Jeonghyeon Joo is a haegeum performer, composer, improviser and a researcher, who is an ardent advocate for new and experimental music. Joo draws a narrative in her music through an exploration of a somatic, corporeal relationship between her instrument and body. Her compositions also frequently borrow a specific musical or sociocultural concept from Korean traditional music. In her works, musical notation is usually a mix of Jeongganbo, text instructions, graphics and traditional western notation which leads to dynamic interpretations depending on a performer.
As an authentic Korean traditional musician, Joo has mastered classical and folk repertoires of Korean music and won prestigious awards for her outstanding artistic achievements in haegeum including the Presidential Award of Korea (2012), First Prize at KBS Korean Music Competition (2014), Grand Prize (Award from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) at Jeonju-daesaseup Traditional Music Competition (2011) and Silver Prize at Dong-A Korean Music Competition (2012).
Recently, her projects have been supported by Arts Council Korea, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul National University. In recent five years, she has given the world premieres of a number of new works for the haegeum composed by living composers from various backgrounds in performances throughout the world as a soloist and as a founding member of Ensemble PHASE.
Joo frequently leads workshops and gives lectures at notable conferences and institutions such as the International Computer Music Conference, Korean Music Educators Society Annual Conference, Seoul National University, San Francisco State University, University of California, Riverside, San Diego State University, and Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles. She also has served as a lecturer at the Seoul Institute of the Arts and Gugak National High School.
Joo received a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University with a research focus on the development of contemporary études for the haegeum. She is currently pursuing a DMA in Performer-Composer Program at California Institute of the Arts.