Jinwook Jung was born in 1994 in Seoul, South Korea. He started learning piano and violin from the age of six. In 2006, he was accepted as a pre-student at the Korean National University of Arts, where he studied composition and piano until 2011. He has studied composition for his bachelor’s degree at the University of the Arts Bremen with Prof. Jörg Birkenkötter. At the same time, he has been working on electroacoustic compositions as well with Prof. Kilian Schwoon. Currently he is studying for a Master in Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz with Prof. Beat Furrer since 2016.
In addition to composition, he has performed as a pianist in many concerts in Europe. Moreover, he has won numerous of awards and scholarships, including one from the national scholarship foundation of Germany »Deutschlandstipendium« and the DAAD. Since 2015, he has been receiving a scholarship from the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation. In the same year he was awarded the prize of the Karlsruhe Composition Competition and in 2016 he was awarded the 1st prize of the Florence Composition Competition for string quartet and the 2nd prize of the International Gesualdo Composition Competition in Italy. His music has been recognized in a number of international music festivals, which includes »Archipel Genève« in Switzerland, »Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival« in South Korea with Ensemble Schallfeld, »Martini Elettrico« in Bologna, »11.11. neue musik«, »ZeitGenuss« and »ZKM next_generation« in Karlsruhe. Furthermore he was selected for the masterclass orchestral composition of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra »SWR« with his piece, for the spring project with ensemble recherche and for the International Composition Masterclasses »Sound of Wander« of Chaya Czernowin and Simon Steen-Andersen in Milan, as well as for the orchestral composition masterclass with Franck Bedrossian in Paris, therefore he is invited to the festival »ManiFeste-2018« of IRCAM with his new orchestral piece, which will be premiered by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
For a starting point to his compositions, he often looks to works or ideas from other fields of art, such as visual art, literature and architecture. From his homeland, in terms of both the traditional and the present, he is never content to merely "translate" idioms; rather he ardently seeks ways to reflect on these issues and to bring an inspiring vitality to his own ideas in these works.