Aimee SUNG graduated from the Indiana University Bloomington School of Music on the Hong Kong Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship for Overseas Studies. She was among the last batch of students of the late Russian violinist, Nelli Shkolnikova, and she studied Baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie. She further studied with violinist Chen Xiang in mainland China upon graduation, and has taken part in master-classes with Michael Frischenschlager, Paul Roczek and Alex Kerr.
Sung is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sandra Wagstaff Scholarship for String Concerto, Miss Barbara Fei Instrumental Scholarship, Interlochen Fine Arts ward, South China Morning Post Student Musician of the Year Award, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Prize, Indiana University Dean’s Award and Faculty Award. She has performed on concert stages worldwide, including Austria, Italy, Sweden, the United States, Japan, mainland China, and her performance was broadcasted on Radio Television Hong Kong Channel 4 and Teledifusao de Macau. She was invited to perform in a piano trio recital in Osaka, Japan, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the city of Kawanishi, and was invited by the RTHK Quartet to perform with French pianist Geoffroy Couteau in Le French May 2011. She was a guest artist in ExxonMobil Vision “Sheng it Up” of 36th Hong Jong Arts Festival and was invited by La Reunion Musicale, a U.S. based period-instrument ensemble as the guest Baroque violinist in 2012.
Sung is the co-founder and violinist of Dawning Quartet, and has been on the violin faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has been invited as adjudicator in local competitions, and gives master-classes and chamber coaching in Hong Kong and Macau.
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. She is currently a staff accompanist at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Cantabile, Op. 17