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Bowers Program Artist

Sahun Sam Hong

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Praised as an “artist of enormous prowess” (Verbier Festival Newsletter) with “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. He 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. 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, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Taos, and Four Seasons. In addition to performing, he is a prolific arranger of chamber music and orchestral works, and his innovative transcriptions are performed all over the world. He is a founding member of ensemble132, a chamber music collective that presents his transcriptions on annual tours. In 2024, he begins his tenure as a member of CMS’s Bowers Program. At the age of 16, Hong graduated from Texas Christian University, studying with John Owings. He also studied for six years with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Hong is currently based in New York City, and continues his studies with Yong Hi Moon at Peabody.