Born in Hong Kong, Karen SUNG started learning the piano at the age of six. She received her early training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) with a Bachelor’s degree in music. She continued her music studies in the United States on the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship and received the Master of Music degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Gabriel Chodos. Her former teachers include Katherine Huang and Eleanor Wong.
An active performer, Sung has given recitals and concerts in the United States, Germany, Austria, Macau and Hong Kong. Her appearance as the soloist of Clara Schumann’s piano concerto has earned critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response. Other concert appearances included performances at the Saarburg Festival, Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, CUHK Concert Series, “Sound of Art” Concert Series of the Art Museum of Hong Kong, among others.
As an avid chamber musician, Sung is the pianist and founding member of Dawning Quartet. She has been giving concerts in Hong Kong with the quartet regularly since 2014, presenting a diverse range of piano quartet repertoires to the local audiences. Their performance and interview have been recorded for the RTHK 4’s program. Sung was invited as a guest pianist for the CD recording of Chung Chi Choir in celebration of the 50th anniversary of CUHK music department.
In 2007, Sung was awarded a full scholarship to study with the world-renowned pianist Dang Thai Son at the 27th Kirishima International Music Festival in Japan. She was also the recipient of the AIA Foundation Music Scholarship awarded by the Asian Cultural Council, which supported her study at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Sung has performed in masterclasses for Peter Frankl, Andrzej Jasinski, late Vladimir Krainev, Jerome Rose, and Jeffrey Swan to name a few.
Also a committed teacher, Sung has taught at the Hong Kong Summer Music. She is the Fellow of the Trinity College London and a regular adjudicator for several local piano competitions. Sung is currently a staff accompanist at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Pianist WONG Tak Wai Ivan is a graduate of Boston University with a Master of Music degree in piano performance. He was a student of the late Anthony di Bonaventura. Started learning piano at the age of ten, he received music training at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music under the tutelage of Yim Wan.
Wong’s playing has been described by Vanessa Latarche as “an intense and honest approach with respect for the music…which exhibited excellent concentration and love for music.” He was selected to the Brandywine International Piano Institute at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He has also performed in masterclasses for Edward Auer, Gustavo Romero, Dr. Corey Hamm and Lee Trios, among others. In 2007, Wong studied piano with Alexandre Solopov and music theory with Dr. David Cubek at the McGill University. He was the recipient of the Lo Kui Chuen Scholarship awarded by the Chung Chi College. He has worked in the Performing Arts Department of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
Besides performing, Wong is also an active writer. His music reviews are frequently published in the Hong Kong Economic Times and Criticspo. His article written for the New Vision Arts Festival has been included in the “Collections of Art Criticisms” published by the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong).
Wong currently maintains a private studio as a teacher and accompanist. He also served as an adjudicator in several local piano competitions. He is the Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music with distinction.