Young Steinway Artists Program
At piano competitions, music festivals and concerts, young pianists often express their desire to become Steinway Artists, to join the celebrated community of today's most acclaimed pianists. Our artist family encompasses all genres of music, from classical, jazz, cabaret and pop, including artists such as Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman, Ahmad Jamal and Diana Krall, Billy Joel and Bruce Hornsby.
Often a formal affiliation with Steinway & Sons has not been possible for an emerging artist, since all Steinway Artists must personally own a Steinway piano. The financial realities of developing a career can often make that requirement difficult for many otherwise deserving young musicians. Steinway & Sons has always taken pride in its role of nurturing talent and promoting the art of piano playing. In that spirit, Steinway has developed a new program in an effort to reach out to young pianists at an early point in burgeoning careers. This program, "Young Steinway Artist", confers upon a select group of talented musicians the distinction of affiliation with the Steinway Artist family, and access to the worldwide resources of Steinway & Sons and its exclusive network of dealers.
The Young Steinway Artist program will consider all pianists who own an instrument from the Family of Steinway-Designed Pianos, which include not only the Steinway Piano, but the Boston and Essex lines as well. The Steinway piano is heard on the stages of prestigious international concert venues and is the preferred instrument of 98% of the world's concert pianists. The Boston and Essex pianos, affordably priced instruments built to the specifications of Steinway & Sons, are found throughout the world in the most prestigious schools, conservatories, music festivals, houses of worship, and teaching studios.
For more information and details about how to become a Young Steinway Artist, please Contact Us.
Local Young Steinway Artist
Sahun Hong is the first Young Steinway Artist in Texas.
Born in 1994 in Seoul, Korea, Sahun Hong has studied piano since the age of four. In 2005, at age 11, he entered Texas Christian University to study piano performance with Professor John Owings. Prior to 2005, Sahun performed in 28 schools in the Fort Worth ISD with the Van Cliburn Foundation’s “Musical Awakenings” program.
Sahun, now 16 years old, is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including:
First Prize in the Hubbard Solo and Chamber Music Competition (February 2011)
Fourth Prize in the Cooper International Piano Competition in Oberlin, Ohio (of 43 pianists from eight countries) (July 2010)
Bayard H. Friedman Award for Outstanding Student in Performing Arts presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth (May 2010)
First Prize in the Piano Division of the 2010 Lennox International Young Artist Competition (January 2010)
Winner of the Texas Music Teachers Association statewide 2009 Solo Contest Winner of the Fort Worth Symphony 2009 Young Artists Competition First Prize in the Leschetizky Competition for Gifted Young Pianists in New York, which included a performance with Camerata New York in Merkin Hall (April 2009)
First Prize in the Piano Division and overall Grand Prize in the 2009 Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras (TASO)
Sahun has been invited to perform with the Brazos Valley Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Waco Symphony, and Galveston Symphony. He performed with the Richardson Symphony in March 2010 and performed the Beethoven Concerto No. 3 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in September 2009. Howard Aibel wrote in New York Concert Review that Sahun “was at home at the keyboard, performing this great Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with lots of clarity, confidence and wisdom.”
Sahun was featured last fall on the nationally broadcast radio show “From the Top.” The April 2008 issue of Fort Worth, Texas magazine featured Sahun in an article titled “14 Brilliant Minds.”
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