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Hyun-Ju Sung's Piano Recital - Play Sergei Rachmaninoff

Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center

Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center Hyun-Ju Sung's Piano Recital - Play Sergei Rachmaninoff

Pianist, Hyun-Ju Sung (D.M.A.) performs a program featuring works by Sergei Rachmaninoff (Three Preludes (Op.3, No.2, Op.23, No.6, and Op.23, No.5), and Piano sonata No.2, Op.36 in B flat minor. Also, this program features a piano trio (Trio Elegiaque No.1 in G minor ).

Korean born pianist, Dr. Hyun-Ju Sung received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. In the United States, she received her second Master’s degree from the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York City. She started her D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) study at The Ohio State University, where she was admitted as a recipient of Special Talented Student Award. She later transferred to Arizona State University on a full scholarship and received her D.M.A. degree in 2009. During her studies in Korea and the U.S, she was selected to receive piano master classes from world famous pianists, Solomon Mikovsky, Yefim Bronfman, Johannes Roloff, Andrew Cooperstock, Alexander Korsantia, and Yania Kudik.

Dr. Sung is a passionate classical pianist who has appeared at venues including Kerr Cultural Center, Katzin Concert Hall, Chopin Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Weigel Hall, Hughes Hall, Mannes Concert Hall, Goldmark Hall, Gyeonggi Arts Center, Buam Art hall, and Backnam Music Hall. In 2007, she was invited by Arizona Korean Culture and Arts Association to give a lecture recital. After she moved to the Bay Area in 2009, she gave two solo piano recitals at Santa Clara University – Recital Hall in October 2012 and Tateuchi Hall in October 2014.
She is also an experienced chamber musician who studied professionally with Eckart Sellheim, Harris Goldsmith, and Chin Kim. She has performed numerous duo ensembles and chamber concerts in Korea and the U.S.
With her talent as a contemporary music pianist, she performed winning works at the 31st and 32nd Nanpa Composition Competition. In 2003, she received Honorable Mention for her performance of John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto at the Arizona State University Concerto Competition. In 2004, she performed the music of Luciano Berio with Arizona State University Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Glenn Harkbarth. In 2009, she recorded “Contemporary Piano Solo Works Adapted from Korean Traditional Musical Elements”, at StudioWest in San Diego, CA. The CD contains four exquisite piano solo works by two renowned Korean composers, Sungki Kim and Youngjo Lee.

Dr. Sung is also very successful and enthusiastic as a piano teacher. Her students have successfully appeared at various local music festivals and won major competitions such as San Francisco Chopin Competition, MTAC State Piano Solo Competition, United State Open Music Competition, California State Performing Arts competition, and Korea Times Music Competition. She serves as an adjudicator for California State Performing Arts competition since 2014 and invited as an adjudicator for the 35th Annual California State Youth Accolades Competition in 2015. Currently, she teaches at AMASE (Academy of Music and Art for Special Education) while running a private studio in San Jose, CA. She is an active member of the Music Teachers' Association of California and the Music Teachers National Association.

Program

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Three Prelude (Op.3, No.2, Op.23, No.6, and Op.23, No.5)

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano sonata No.2, Op.36 in B flat minor

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Trio (Trio Elegiaque No.1 in G minor)

Performers

Sarah Hong

Cellist

Hi Jung Lee

Violinist