not only earned a spot on the Dean’s list during his undergraduate years but also, with a cumulative University GPA of 3.981, brings a harmonious blend of academic and artistic achievements to the world of classical music.