Hometown: Seoul, but currently resides in the Fenway area while studying at the New England Conservatory.
Think of: An award-winning, dedicated violinist whose talent has landed her performances with international orchestras from the age of 9.
What caught our eye: Jang, an artist diploma student at the New England Conservatory, will play the Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall on March 8 as part of the Sunday Concert Series, where she’ll be accompanied by pianist Renana Gutman.
Biggest thrill: “I think my most thrilling moment would have to be my recital in Jordan Hall last year,” Jang said. “It was my first year as an artist diploma student at NEC.”
“Another one is the Indianapolis competition that I was in in September,” Jang added, referencing the 2014 International Violin Competition. “Especially in the very final concert, as soon as I got done playing there was a standing ovation. There was so much support and appreciation in the hall at that moment that I could never express in any way.”
Inspired by: “Definitely my parents and also my teacher here, Miriam [Fried]. My parents — they’re not musicians but they’ve always been very supportive of everything that I do. My father, especially, loves classical music and so he has a lot of different albums in the house and always was listening to it. That’s how I grew up and came to love music itself.”
Jang first met Fried at the Menuhin Competition when she was just 12.
“I think that was an important moment in my life too, because I met her and I had a wonderful experience talking to her and getting to play for her,” Jang remembered. “That was a big part of me coming to the States and studying here.”
Aspires to: “I definitely want to pursue the solo aspect of [my career] here,” Jang said. “But I also want to do chamber a lot. That’s why I have a quartet in Korea. Right now it’s mostly solo, so, for as long as I can really, I want to give concerts like the one I have at the Gardner and different venues, just to have that experience.”
For good luck: “Just eat good food and sleep well and rest for the concert,” Jang said, simply. “That usually does it for me.”
What people should know: “I just want to share my music with people,” Jang said.
Coming soon: On March 11, Jang will give a concert at Jordan Hall with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia and conductor Joshua Weilerstein, an NEC alum.