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Violinist Janet Sung enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, recognized for her intense, exhilarating performances, and by her signature lustrous, burnished tone. Hailed by The Washington Post for her “riveting” playing and “exquisite tone”, her playing possesses the rare blend of fierce intelligence, subtlety and brilliant virtuosity.
Since her orchestral debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at age 9, she has performed with leading orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Recent seasons has seen her as soloist with, among others, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Festival Chamber Symphony and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, as well as the orchestras of Boise, Bozeman, Corpus Christi, Delaware, Dubuque, Fargo-Moorhead, Hartford, Las Cruces, Springfield (Massachusetts and Ohio), Tacoma 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.
An artist of remarkable versatility, Ms. Sung is celebrated for her compelling performances of traditional works from Bach to Berg, and is passionate about promoting works of the 20th and 21st centuries. In recent years, she has performed repertoire as diverse as Henri Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, L’Arbes des Songes, to Astor Piazzolla’s Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas. In 2009, Ms. Sung presented the world premiere of Kenneth Fuchs’ American Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, and, in 2011, the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’Double Helix, which was recently released on Nimbus Records. Additionally, she has toured throughout the United States with fiddler Mark O’Connor’s American String Celebration, showcased in performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, and original compositions by O’Connor.
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,” and regular featured performances on Chicago’s WFMT. She is featured on recordings of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, the latter with members of the Gewandhaus Orchestra recorded at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany. Her latest recording project will include the complete works by J.S. Bach for Violin and Keyboard with pianist and Bach specialist, Sean Duggan.
In recital, Janet Sung has been presented in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Louisville, New York City and Pittsburgh, as well as in Odense, Denmark, Lausanne, Switzerland and Queenstown, New Zealand. She is frequently heard as concerto and recital soloist at distinguished festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Bellingham Festival, Britt Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Germany’s Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival, and Switzerland's Lucerne Festival. She is also a performing artist at numerous chamber music festivals, including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Kreeger Chamber Music Festival in Washington, D.C., the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Newport Music Festival, and is a regular guest with the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble and the American Chamber Players, which tour nationally.
Janet Sung was chosen by Leonard Slatkin as the recipient of the Passamaneck Award, for which she performed at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Hall for the Y Music Society Concert Series.
Born in New York City, Janet Sung began her violin studies at age seven, making her public debut the following year. At age nine, she began a decade of private studies with renowned violinist and pedagogue, Josef Gingold, a period that overlapped with her attendance at Harvard University. She graduated with honors earning a double degree in anthropology and music, a reflection of her inquisitive passion and curiosity. Ms. Sung was subsequently invited to study on full scholarship with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. Other influential teachers include Masao Kawasaki, David Cerone, Eugene Phillips and the Juilliard String Quartet.
Currently Associate Professor of Violin and Strings Coordinator at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, Ms. Sung is a highly sought after artist-teacher and regularly conducts master classes at conservatories throughout the U.S. and abroad. She also serves as associate faculty at The Juilliard School (initially as the Starling/DeLay Fellow). During the 2003-2004 season, she was invited as the Clifton Visiting Artist at Harvard University for the "Learning from Performers" program, whose previous guests included Isaac Stern, James Galway, Mark Morris and Quincy Jones.
Janet Sung plays a c.1600 Maggini violin crafted in Brescia, Italy.
Critically acclaimed for “the kind of artistry which captivates, transports and communicates deeply,” pianist Richard Bosworth brings to the concert stage a broad spectrum of musical tastes and experience. His travels have taken him to nearly every major continent in the capacities of a recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and competitor. Besides playing all the major repertory, he is a champion of contemporary works, often premiering them at convention workshops. His interest in jazz and composition add yet another dimension to his creative output. Upon receiving a baccalaureate from Eastman School, he pursued further studies at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, culminating in a doctoral degree. His teachers throughout his student years were such notables as Barry Snyder (prize winner of the Van Cliburn Competition), Leonard Hokanson (pianist of the Odeon Trio), Luba Dubinsky (pianist of the BorodinTrio), Mario Feninger (a Busoni expert), Michael Block (winner of the Artur Rubinstein Competition), and Balini Vazsonyi (student and official biographer of Ernst von Dohnanyi). Besides receiving a number of accolades on the competition scene, he has participated in some of the world's most prestigious music contests, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Beethoven Klavierwettbewerb in Vienna and the Pretoria Competitiion in South Africa. In 1999, he gave a guest performance at the White House in Washington, DC by invitation of President Clinton, and in 2005 debuted the first interactive music program to combine internet resources and multi-media at Lincoln Center. Most recently, in January of 2008, he performed for the Pianoforte Foundation, Chicago. The performance featured the music of Frederic Chopin and was broadcast live on WFMT. His appearances on other radio stations in the United States have included WQXR (New York) and WGBH (Boston). Dr. Bosworth has won praise from such internationally known conductors as Erich Kunzel and Keith Lockhart and has collaborated with flutist Turkil Bye and the late baritone Hermann Prey. His extensive repertory contains a number of recordings, including a release on Gallo Records that features the works of Swiss-American composer and conductor, Klaus Cornell. Videos of many of his performances may be found on YouTube. Dr. Bosworth