[Sung Chan Chang, Sojung Lee Hong]
Sung Chan Chang, started playing the cello when he was 7 years old. He was accepted to the Seoul Ye-Won Art School with prestigious honors in 2001, and the Juilliard Pre-College as a scholarship student in 2002. He graduated from The Korean National University of Arts with the Bachelor of Music degree in 2008, The Juilliard School with the Master of Music degree in 2010, Yale University with the Artist Diploma degree in 2012, and is currently studying at Northwestern University. He studied with Richard Aaron, HyoungWon Chang, Myung-Hwa Chung, Andre Emelianoff, Hee Duck Lee, Aldo Parisot, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. He won numerous competitions, including 44th Annual Sorantin Young Artist International Competition in 2003, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition in 2003, Aspen Concerto Competition in 2004, BMF Competition in 2006, Joong-Ang Daily News Competition in 2007, Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition in 2009, and Northwestern Concerto/Aria Competition in 2014. He has appeared as a soloist and a chamber musician in KBS Hall, KNUA Hall, Kulas Hall, Kumho Art Hall, Paul and Morse Halls at Lincoln Center, Lutkin Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Sejong Grand Hall and Chamber Hall, Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall and IBK Chamber Hall, and Sprague Hall.
Pianist Sojung Lee Hong, a native of Seoul, Korea, began her piano study at age three. After two years of study she won Grand Prize at Mozart Competition for Preschoolers with Mozart’s Sonata K. 330. During her childhood and adolescent years she received numerous top prizes at prestigious national music competitions in Korea including the Dong-A Music Competition. Her academic excellence also ranked her as a valedictorian at Seoul Arts High School. Later she received President Award at Seoul National University, where she obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Before she moved to the United States she was selected to perform at major concert halls in Korea such as Seoul Arts Center and Sejong Arts Center, and gave her solo recital at Hoam Art Hall.
During her doctoral study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign she won at Irene Tintner Piano Competition and was subsequently invited to perform with Germania Orchestra in Saginaw, Michigan. For many years Hong has given solo, chamber music, and concerto performances in the Midwestern cities as well as New York and the Seattle area. She currently teaches as Associate Professor of Piano at Judson University, Elgin, Illinois. She was selected as a lecture recital presenter at the Illinois State Music Teachers Association conferences and the College Music Society International and Regional conferences. Her recent international activities include a solo recital at Seoul Arts Center, teaching as a guest artist at Eum-Youn Summer Piano Academy & Festival in South Korea, and chamber music performances in Mexico and Cambodia.