Ja-kyung Oh was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1960. She graduated from Hanyang University in Seoul and earned her master’s degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 1991 she began her career as a professor in the Church Music Department of the Korea Baptist Theological Seminary in Daejon. She later joined the faculty of Korea National University of Arts in 2000. In 2007 she received the Fulbright Scholarship as a visiting scholar at Yale Institute of Sacred Music. During her stay at Yale she played a solo recital at the inauguration of the new Taylor & Boody organ in Marquand Chapel.
Overseeing the installation of a historic organ by GOArt of Sweden at her University was one of her finest efforts. The CD of her performance on this organ has been released through Loft Recording in the U.S. Her various activities also prove that she is the major driving force in early music fields in Korea. As the director of the Early Music Institute at the Korea National University of Arts she has presided over the K’Arts Bach Week since 2009. Her series of solo recitals on Bach keyboard works with specific topics during the Bach Week have been warmly appreciated. After 20 years of preparation, she finally set up the first graduate program of early music on various historic instruments at Korea National University of Music this year.
She has been invited to perform in many countries including Austria, Britain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Czech Republic and the United State. She was the jury member of many international organ competitions including the Musashino (2008), the Arp Schnitger(2010, 2012, 2014), St. Albans (2015 ), the Wadden Sea(2017), and the Buxtehude(2018). As the president of Korean Association of Organists she organized the first International Organ Competition of Korea with Lotte Foundation for Arts in 2020.