YEON WOOK JEONG
AGE 53 I SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA I SOUTH KOREA
Yeon Wook Jeong’s first piano lessons, at 5, were with his father, a high school music teacher. Though he’s not sure of his depth of understanding at a young age, he says: “I have always been captivated by the sheer beauty and joy of music, and playing the piano became such an essential part of my identity that I cannot imagine my life without it, regardless of my non-musical career.” After earning a law degree from Seoul National University, Yeon Wook served a stint as an intelligence officer in the Korean Air Force, then was a deputy director in the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which included work in U.S.- and Canada-Korean relations, as well as with the United Nations. He then earned a J.D. from Columbia University and went on to work as a corporate lawyer in the United States and Korea, before founding Tombali, a legal translation service, in 2015. In his free time, he regularly plays tennis in a local club.