Sungu Kang earned his Bachelor's degree from Yonsei University, South Korea, a Master's degree from the Juilliard School, and a Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include Hung-Kuan Chen, Melvin Chen, and Marc Silverman. He participated in masterclasses led by renowned pianists such as Stephen Hough, Marc-André Hamelin, Pavel Gililov, Jan Jiracek von Arnim, and Claudio Martínez Mehner.
Pianist Sungu Kang has appeared on stage in many different countries such as South Korea, Italy, France, Spain, Canada, and the USA. He has been invited to perform at festivals like the For the Piano Summer Music Festival and Busan Women’s College Music Festival. Recently, he was invited to play at a diplomatic event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Korea-Canada diplomacy, where he was recognized by the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver.
Besides performing in prestigious concert halls like Hyundai Arts Center, Paul Hall, Morse Hall, Théâtre Municipal in Epinal, and Ulsan Arts Center, he also finds great joy in playing at smaller, audience- friendly venues. He conducts intimate classroom and house concerts, aiming to interact closely with as many audiences as possible and share his musical thoughts. Notably, in several series of house concerts held in his hometown, tickets were sold out from the beginning every single time.
He has won the Metropolitan International Piano Competition, Ambrose Matilda Music Competition, Suri Music Competition, and Music Journal Competition. Sungu has also achieved recognition as a finalist at the Vigo International Piano Competition in Spain where he received honorable mention by Cyprien Katsaris and Akiko Ebi, KBS-KEPCO Music Competition, and Busan Music Competition in South Korea, which are renowned platforms for talented Korean pianists to compete intensely before embarking on their international careers.
Sungu is a dedicated and caring music teacher with over a decade of experience. He has taught students of different levels and ages, teaching both in the USA and South Korea. Sungu was invited to serve as a faculty member at the summer music festival hosted by Ulsan University. He also serves as a jury member for the Dongbaek Music Competition in South Korea, judging hundreds of young budding musicians. Sungu’s teaching contributions extend to professional arts high schools like Ulsan High School of Arts and Busan High School of Arts, where his students have excelled in competitions and gained admission to many university music programs.
He enjoys running outdoors and a good cup of coffee. With his amiable nature, Sungu is a joy to work with, making him a sought-after pianist and teacher.