Hyun-Jung Berger

Hyun-Jung Berger

Germany / Korea

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hyun-Jung Berger studied with Hae-Guen Kang in Seoul and with Julius Berger and Thomas Demenga in Basel. She has attended masterclasses by Boris Pergamenschikov, Heinrich Schiff and Denes Zsigmondy.

Her teaching career began in 1991 as an assistant of Prof. Julius Berger at the Saarbrücken College of Music, and later at Mainz University. In 2008 she began lecturing at the Leopold Mozart Zentrum at the University of Augsburg.

Numerous national and international awards underline Hyun-Jung Berger’s rank as an artist of exceptional musical talent. In 1993 she won the Gieseking Prize of the Saarbrücken College of Music as well as a prize at the International Summer Academy of the Salzburg Mozarteum. In 1995 she won the prize of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, first prize at the International Competition in Trapani, Sicily, and, together with her duo partner José Gallardo, the International Press Award.

Hyun-Jung Berger’s career as a soloist has seen her perform with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Chamber Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Bern Philharmonic Academy, the Kremerata Baltica and the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra.

She has given duo and chamber recitals in Israel and the USA, as well as at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Asiago Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Eckelshausen Music Festival and the Kronberg Cello Festival. In 2015 she gave the European Premiere of Sofia Gubaidulinas work “Two Paths” for two violoncellos and orchestra at the Beethovenfest Bonn, Germany. Since 2016 Hyun-Jung Berger has been head of her own classes at the Leopold Mozart Zentrum at the University of Augsburg, and at the Kalaidos Musikhochschule in Switzerland.

Together with her husband, Julius Berger, Hyun-Jung Berger has recorded several CDs (most notably of the Boccerini sonatas) that are recognised as essential recordings by international periodicals.

As the artistic director of the Asiago Festival Korea, Hyun-Jung Berger establishes connections between Europe and her native country.

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