J.S. Bach: Complete Works for Violin and Keyboard will be presented on the SUNY Fredonia campus in two concerts this week. The events are free in the Rosch Recital Hall Wednesday and Thursday starting at 8 p.m. and will feature Janet Sung on violin and Father Sean Duggan on piano
Janet Sung enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, praised for her exquisite tone and impassioned, bravura performances. Since her orchestral debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at age 9, she has performed with leading orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Recent seasons has seen her as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, As-pen Festival Chamber Sym-phony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, South Korea's Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany's Stelz-en Festival Orchestra, Rus-sia's Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Bashkortostan, and the orch-estras of Hartford, Delaware, Boise, Bozeman, Corpus Christi, Dubuque, Fargo-Moorhead, Springfield, Ta-coma, and Wyoming, among many others across the U.S.
Her solo performances have been regularly aired on radio and television, both in the United States and abroad, including multiple performances of the Korngold Violin Concerto heard on NPR's "Performance Today."
Guest violinist Janet Sung will join piano professor Father Sean Duggan for J.S. Bach’s Complete Works for Violin and Keyboard Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the Rosch Recital Hall.
Sung was born in New York City, beginning her violin studies at age seven. At age nine, she began a decade of private studies with renowned violinist, Josef Gingold, a period that overlapped with her attendance at Harvard University, from which she graduated with honors earning a double degree in anthropology and music. Sung was subsequently invited to study on a full scholarship with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. Other influential teachers include Masao Kawasaki, David Cerone, Eugene Phillips and the Juilliard String Quartet.
Sung is a highly sought after artist-teacher and regularly conducts master classes at major conservatories throughout the country. Currently Chair of Strings and Associate Professor of Violin at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, she also serves as assistant faculty at The Juilliard School, initially as the Starling/Delay Institute Fellow, and was formerly on the faculty of the SUNY Fredonia School of Music. Ms. Sung was a Clifton Visiting Artist at Harvard University for the "Learning from Performers" program.
Sung plays a c.1600 Maggini violin crafted in Brescia, Italy.
Sean Duggan, OSB, pianist, is a monk of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, La. He obtained his music degrees from Loyola Univer-sity in New Orleans and Carnegie Mellon University, and received a master's degree in theology from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. From 1988 to 2001 he taught music, Latin and religion at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana and was director of music and organist at St. Joseph Abbey.
In September 1983 he won first prize in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition for Pianists in Washington, D.C., and again in August 1991. Having a special affinity for the music of Bach, in 2000 he performed the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard works eight times in various American and European cities. For seven years he hosted a weekly program on the New Orleans NPR station entitled "Bach on Sunday." He is presently in the midst of recording the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard (piano) music which will comprise 24 CDs.
Before he joined the Benedictine order he was pianist and assistant chorus master for the Pittsburgh Opera Company for three years. He has performed with many orchestras including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Leipzig Baroque Soloists, The Prague Chamber Orchestra, The American Chamber Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. From 2001 to 2004 he was a visiting professor of piano at the University of Michigan. Currently he is associate professor of piano at SUNY Fredonia. During the fall semester of 2008 he was also a guest professor of piano at Eastman School of Music. He has been a guest artist and adjudicator at the Chautauqua Institution for several summers, and is also a faculty member of the Golandsky Institute at Princeton, N.J.
He continues to study the Taubman approach with Edna Golandsky in New York City.
For a complete list of upcoming events, visit www.fredonia.edu/music