Hailed by The Washington Post for her “riveting” playing and “exquisite tone”, violinist Janet Sung’s playing possesses the rare blend of fierce intelligence, subtlety and brilliant virtuosity. She has performed worldwide with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Pusan Philharmonic (South Korea), Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), Britten Sinfonia (UK), Cairo Symphony Orchestra (Egypt), the Aspen Festival Chamber Symphony, and many others across the U.S. Festival appearances as concerto and recital soloist include Switzerland’ s Lucerne Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Britt Festival, Bellingham Festival, Sewanee Festival, and the Conciertos de La Villa Festival de Santo Domingo. In recital, she has been presented in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Louisville, New York City, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis, as well as in Odense, Denmark, Lausanne, Switzerland, Queenstown, New Zealand, and Jiangyin, China.
A prolific chamber artist, Ms. Sung has regularly appeared at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Kreeger Festival in Washington, D.C., the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Newport Music Festival, and is an ongoing guest with the American Chamber Players and the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble.
Celebrated for performances of traditional repertoire, including multiple broadcasts of her Korngold Concerto on NPR’s “Performance Today,” she is also a champion of works from the 21st century, premiering Kenneth Fuchs’ American Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, Augusta Read Thomas’ Double Helix, and Kenneth Hesketh’s Inscription/Transformation for Violin and Orchestra. A new Violin Concerto No. 4 by Augusta Read Thomas has been commissioned for her.
Her recording, “Edge of Youth,” was released in Spring 2019 on Sono Luminus to critical acclaim, and features works by Britten, Ensecu, Missy Mazzoli, Dan Visconti and Gabriel Prokofiev. She will release a concerto CD with the Britten Sinfonia for SOMM Records (UK) in Fall 2019.
Ms. Sung studied with renowned pedagogues Josef Gingold, starting at age 10, and Dorothy DeLay, with additional studies under Masao Kawasaki and the Juilliard Quartet. She graduated with honors from Harvard University in anthropology and music and from The Juilliard School.
She is currently String Chair and Violin Professor at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago. She plays a c.1600 Maggini violin crafted in Brescia, Italy.