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Alexander Sung

Alexander Sung has been an accomplished pianist and harpsichordist for more than 30 years. A charismatic performer and teacher, he has won the devotion of both his audiences and students through his passionate yet genuine interpretation and style.

He began his music studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, under Heinz Scholz, a student of Theodor Leschetizky (Carl Czerny's own student). Alexander then moved to Vienna to study piano under Richard Hauser, a student of Emil von Sauer (Franz Lizst's own student) and harpsichord under Isolde Ahlgrimm.

Alexander Sung first captured public attention in 1971 when, at age 24, he placed fifth in the International Harpsichord Competition in Brugge, Belgium. The following year he came in fourth in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany.

After his forays in international competition, Alexander moved to United States to pursue teaching and performing. While a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond, he delighted his audiences with his music, culminating in a 1978 performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.

In 1981, Mr. Sung was recruited by Soochow University in Taiwan to improve the quality of its music department through his unique and witty teaching style. Since then, many music colleges throughout Asia have invited him as a guest lecturer and performer. Many of his students have gone on to lead outstanding careers as professional concert pianists and teachers.

Alexander Sung continues to flourish as a performer, mesmerizing audiences in Germany, Italy, Belgium, United States (New York, Virginia, Texas and California), Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China.

In addition to teaching and performing, Alexander released three recordings: Serenity for the Soul: Music of Bach, Pleasure for the Soul: Music of Mozart and Romance for the Soul: Music of Schubert.

Alexander plays two instruments – a 9 foot long Blüthner "Model 1" concert grand piano from Germany, which has a very round and warm tonal character with no sharpness, and a John Morley "Kirkmann" double manual harpsichord from England, which brings out the rich tones of Baroque era music.

Alexander Sung is fluent in English, German, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Learn more at alexandersung.com.

Alexander Sung

Stephanie Wan Hsiu Lan

A versatile performer with international experience, Stephanie Lan is an acclaimed piano soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.

She has appeared with orchestras including the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra in Vienna, the Redlands Symphony in California, and has performed numerous solo recitals and special appearances - particularly in the field of contemporary music. Stephanie has premiered and commissioned numerous modern works, and is active in the presentation of contemporary piano compositions, particularly through the International Composition Association, performing for their events in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and New York.

Stephanie is especially well regarded as an accompanist, performing with choral organizations on tours in Israel, Dubai, and other Middle East countries, as well as in Europe, Asia and North America. At the International Folk Song Competition in Barcelona, she recently placed second for her accompanying skills.

Stephanie Lan is a native of Taiwan, serves as an adjunct piano instructor at the California State University in Los Angeles, and privately teaches students throughout the Los Angeles area.

Stephanie Lan

Scott Chi-Han Chai - Pianist

Born in Taiwan, Chi-Han Chai received his first piano lesson at the age of five. After completed his undergraduate piano studies under Alexander Sung in Taipei, Mr. Chai went to Europe in 1997 further under Mrs. Wan-Ing Ong and Andrzej Ratusinski at National University for Music and Stage Performance (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst) in Stuttgart, Germany, and received his Diploma with the highest score. Later he moved to Salzburg to study under Alfons Kontarsky. In 2003 and 2004, he received "Magister der Künste"(Master of Arts) both in piano and chamber music performance at University Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria.

Mr. Chai has performed throughout Asia and Europe. As a concert pianist, he gives recitals regularly in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing as well in Stuttgart, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Amsterdam. Besides his series recitals, he has been invited to music festivals and played in various ceremonies. In 1992 he gave his debut at National Recital Hall in Taipei. During his studying, he has often accompanied for vocal and string (violin and cello) studios. In 1999, he was invited to play Mozart piano concerto in A major, KV 414, with Wasserburger Kammerorchester in Munich. Besides being a concert pianist, Mr. Chai is also active in chamber music, and has performed with many other great musicians. Between 2001and 2003 he played with cellist Simon Nagl as duo, piano trio and quartet in Salzburg and Munich; in 2004/2005 he gave concert tours with violinist Elisabeth Reiter in the Netherlands and Austria; in 2006 with soprano Esin Özsan, gave Lieder concerts "Sleep, Dream and Death" in Istanbul, Turkey and in the Netherlands; in 2006/2007, he has played with the Dutch violinist Hugo Holleman. In additions, Mr. Chai has worked with other artists. From 2003 to 2006 he played with the ballet dancers at Dance Academy of Codarts College and at Dance Works Rotterdam.

Chi-Han Chai played in 2008 and 2011 with Piano Recitals through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Taiwan. Since then the music colleges of National Taiwan Normal University and Taipei Municipal University of Education have invited him to give master classes. Chi-Han Chai is fluent in English, German, Dutch and Mandarin.

Scott Chai

I-Hui Chen

Audiences were introduced to Ms. Chen's artistic talent when she studied at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with a Master in Music, having studied under legendary piano teacher, Patricia Zander.

During her study at NEC, she was invited to play one of J. S. Bach's masterpieces, Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge d-moll BWV.903, at NEC Bach Festival Opening Night Gala. She also participated in a concert tour in the United States sponsored by Piatigorsky Foundation.

Prior to her studies in New England, Ms. Chen completed her undergraduate studies in piano performance under Alexander Sung at the Taipei National University of the Arts. Ms. Chen returned to Taiwan as a soloist to critical acclaim for her honest and direct musicality, reflecting the composer's original intentions while retaining her own creative individuality.

In addition to her role as a performer, Ms. Chen also became a dedicated teacher to young pianists and a loyal accompanist to local vocalists and musicians in Taiwan. Today Ms. Chen regularly appears in recitals, both as a soloist and as an accompanist, throughout Taiwan and the United States. She currently lives in Davis with her husband and daughter.

I-Hui Chen