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Guest Artist Recital: Sahun Hong, piano

Guest Artist Recital: Sahun Hong, piano

Date and Time

Friday, March 15, 2024 7:30 PM


Sherman van Solkema Recital Hall


Schumann, Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Beethoven, Sonata Op. 111

This event is organized in collaboration with Grand Valley Piano Chamber Series (

Praised as an ýartist of enormous prowessý (Verbier Festival Newsletter) with ýlots of clarity, confidence, and wisdomý (New York Concert Review) and a ýwide range of rich colorsý (San Diego Story), pianist Sahun Sam Hong brings his colorful style and riveting energy to the solo, chamber, and concerto stage.

Hong was the winner of the 2017 Vendome Prize at Verbier, and received Second Prize at the 2017 International Beethoven Competition Vienna. He was also a recipient of a 2021 American Pianists Award, and finalist in the 2018 International German Piano Award and 2017 American Pianists Awards.

On the roster of Young Steinway Artists since 2010, Hong has been featured as a guest soloist with orchestras including ORF-Vienna, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Camerata New York, Fort Worth, Richardson, Racine, Waco, Galveston, and Brazos Valley Symphony. He has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hallýs Weill Hall, Lincoln Centerýs Alice Tully Hall, the Vienna Musikverein, Eýglise de Verbier, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

A sought-after interpreter of the duo and chamber repertoire, Hong has been invited to perform at major chamber music festivals including Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Raviniaýs Steans Institute, Taos, and Four Seasons. He is an artist at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

In addition to performing, Hong is a prolific arranger of chamber music and orchestral works, and his innovative transcriptions are performed all over the world. The New York City-based chamber music collective ensemble132 presents Hongýs creative transcriptions on annual tours throughout the United States. Highlights include new chamber music versions of Schumannýs Carnaval, Stravinskyýs Petrouchka, and an upcoming new arrangement of Straussý Death and Transfiguration.

At the age of 16, Hong graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, studying with John Owings. He also studied for six years with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Hong is currently based in New York City, and continues his studies with Yong Hi Moon at Peabody.

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