| Houston, Texas, US|
1997 – present
| Jazz Pianist · helensung.com|
University of Texas at Austin
Helenistique, Sungbird, (re)Conception, With Malice Toward None, Going Express, Anthem for a New Day, Push
Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Stefon Harris, Marcus Strickland, Ben Perowsky
Helen Sung Wikipedia
Helen Sung is an American jazz pianist.
Sung is a native of Houston, Texas, and is of Chinese heritage. She attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and went on to receive undergraduate and master's degrees in classical piano performance at the University of Texas at Austin. She first heard jazz music during that time and eventually switched her focus. She went on to graduate from Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. Highlights of the two-year program include performing at the Kennedy Center and touring India and Thailand with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
Sung won the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition in 2007 and was a semifinalist in the Monk Institute Piano Competition in 1999. She appeared on the radio show Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland on NPR.
She has performed at many festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Detroit International Jazz Festival, Aspen Institute Ideas Festival, Seattle's Earshot Festival, and the Mary Lou Williams Festival sponsored by the Kennedy Center.
She has been featured at the Wigan International Jazz Festival, China's Jz Festival, India's "Jus' Jazz" Festival, and the Kalisz International Jazz Piano Festival in Poland. She and her group NuGenerations toured southern Africa as jazz ambassadors.
She has worked with Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Ron Carter, Jon Faddis, Wayne Shorter, T. S. Monk, MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
Sung produced a jazz residency program for under-served students (through a Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant), conducts workshops/master-classes, and joined the Berklee College of Music as an Associate Piano Professor in the Fall of 2011. She has completed composition commissions for the West Chester University Poetry Conference, arts organization JazzReach, the artisanal North Coast Brewing Company, and was selected as a 2010 NYC Spaces/Con Edison Composer-in-Residence at Flushing Town Hall.2004 Push (Fresh Sound)
2006 Helenistique (Fresh Sound)
2007 Sungbird (After Albeniz) (Sunnyside)
2010 Going Express (Sunnyside)
2011 (Re)Conception (SteepleChase)
2014 Anthem for a New Day (Concord Jazz)
2004 To Bring Him Here, Kristin Lomholt
2004 With Malice Toward None, Tom McIntosh
2005 Live at Marihan's, Clark Terry
2005 The Truth, Greg Tardy
2006 Subway Songs, Metta Quintet
2007 Louie & Clark Expedition, Vol. 2, Louie Bellson/Clark Terry
2009 Ronnie, Ronnie Cuber
2009 The Brother Thelonious Quintet, The Brother Thelonious Quintet
2010 Horace to Max, Joe Chambers
2011 The Mosaic Project, Terri Lyne Carrington
2012 No Restrictions, Iris Ornig
2012 Word of Ear, Wolfgang Schalk
2013 Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Meg Okura/Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble
2015 Mingus Sings, Frank Lacy
2015 The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul, Terri Lyne Carrington