Sam Hong (born 7/18/1994) is a finalist for the 2017 American Pianists Awards. Praised for his “excellent combination of virtuosity and musicality” and “lots of clarity, confidence, and wisdom” (New York Concert Review), he brings his colorful style and riveting energy to the solo, chamber, and concerto stage. Sam has been a Young Steinway Artist since 2010 and has been featured as a guest soloist with the Milwaukee, Camerata New York, Fort Worth, Richardson, Waco, Galveston, and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestras. Sam is a First Prize winner of the New York International, Leschetizky International, Lennox International Young Artist, PianoArts North American, Fort Worth Symphony Young Artist, Snowy Range, and Juanita Miller Competitions. This past summer he was one of two pianists selected to participate in the Taos School of Music.
An avid chamber musician, Sam is part of Trio St. Bernard with violinist Brandon Garbot and cellist Zachary Mowitz. He is the pianist and arranger of the ensemble Mercury Musicians, which performs original arrangements of classical music. He has participated in festivals such as the Ravinia Steans Institute, Chamber Music Encounters at Lincoln Center, and the Taos School of Music.
At the age of 16, Sam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, studying with John Owings. He has also studied with Martin Canin and Yoheved Kaplinsky of The Juilliard School. Currently, Sam is a student of Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
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