Helen Sung

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.”

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”Clearly a superb jazz pianist with a splendid trail of achievements of significance as a performer, composer, and jazz educator... Helen Sung is an immense talent.” -Dr. Herb Wong, Jazz Education Journal, Volume.39 #3

“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

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