Jazz pianist and Houston native Helen Sung in a free lunchtime solo performance.
Winner of the 2007 Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition, and named by Wynton Marsalis as one of his 2011 “Who’s Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch” (Jet Magazine), pianist/composer Helen Sung is blazing her own path. As an Asian-American artist, she bridges diverse worlds with a singular sound and vision. A native of Houston and graduate of HSPVA, Sung was an aspiring classical pianist at the University of Texas at Austin before “a Tommy Flanagan solo changed everything”. She went on to graduate from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (at the New England Conservatory) where she and 6 fellow students had the unprecedented opportunity to study directly with the living legends of jazz (master bassist Ron Carter was Artistic Director). Now this exceptional artist is enchanting listeners everywhere – her music swings, it’s funky, intelligent, and also has the elegant textures and dazzling technique of her classical background. Sung incorporates the influences of the masters in an utterly unique way, creating imaginative, modern music that thoroughly captivates.