Dr. Jee-Hoon Krska is the the founder, program director and principal instructor of Keys 2 Success, a new program that seeks to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Newark, New Jersey, through music education.
As a young pianist growing up in Malaysia, Jee-Hoon gained national recognition with performances before the Sultan and on broadcast radio. After immigrating to the United States with her family at the age of eleven, she continued her piano studies as a scholarship student in the Juilliard pre-college program under the tutelage of Olegna Fuschi. Upon graduating from high school Jee-Hoon studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ultimately receiving a Ph.D. Throughout her years at MIT she continued to study piano performance under David Deveau and has maintained an active performance schedule in years since, including with Yo-Yo Ma and as a soloist with the Boston Pops at Boston Symphony Hall.
After earning her doctorate, Dr. Krska spent twenty years working in the semiconductor industry, leading global teams in product development, marketing, and strategy. During the last decade, she has also actively worked to improve the lives of the youth in Pennington Court, a Newark Housing Authority (NHA) public housing community that is home to many of the poorest minority residents in Newark, through involvement in a series of projects aimed at fostering their intellectual development and social skills . It was through this experience that she saw first hand the effects of generational poverty and developed a passion for investing in the lives of youth which ultimately led to her decision in 2016 to work full time with the children of Newark by founding Keys 2 Success.