Jiyoun Chung writes for a wide range of instrumentations in various musical styles using diverse musical languages. Behind the scenes, her musical background is rather extensive. She was born in Seoul, South Korea. There she absorbed Korean
traditional music as a native. At the same time, she got educated in, so called, Western music canon as a solo pianist. Working as a church musician from a very young age, she was able to adopt Western church choir music. Reaching her teenage
years, she was fascinated by rock music for a while and then moved on to jazz. As soon as she entered college in Seoul, she was exposed to the world of contemporary music. She enjoyed studying and listening to music by Claude Debussy, Igor
Stravinsky, Ruth Crawford Seeger, George Crumb, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Gyorgy Ligeti, Pierre Boulez, Kaija Saariaho, Chen Yi, Isang Yun, Unsuk Chin and many others.
While finishing up her DMA in Composition, she still loves to listen to Jazz and K-pop in her spare time.