Sungsic Yang, violin
The first grand prize winner of the 1988 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in London, Sungsic Yang has established himself as one of the leading violinist of his generation. Mr.Yang’s international career includes performances with Lorin Maazel, and the Orchestre National de France, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Yehudi Menuhin, the Scottish National Symphony, the London Mozart Players, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ireland, the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, the Warsaw Chamber Orchestra, the Gavleborgs Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, the Stavanger Philharmonic in Norway, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra under Lawrence Foster, the Orchestra Symphonique Français under Laurent Petitgirard, the London BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis, and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitri Kitayenko - their live recordings of Mendelssohn andTchaikovsky concertos have subsequently been released under the label CBS Korea and the Brahms and Sibelius violin concertos recordings for Sony Classical Korea in Moscow.
In addition to several studio recordings with the BBC Concert Orchestra and for Radio France, Mr. Yang’s European tours include concerts with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Scottish National Youth Orchestra, and the Gulbenkian Philharmony of Portugal. He has performed in many famous venues in Barcelona, Frankfurt, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Rotterdam, Glasgow, Dublin, Budapest and throughout England.
His recitals in prestigious Halls such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, and Merkin Hall in New York were unanimously acclaimed both by the critics and the audiences.
Sungsic Yang was born in Seoul, Korea and started playing the violin at the age of four.
At eleven he performed the Mendelssohn concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Upon his graduation from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, he was awarded a full scholarship to study with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England.
He was invited to represent Korea as a member of the jury at the prestigious International Violin Competitions: M. Long-J. Thibaud in Paris, France, Premio Paganini in Genoa, Italy and Munetsugu International Competition in Nagoya, Japan. His new recording “The streghe”, works by Paganini for violin and guitar, has had great success in South Korea and abroad.
He founded one of the most successful South Korean string chamber orchestras, the “Erato Ensemble” in Seoul, South Korea as the Music Director, and is currently professor of violin at Tokyo University of the Arts in Japan.
«The brilliant Korean violinist firmly staked a claim on his audience’s attention with commanding intensity with unhurried grandeur and varied tonal character…The 26-year-old Korean had complete command of his instrument, and produced an unusually tense, pure tone...The host of young virtuoso descending on the concert world has increased by one. »
The New York Times
«Yang’s performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto was immensely assured, pure in tone, flawless in intonation, a delight to the ear. »
«A sensitive player with a strong vibrant tone»
«His wistful, even plaintive tone, produced a perfectly suited Poème»
«We enjoyed his clean, elegant and charming playing»
«His precise and flexible technique enables him to produce real fireworks...
This young violinist has a brilliant future. »
Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung
«Superbe poignancy and control revealed an impressive range of expression... the audience was left breathless» The Salisbury Journal