Sungji Hong’s music has been described as “a work of iridescent freshness” (BBC Music Magazine), “the sound is utterly luminous” (Fanfare Magazine), and "a virtuoso exploration of the technical and sonorous possibilities” (Daily Telegraph).
Hong graduated from the University of York (Ph.D.) in the UK, Royal Academy of Music in London (MMus), and Hanyang University in Seoul (BA). She has received 45 distinctions for her compositions, including the Franz Josef Reinl-Stiftung (1st Prize), the Jesus Villa-Rojo (1st Prize), the Temple Music Composition Prize (1st Prize), ACL Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize (1st Prize), Ilshin Composition Prize (1st Prize), and CFAMC scholarship.
Her creative output ranges from works for solo instruments to full orchestra, as well as choral, ballet, and electroacoustic music. Her works have been commissioned by National Flute Association (2018), the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (2008), the Keumho Asiana Cultural Foundation (2008), the Tongyoung International Music Festival (2005/2007), the MATA Festival (2004), and the Fromm Music Foundation (2004).
Her music has been performed in over 44 countries and 205 cities throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. Her music has been widely broadcast in more than 17 countries (37 channels including BBC Radio 3, SWR 2, DLF, MDR FIGARO, RDP-Antena 2, HRT 3, ERT, YLE Radio 1, ABC CLASSIC FM, WBUR, and WNYC 2) and has been recorded and released on the Soundbrush, Elektramusic, Atoll, Dutton label and by ECM Records. Her music is published by Da Vinci Edition and Tetractys Publishing.
Since 2018, Hong has been teaching composition at the University of North Texas.