Hye-Yun Chung Bennett made her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1979, earning rave reviews in the New York Times: "Absorbing from start to finish, assertive and incisive, and she showed that she has the facility and poise to handle a demanding program."
A recipient of numerous honors, awards and scholarships, Hye-Yun Chung Bennett was an award winner at the Fifth International Harp Competition in Jerusalem, Israel in 1973. Ms. Bennett received her B. M. degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea and received a Master's degree from California State University at Los Angeles and completed the Professional Study Plan at the Juilliard School and also studied at Columbia University as scholarship receipient in New York City in piano pedagogy by Robert Pace. She has given recitals in Europe, Japan, US, and Korea. Ms. Chung was on the Young Artists' roster under the auspices of the American Harp Society Young Artist program which enabled her to performed solo recitals in major cities throughout the U.S. She also represented the Young Audiences of Virginia as a solo artist performing throughout Hampton Road for K-12 schools.
Hye-Yun Chung Bennett was Assistant Professor of harp and piano at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She was also a faculty member of the Brevard Music Center for the Summer Music Festival in Brevard, North Carolina. She has taught at the International Summer Music Camp in Seoul, Korea and Blue Lake Find Arts Camp in Michigan.
She has served as a judge for the National Harp Competitions in Los Angeles, California, St. Paul, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hye-Yun Chung has also been an adjudicator for piano competitions. In July 2008 and 2012, Ms. Bennett judged the Young Artist's Harp Competition in Rabun Gap, GA.
In 1996, Klavier International Records Co. produced a CD album, “Musical Colors,” featuring Hye-Yun Chung Bennett on the harp with Wayne Hedrick on the flute. She made her debut solo harp album of “French Impressionist Harp Music” on a recording by Centaur Record Company. Prior to this, the Musical Heritage Society produced several recordings of her performances with the New York Harp Ensemble.
Bennett has performed as principal harpist and appeared as a soloist with many different symphony orchestras in the US and Korea. Ms. Chung premiered 'Sori for Harp,' which was written and dedicated to her by Dr. Byong Kon Kim in Israel. In 1987, she also premiered 'Genteel Dialogue' by Dr. Dinos Constantinides of LSU at Carnegie Recital Hall, earning favorable reviews by the New York Times. She played under the direction of Aaron Copland performing his composition at the Carnegie Hall in 1979.
Hye-Yun Chung Bennett performed a recital as a guest artist at the sixth World Harp Congress in Seattle in 1996. She was a soloist for the North Carolina Bach Festival in Raleigh. Ms. Bennett was a solo residence artist for the Young Audiences of Virginia for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Ms. Bennett was an adjunct professor teaching harp and piano at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She was also an Adjunct Faculty member at Tidewater Community College in Applied Music. Since 2001, Hye-Yun Chung Bennett has been the pianist at the Calvary Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Hye-Yun currently resides in Yokohoma, Japan with her husband. She is teaching and performing in her community and will return to the States in the future.