Jung Eun Oh, soprano, has appeared as a recital soloist at the Kennedy Center, and has performed concert works such as Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Robert Beaser’s The Heavenly Feast. Operatic roles include the Sandman and the Dew Fairy in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Mademoiselle Silverpeal in Der Schauspieldirector and the title roles of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. The Plain Dealer has praised her “silvery-timbre, crystal-clear sense of pitch, and vocal agility” and has described her singing as “expressive enchantment” with “exceptional accuracy and taste.” Ms. Oh has been a guest artist in Music, Modern and Moving, presented by ideastrem and PBS and collaborates frequently with members of The Cleveland Orchestra in chamber music performances. Ms. Oh holds a doctoral degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as an Artist Diploma and a Master’s degree in vocal performance. In 2010, she received honorable mention in the Heida Hermanns International Competition, and in 2006, she won first place in the Leopoldskron vocal competition in Salzburg, Austria and subsequently performed in Schloss Leopoldskron and Schloss Mirabell. In Cleveland, she has been the recipient of the Irvin Bushman Prize, the Boris Goldovsky Prize in Opera, the Pauline Thesmacher Award, the 2006-2007 Scholarship of The Music and Drama Club of Cleveland, and the Helen Curtis Webster Award, among others. Her voice can be heard in collaboration with Richard King (Principal Horn, The Cleveland Orchestra) and Orli Shaham in the album Chamber Music for Horn, distributed by Albany Records. Ms. Oh served as a member of the voice faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 2008 to 2012.
In addition to her music degrees, Ms. Oh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University. During her stay at Harvard, Ms. Oh premiered two original compositions and also appeared in Harvard University productions of The Magic Flute and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Before embarking on the musical adventure as described above, Ms. Oh worked as an analyst in the field of asset management. After dedicating nine wonderful years solely to the field of performing arts, she has returned to the financial world and works for an investment firm as Director of Research. Ms. Oh continues to sing to promote the arts and hopes to use a combination of all of her skills in helping to sustain arts organizations in the future.