Pianist Sara Hong has appeared in recitals and concerts in the United States, Spain, South Korea, Italy, and Mexico. Her many prizes in solo piano competitions include 1st prize in the Ruth Slenczynska Competition in Madison, New Jersey (2005), Honorable Mention as a Finalist in the Steinway Society Competition in New York City (2006), and 1st prizes in the Piano Teacherís Society of America Competition in New York City (2005, 2006) which let her perform 2 years in a row at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall, NYC. She has participated in many music festivals, including Puigcerda International Music Festival, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, and Academie Internationale de Courchevel, and performed in masterclasses and various recitals.
Sara was born in Missouri, USA and began playing the piano at the age of seven with a vague goal of becoming a professional vocalist, just like her mother. When she turned 15, she finally came to a decision to be a concert pianist and is still pursuing the goal with much ambition. Sara holds a Bachelor's degree in Classical Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music where she studies with Jeffery Cohen. Currently she is continuing her graduate studies at MSM for her Master of Music degree. Her primary piano teachers have been Frank Levy, Yuri Kim, Oxana Yablonskaya, and Jeffrey Cohen. Other piano studies and intensive lessons have been with Lee Park, Richard Shirk, and Seymour Bernstein.
Ms. Sara Hong has joined the faculty of the Piano School of NYC in 2012