Catching up with #AmericanPianistsAwards finalist Sam Hong | #TeamSam

When we last spoke with American Pianists Awards finalist Sam Hong, he had just learned of his selection as a finalist and was looking forward to taking part in the competition. Over the summer and into this fall, Sam has been working on his repertoire ahead of his performance December 4.

As covered previously, Sam is an avid chamber musician, and his schedule over the summer had no shortage of stringed instruments: performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute program for piano and strings, and Music from Angel Fire were among the highlights:

September brought Sam and the other four 2017 Awards finalists together for the first time at Steinway Hall in New York on September 14, where he played two pieces from Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke. Later that month, Sam took in Henry Kramer’s Premiere Series performance and spent more time getting to know the other finalists in Indianapolis.

Earlier this month, Sam enlisted his Trio St. Bernard to provide us with additional insight into his efforts to become the next American Pianists Awards winner. As covered in our prior feature on Sam, he is a social sort with a decidedly individualistic flair. Here is what happens when he and his friends find a camera:

Now on the eve of his first live juried performance of the American Pianists Awards, Sam shows us where he has been preparing for this concert:


Sam Hong’s Premiere Series concert is coming up Sunday, December 4 at the Indiana History Center. As part of the American Pianists Awards program, Sam will also complete a residency at Lawrence North High School December 5 to December 7. Show your support for him on social media by mentioning #AmericanPianistsAwards #TeamSam!


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