UAH welcomes internationally renowned pianist, Jihye Chang Sung

International pianist Dr. Jihye Chang Sung will visit UAH Feb. 21-22.

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Internationally renowned pianist Jihye Chang Sung will visit The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) as a scholar Feb. 21-22.

During her short residency at UAH, Sung will lead a piano master class, give a public lecture, and present a Continuum 88 recital. Her visit is co-sponsored by the UAH Humanities Center and the Department of Music. All events will be held in Roberts Recital Hall on campus, and are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, from 9:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Sung will give the lecture "A Short Journey to the 20th—21st Century Music via Piano Etude." At 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, Sung will lead a Piano Master Class, and at 7:30 p.m. she will present the Lecture Recital: Continuum 88, Part III.

Pianist Jihye Chang Sung enjoys a diverse career as a performer, educator, scholar, recording artist, and advocate for new music in the United States and abroad.

Most recently she was a visiting assistant professor at Florida State University where she is now a lecturer. Sung is also a faculty member at the Brevard Music Center and a core member of the Intersection Contemporary Ensemble. In addition, she is the artistic director of "Piano Intensive at BMC," and creator of the "Piano Wisdom" page on Facebook, where she shares inspiring quotes and helpful tips from master piano teachers and fellow pianists.

In 2016, she launched a multi-year solo recital project called "Continuum 88," commissioning and premiering works related to the most prominent genres of piano literature. Continuum 88 showcase the third chapter of her five-year project on exploring the major forms and genres of piano literature – Preludes, Etudes, Fantasies, Miniatures and Variations, and Sonatas.

She has shared the stage with renowned musicians such as Chee-Yun, Frank Cohen, Andrés Diaz, Anton Kuerti, and Richard Young, among others. Her recordings can be found on labels including Sony/BMG Korea, Albany, Centaur, and Ravello/Parma.

Sung has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Korea, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

She is a recipient of the Henry Kohn Award from the Tanglewood Music Center, an Honorary Fellowship from the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Aaron Copland Recording Grant, and first prize of the Mikhashoff International Pianist-Composer Competition.

Sung graduated from Seoul National University, where she received the President’s Award, and earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of György Sebök, Reiko Neriki, and Edward Auer.


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