Contestant 17: Jenna Sung
Invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and made her orchestra debut by the age of 10. British prodigy, Jenna Sung, continues to make an impression in the piano world.
Ms Sung, identified by Gramophone as “the talent of tomorrow – today”, has been critically acclaimed, described as creating “magical impressionistic, but also dramatic sound-paintings” by Westdeutsche Zeitung. The Polish Radio praised her “dexterity and flawless performing skills” as well as her “extraordinary temperament”. Working with world-renowned musicians and always performing with her unique style, Jenna commands “a masterful and effortless technique on all levels, yet never treats virtuosity as an end in itself, focusing instead on details of dynamics, tonal shadings, and expression” – Classics Today.
Ms Sung received an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall and made her orchestra debut at age ten. More recently, Jenna had a successful debut concert in the Berlin Philharmonic and
at Wigmore Hall London. She performed at the Chopin recital series “Fryderyk Chopin – Dzie?a Wszystkie”, organized with honorary sponsorship from the President of Poland. Jenna was also invited to Germany by the Kawai European Headquarters, the Internationall Festival Palermo Classica in Italy, the Benasque Music Festival in Spain and recently had the honour of performing a recital for HRH the Duke of Kent. Ms Sung is very active in performing contemporary music, an example of which is her commissioning two pieces by renowned British composers, premiered by her at Wigmore Hall, to commemorate the lives lost in the Korean ferry disaster of April 2014.
Jenna was the winner of numerous piano competitions, including Jaques Samuel Pianos Competition London, Alfred Kitchin Competition, RCM Concerto Competition London, Intl Piano Competition Ciudad de Huesca in Spain, Stefano Marizza in Italy, Maria Canals in Spain,Carl Filtsch in Romania, Premio Iturbi Valencia and others. Her career led her to many cities in the world –UK, Germany, Italy, Korea, Holland, Spain and France.
Jenna has studied at many prestigious conservatoires – Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, Royal College of Music London, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Seoul Arts High School, Yewon Arts School – and has worked with renowned pianists such as Prof. Gabriele Kupfernagel, Prof. George Sava, Prof. Klaus Sticken, Bruce Brubaker, Prof Michel Berroff, Prof Roy Howat, Prof Józef Stompel, Prof Anne Queffelec, Prof Brigitte Engerer, Prof Stefan Litwin, Pascal Rogé, Eugene Indjic, Prof. Andrzej Jasinski, Prof. Deniz Gelenbe, Prof. Martinos Tirimos and Prof. Leon McCawley.