AGE 41 I GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA I SOUTH KOREA
When Youjin Hong was a child, she always said, “I will be a concert pianist!” Now that she’s a doctor, she notes, she doesn’t say that anymore—but she still dreams of being on stage. After medical studies at Korea’s Ulsan University, she did her psychiatry residency at the Seoul Asan Medical Center and has been a practicing psychiatrist since 2011. She studied piano as a child for seven years and has been with her current teacher for two; last year, she took home second prize at the H-arts piano competition in Korea. She’s looking forward to the 2022 Cliburn Amateur as “a global music festival” and calls it one of the biggest events in her life. With the rest of her time, she enjoys interior design and gardening.