Eun-Sun Hong

Eun-Sun Hong was born in Seoul in 1989 and started to play the cello when she was nine years old. She was taught by Myung-Wha Chung in Seoul and by Lluis Claret at the Escola Municipal de Música Victoria dels Angels in Barcelona from 2005 to 2008 and, since 2008 is studying with Frans Helmerson… Read more »

Eun-Sun Hong was born in Seoul in 1989 and started to play the cello when she was nine years old. She was taught by Myung-Wha Chung in Seoul and by Lluis Claret at the Escola Municipal de Música Victoria dels Angels in Barcelona from 2005 to 2008 and, since 2008 is studying with Frans Helmerson at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (2008-2012) and Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin (2012-), where she is completing her Konzertexamen.

In September 2014, Eun-Sun Hong won the Grand Prix at the prestigious International George Enescu Cello Competition in Bucharest. Besides that, she has been top prizewinner at numerous renowned International Competitions, such as the Penderecki Cello Competition in Krakow, Poland in 2013 (2nd prize), the Gaspar Cassado Cello Competition in 2006 (3rd prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in 2004 (2nd prize). She has also been a prizewinner of “El Primer Palau 2006” of the renowned concert hall, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. In 2007, Eun-Sun Hong was awarded the Ingrid zu Solms Kulturpreis by the Countess Ingrid zu Solms-Wildenfels during the Kronberg Academy Cello Festival.

Eun-Sun Hong gave her first public recital at the age of 13 at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul and since her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, she has given many recitals and concerts throughout Europe, Korea and Japan. She has performed as soloist with numerous international orchestras, such as the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice di Venezia, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Andorra, the Korean Chamber Orchestra and the Minsk Chamber Orchestra, to name few of them. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman and Irena Grafenauer among others. In September 2015, she has world-premiered Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Ciaccona for six cellos” with Frans Helmerson and Truls Mørk among others at the Kronberg Academy Festival in Germany.

Eun-Sun Hong has given concerts in such prestigious concert venues as Konzerthaus in Berlin, Victoria Hall in Geneve, Wigmore Hall in London, Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Théâtre des Champs-É lysées in Paris, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Hall and Seoul Arts Center. She has performed at such internatinoal festivals as the Ravello Festival in Italy, Casals Festival in El Vendrell, Piatigorsky Cello Festival in Los Angeles, Kronberg Cello Festival in Germany, Seiji Ozawa Academy in Switzerland, Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea, Festival de Musica Joan Brudieu in Spain and „Open Chamber Music“ Festival in Prussia Cove, England. Her live performance of Schnittke’s Improvisation has been released on the CD “Celebrating Slava!” in remembrance of Mstislav Rostropovich by the German label Günter Hänssler in 2008.


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