Hailed by the Australian Daily Telegraph as a “viola prodigy,” Lisa Sung is a laureate of international competitions including the 2016 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, the 2017 Manhattan International Music Competition, the 2019 Vienna International Music Competition, and the 2013 Gisborne International Music Competition, amongst others. 

Lisa has appeared as a concerto soloist at the Sydney Opera House playing the Bartók Concerto, and has played live on WQXR, Medici TV and Sydney radio broadcasts. Currently the associate principal violist of Symphony in C, she is a guest musician with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, she has performed alongside world-renowned artists including Catherine Cho, Mark Kaplan, Joel Krosnick, Joseph Lin, and Paul Neubauer. Her festival appearances include the Verbier Festival Academy, Music@Menlo International Program, Perlman Chamber Workshop, Taos School of Music, Lac Léman Music Masterclass, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and IMS Prussia Cove.

Her notable accomplishments and recognitions aside, Lisa is most proud of her performances benefitting those in need. Starting at the age of six, she has played in community venues all over her hometown of Sydney, Australia, giving over 300 voluntary community engagement performances in nursing homes and hospitals. Her work in these settings later expanded to trips to the Philippines, France, Italy, Germany, and Korea. She further continued her passion for community engagement through the Gluck Fellowship program at Juilliard, and as a guest artist at the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach in 2019, where she worked with elementary and high school students, and next month she will be working with students at Music@Menlo Winter Residency.

During COVID in 2020-21, Lisa returned to Sydney where she spent most of her time teaching young students privately and online to students in the United States. She was a music tutor at the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and at private schools including her alma mater MLC School, the King's School and at Abbotsleigh School. 

Lisa earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Paul Neubauer and Cynthia Phelps. She was a proud recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship, and served as a principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra.

She is currently pursuing her Graduate Diploma degree at the New England Conservatory as a recipient of a Dean's Scholarship under the tutelage of Kim Kashkashian. Her previous mentors include Alex Todicescu and Tobias Breider. 




Last edited Feb 2022

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