Teacher Kum Joung You (KJ) was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, where he studied music at a young age. After high school, he continued his musical studies in the United States, attending the State University of New York at Fredonia, majoring in violin performance. KJ continued his education at The Hartt School, where he received a Master’s of Music in violin performance in 2009, a Graduate Performance Diploma in Viola in 2011, as well as an Artist Diploma in Viola performance in 2013. He has studied extensively with Katie Lansdale, Janet Sung, Steve Larson, and Rita Porfiris. While attending Hartt, he received a full scholarship as a member of the prestigious 20/20 Ensemble.

Kum Joung is a registered Suzuki violin and viola teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He has studied Suzuki pedagogy with renowned Suzuki teacher trainer, Teri Einfeldt, former chair of the SAA. He has taught students age 5 through adult using his knowledge and skills in Suzuki pedagogy.

A former faculty member of Northern Connecticut Community Music School in the US, KJ served an advanced level violin and viola teacher using both traditional and Suzuki method. In addition he directed the Vivace chamber ensemble, preparing high school and middle school age students for serious musical study in their future years. Several of the students in this group have earned acceptance into regional and district festival orchestras as well as summer music camps, such as the prestigious New England Music Camp.

A recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the Harry King Award, the Juliet Rosch Award, First Prize in the Concerto Competition at EKU, and Second Prize in the National Violin Competition at Kimpo College in South Korea. KJ is also a two-time winner of the Hot Spring Music Festival Violin Competition (2006, 2008),Seoul Philharmonic Viola tutti Audition finalist, and New York Artist International Competition chamber music 2nd prize.

Kum Joung has also participated in many master-classes with notable teachers including Wilfried Strehle (Berlin Philharmonic), Samuel Rhodes (Julliard school), Peter Winograd, Wolfram Koessel (American String Quartet), Mark Steinberg (Brentano String Quartet), Darrett Adkins (Julliard school) and Lynn Harrell.