Jeonghyeon Joo is a haegeum performer/composer based in Los Angeles and Seoul. Her practice includes performance, composition, improvisation, artistic research, collaboration, writing, and teaching. She explores the physical, social, cultural, and political relationship between the performer and instrument, frequently collaborating with filmmakers, visual artists, composers, and performance artists.

She is a recipient of the Arts Council Korea’s Grant for Pioneering Artists of the Next Generation in Traditional Arts, the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture’s Grant for Emerging Artists in Performing Arts, the Presidential Award of Korea, and the First Prize at the KBS Korean Music Competition among others.

In addition to performing and composing, she has frequently given lectures and presented her works at institutions and conferences across North America and Asia, such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, CalArts, UC Riverside, San Francisco State University, San Diego State University, Seoul National University, International Computer Music Conference, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Composition in Asia International Symposium, Philosophical Research Center, and Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles. Her writings can be found in a journal, Korean Contemporary Composers and Compositions, and the program books of The Art of Bowing and EXERCISE, her large-scale performance projects.

She received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the California Institute of the Arts (CA, United States) and earned a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University (Seoul, South Korea). She is currently an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Arts at the Seoul Institute of the Arts and serves as a Program Director at CultureHub.

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