Benjamin Sung

Assistant Professor of Violin at Florida State University, violinist Benjamin Sung is also concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, a faculty member of the Brevard Music Center, and a roster artist for Florida Arts on Tour.  Recent concert highlights include the 2013 Brevard Music Festival; XIII Festival y Academia del Nuevo Mundo in Maracaibo, Venezuela; the Cuban premiere of the Schnittke Concerto Grosso No. 1 and the Estaciones Portenas by Piazzolla; and a collaboration with the James Sewell Ballet for the opening of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. His 2014-15 calendar includes recitals and masterclasses at the University of Miami, Framingham State University, and Wilfrid Laurier University; the Brevard Music Festival, Festival Nuevo Mundo in Aruba, and Festival Virtuosi in Recife, Brazil; and a TEDx talk for TEDx Fargo.

Sung has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Camerata Romeu of Havana, Cuba, the Virtuosi of Festival Internacionale de Musica in Recife, Brazil, and the National Repertory Orchestra.  He is equally in demand as a chamber musician, having shared the stage with great performers including pianist Monique Duphil, and cellists Antonio Meneses and Marcio Carneiro.  He is a past winner of the Starling Award of the Eastman School of Music and the Violin Fellowship of the Montgomery Symphony, and an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant.

An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Sung has recorded the music of composers Steve Rouse and Marc Satterwhite for Centaur Records, has performed and taught for Studio 2021 at Seoul National University, and has worked with many of the greatest composers of this generation, including John Adams, Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, and Helmut Lachenmann.  He recently released an album of new American works entitled FluxFlummoxed on Albany Records, a recording that Fanfare Magazine calls "a brilliant performance of four superb works" with "impeccalbe intonation and tone production."

Sung holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Oleh Krysa, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, from the studio of Nelli Shkolnikova. Sung also studied at the Professional Training Program at Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne Festival Academy, the New York String Seminar, and the Chamber Music Residency at The Banff Centre. Benjamin lives with his wife Jihye and son Aiden in Tallahassee, Florida, where he enjoys running, chasing Aiden around the yard, and everything that comes out of Jihye’s kitchen.