Pianist Jeongwon Ham has won top prizes at numerous piano competitions, including the Bartók/Kabalevsky international competition, Epinal international competition, Paul Hindemith competition, Artur Schnabel competition, and the Simone Belsky competition. She is a recipient of several honors and grants and has been nominated several times for the Regent’s Award for Creative Research and Teaching. The New York Concert Review referred to her recital in Merkin Hall as “an admirable piano recital. The German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau has written, “Jeongwon Ham possessed astonishing and effortless technique. She plays not only with incredible warmth but also with great power.”
Ham developed her career in Europe while studying in Germany. A longtime resident of US, she gave her New York City debut recital at the Merkin Concert Hall and has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and master teacher in many European countries, Asia, and the United States. She has appeared at international and national conferences and festivals including the Festival Internationale Incontri Musicali di Sorrento in Italy, World Piano Conference in Serbia, and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. She recently gave recitals in California, Lousiana, US; Lindlar, Germany; and Guangzhou, China. Recently, she was selected as one of the forty people to be featured for the “40 faces-40 years” exhibition at the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung's 40th-anniversary convention in Potsdam-Babelsberg in Germany. The Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (A scholarship program sponsored by the Free Democratic Party in Germany) selected the forty most successful people out of 6,800 scholarship recipients worldwide for the special event.
As an adjudicator, Ham has served at many international and national piano competitions including the Bartók/Kabalevsky/Prokofiev International Piano Competition, World Piano Conference, Classical American International Piano Competition, Asian International Piano Academy and Festival, Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition, and Starr Young Artist National Piano Competition. In addition, she is frequently invited to judge MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) piano competitions at state, divisional, and national levels. She recently served as one of the judges at the MTNA National Piano Competition in Spokane, WA.
Ham is the recipient of the Regent's Award for Superior Teaching in 2021 and several honors and grants. She has held teaching positions in Asia, Europe, and the US. In Germany, she taught at the Hochschule für Musik Hans-Eisler and the Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach Music Pre-college in Berlin, and the University of Duisburg. In addition, she has served as a guest professor position at the Graduate College of Performing Arts of the Ewha Women’s University and the Asia International Piano Academy and Festival (AIPAF) in Korea; a guest master teacher at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou and Artist in Residence at the Renmin University of China in Beijing, China; a faculty member at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Since 2014, she is a faculty member at the annual International Piano Festival in Lindlar, Germany. Currently, she is a Professor of Piano at the University of Oklahoma. Her students frequently distinguish themselves as winners at many regional, national and international competitions, and hold teaching positions at several universities and colleges in the US, Canada, and Asia.
Jeongwon Ham obtained piano performance degrees from the United States and Germany. Her principal teachers were Professors Sequeira Costa, Klaus Hellwig, Hans Leygraf, and Ludger Maxsein. Also, she studied with Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Claude Frank, Karl Heinz Kämmerling, Alfons Kontarsky, Vitaly Margulis, and Gyögy Sebok privately and at International Piano Academies.