Sam Hong, Rising Star
Praised for his “excellent combination of virtuosity and musicality” and “lots of clarity, confidence, and wisdom” (New York Concert Review), pianist Sahun “Sam” Hong brings his colorful style and riveting energy to the solo, chamber, and concerto stage.
On the roster of Young Steinway Artists since 2010, Sam has been featured as a guest soloist with the ORF Wiener, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Camerata New York, Fort Worth, Richardson, Racine, Waco, Galveston, and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestras. He has given performances in prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Goldener Saal and Brahms-Saal at the Vienna Musikverein, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
Sam was most recently the winner ex aequo of the 2017 Vendome Prize at Verbier, and received Second Prize at the 2017 International Beethoven Competition Vienna. He was a finalist for the 2017 American Pianists Awards..
An avid chamber musician, Sam is part of Trio St. Bernard with violinist Brandon Garbot and cellist Zachary Mowitz. He has participated in festivals such as Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Chamber Music Encounters at Lincoln Center, and the Taos School of Music. His recent collaborations include performances with Colin Carr, Ara Gregorian, Emanuel Gruber, Hsin-Yun Huang, Michael Kannen, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Daniel Phillips, Steven Tenenbom, and the Pacifica Quartet.
At the age of 16, Sam graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, studying with John Owings. Currently, Sam is a student of Leon Fleisher in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Sonata Op. 10, No. 1
4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119
Piano Sonata No.2, Op.35