Primary Instrument: Piano
Pianist/composer Helen Sung has spent most of her life in two distinct worlds. A classical student from a young age who transitioned to jazz in her early twenties, she understands the limitless range and potential of the piano in a way that few specialists in either genre can. In addition, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Sung embodies two diverse cultures and has discovered a musical voice and identity that are true to both - and more importantly, true to herself.
Sung was born in Houston, Texas. She began playing classical piano at age five, studying for most of her youth with a teacher who took a very narrow and hard-line approach. She didn't want me to listen to anything except classical music, Sung recalls. It was her way or the highway....
Source: John Bruening
pianist Helen Sung, whose thoughtful, crystalline solos wowed the Lincoln Center crowd. -Jamie Katz, VIBE.com
quietly astonishing... She is a musician of serious promise. -John Fidler, All About Jazz
excellent, high-octane release...Sung's singing lines and bright, crisp sound come shining thru as fleet and fine as Phineas Newborn. Whatever tune she plays... becomes her own thing. -Owen McNally, Hartford Courant
“It’s in-the-pocket piano trio jazz that convincingly swings and sways...” -John Ephland, Downbeat