Violinist JANET SUNG enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, praised for her exquisite tone and impassioned, bravura performances.
Janet Sung has been guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, as well as the orchestras of Adrian, Boise, Bozeman, Corpus Christi, Delaware, Dubuque, Fargo-Moorhead, Hartford, Owensboro, Richmond (IN), Springfield (Massachusetts & Ohio), Traverse City, Wheeling and Wyoming. Abroad, she has been heard with South Korea’s Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany’s Stelzen Festival Orchestra and Russia’s Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra and National Symphonic Orchestra of Bashkortostan. Her solo performances have frequently been aired on radio and television, nationally and internationally, including multiple broadcasts of her performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Acclaimed for her compelling performances of traditional works from Bach to Berg, she also reveals her repertoire’s diversity by presenting works of the 20th and 21st century and regularly touring with fiddler Mark O’Connor’s American String Celebration. In 2009, she performed the world premiere of Kenneth Fuchs’ American Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra.
As a recitalist, Janet Sung has been presented in major cities such as Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Louisville, New York City and Pittsburgh, as well as in Odense, Denmark, Lausanne, Switzerland and Queenstown, New Zealand. She is a frequently heard soloist at distinguished music festivals, including: Aspen Music Festival, Britt Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Switzerland's Lucerne Festival. An equally passionate chamber musician, Ms. Sung is also a regular guest at numerous festivals and with the American Chamber Players, touring nationally.
Janet Sung was chosen by Leonard Slatkin as the recipient of the Passamaneck Award, for which she performed at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall for the Y Music Society Concert Series. A winner of the Aspen Music Festival's Nakamichi Violin Competition, she has also been awarded other top prizes and grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, National Federation of Music Clubs Competition and Cho Chang Tsung Foundation.
Born in New York City, Janet Sung began violin studies at the age of seven. At age nine, she made her orchestral debut, performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The following year, she began a decade of private studies with renowned violinist, Josef Gingold. She continued her studies with him while attending Harvard University, from which she graduated with honors with a double degree in anthropology and music. Subsequently, Ms. Sung was invited to study on full scholarship at The Juilliard School with esteemed pedagogues, Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. She also studied extensively with David Cerone, Eugene Phillips and the Juilliard String Quartet.
In addition to her active performing career, she is highly sought after as an artist-teacher and has conducted masterclasses at conservatories throughout the country and abroad, including the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, Harvard University and The Juilliard School. She has also served as faculty at The Juilliard School (initially as the Starling/DeLay Institute Fellow), State University of New York at Fredonia, and the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp. During the 2003-2004 season, Ms. Sung returned to Harvard University as the Clifton Visiting Artist for the "Learning from Performers" program, whose previous guests included Isaac Stern, James Galway, Mark Morris and Quincy Jones. In 2010, she was appointed Associated Professor of Violin at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago.
Janet Sung plays a c.1600 Maggini violin crafted in Brescia, Italy.