A graduate of the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Gabriel Chodos, Karen Sung holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance on the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship. Sung received her early training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) with a Bachelor’s degree in music. Her former teachers include Katherine Huang and Eleanor Wong.
An active performer, Sung has given recitals and concerts in the United States, Germany, Austria, Macau and Hong Kong. Her appearance as the soloist of Clara Schumann’s piano concerto has earned critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response. Other concert appearances included performances at the Saarburg Festival, Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, CUHK Concert Series, “Sound of Art” Concert Series of the Art Museum of Hong Kong, Musica del Cuore, RTHK 4 Concerts, among others. Sung was invited as a guest pianist for the CD recording of Chung Chi Choir in celebration of the 50th anniversary of CUHK music department.
Sung was awarded a full scholarship to study with the world-renowned pianist Dang Thai Son at the Kirishima International Music Festival in Japan. She was also the recipient of the AIA Foundation Music Scholarship awarded by the Asian Cultural Council, which supported her study at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.
As an avid chamber musician, Sung is the pianist and founding member of Dawning Quartet. She has been giving concerts in Hong Kong with the quartet regularly since 2014, presenting a diverse range of piano quartet repertoires to the local audiences. Their performance and interview have been recorded for the RTHK 4’s program. They were also invited by the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild to perform in the “New Generation Concert” and “SOUND-IMAGination” concert.
Also a committed teacher, Sung has taught at the Hong Kong Summer Music. She is the Fellow of the Trinity College London and has been invited as an adjudicator for various piano competitions. She is currently on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.