Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts

First Annual International Concerto Competition 2019
Concerto 2019: Brahms piano concerto No.1 in D minor, Op. 15


Concert 10
Sunday August 18, 2019,  7:00-11:00 pm
at NEC's Williams Hall

Concerto Competition Final Round
in order of appearance


Brahms piano concerto No. 1
in D minor, Op. 15
Rondo: Allegro non troppo


Zhiye Lin, China

Jun Sun, China

Sahun Sam Hong, USA

collaborative pianist on the second piano
Dr. Yinfei Wang

Jury panel of the Final Round
in alphabetical order
judges do not score their own students

Professor Jonathan Bass, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Professor Wha-Kyung Byun
, New England Conservatory (absent)
Professor David Deveau
Professor Haesun Paik
, New England Conservatory, and Cleveland School of Music
Mr. Channing Yu
, Conductor Mercury Orchestra

photos: Chi Wei Lo


First Prize of the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts International Concerto Competition Announced:

First Prize-winner:
Zhiye Lin (China), winning $3000 in cash, concerto performance on 8/24/2019, 7:30 pm at NEC's Jordan Hall with Mercury Orchestra, and a returning solo recital in Summer Concert Series @ NEC 2020.  The Second Prize-winner: Sahun Sam Hong (USA), an invitation for solo recital in Summer Concert Series @ NEC 2020. The Third Prize-winner: Jun Sun (China).

For us in the audience to hear the 3 highly achieved but different styles pianists performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor,  Op. 15 with Dr. Yinfei Wang on the second piano was a real treat, but it was a challenging task for our distinguished panel of judges.

photo: Chi Wei Lo

Admission Free,suggested donation $10 at door.
Age 6 and under not admitted.

Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts



in appearance order


Zhiye Lin
, M, age 22, China

Pianist Zhiye Lin, a native of Shantou, Canton Province, China, began playing piano at age seven. In 2011, he won the excellent performance prize in the concerto competition held in the Middle School affiliated in Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the first prize of V Category in the Third Piano Competition of NIHON Piano Association in Tokyo, Japan. He also was the recipient of the 2nd prize of 2014 Spain 2nd Concurso Internatcional de Piano“Villa de Xabia”, the Melvin Stecher And Norman Horowitz Second Prize of One-Piano, Four Hands Ensemble in 2016 8th New York International Piano Competition, the 1st prize of 2018 High Point University Piano Competition in North Carolina and the 1st prize of 2019 West Virginia International Piano Competition.

He has performed at The Kennedy Center, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, He Lvding Hall, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall and Ningbo Concert Hall, and he received Ende Niu Piano Major Scholarship (2009), the People Scholarship of Shanghai Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory Of Music (2010-2015), and YAMAHA Music Scholarship (2016). In 2007, he began his studies at the middle school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Ting Zhou. He earned his bachelor degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of Haesun Paik and is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Hung-Kuan Chen.

Jun Sun
, M, age 30, China

Chinese born pianist Jun Sun has showed his musical individuality from various performing experiments. He had successfully made appearance in notable halls around the world such as Alice Tully Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theater in Lincoln Center, The Great Hall in Leeds, Chinese National Theater. He was praised and performed with masters such as Fou T’song, Paul Badura-Skoda. Apart from performing, Mr. Jun has dedicated himself into teaching as a faculty member of the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in China from 2015.

Having made his orchestral debut with Fou T’song in 2007 with Shanghai Conservatory orchestra, Mr. Sun’s growing musicianship won him prizes such as the Crescendo Music Award 2012, two Special prizes in William Kapell International piano Competition, the second prize in the Young Concert Artists International Competition and he is also a laureate of the China International Piano Competition in 2010.

Mr. Sun was born in 1988, started piano at the age of 5 in Shanghai, China. Receiving bachelor of music and master of music degree from the Juilliard School with full scholarship under Robert McDonald, Jun just graduated from artist diploma degree at the Manhattan School of Music with the guidance of Marc Silverman.

Sahun Sam Hong, M, age 24, USA

Praised as an “artist already of enormous prowess” (Verbier Festival Newsletter) with “lots of clarity, confidence, and wisdom” (New York Concert Review), pianist Sahun Hong brings his colorful style and riveting energy to the solo, chamber, and concerto stage.

On the roster of Young Steinway Artists since 2010, Hong has been featured as a guest soloist with the Vienna ORF, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Camerata New York, Fort Worth, Richardson, Racine, Waco, Galveston, and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestras. He has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Vienna Musikverein, Église de Verbier, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

Hong was most recently the winner of the 2017 Vendome Prize at Verbier, and also received Second Prize at the 2017 International Beethoven Competition Vienna. He was a finalist in the 2017 American Pianists Awards.

An avid chamber musician, Hong has appeared in festivals such as Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Chamber Music Encounters at Lincoln Center, and the Taos School of Music. Hong is currently a student of Leon Fleisher in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.


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