Mikyung Sung

Here is the future of the double-bass.
Szymon Marciniak
She is the most expressive of all the bass soloists playing today.
Peter Lloyd
It is impossible to forget her enormous gift as a musician and instrumentalist.
Arnold Steinhardt
She is able to make the Double Bass sing in a way that fills the listener's heart with joy.
Dominic Seldis
Her virtuosic performances will take your breath away, but more importantly she is one of the most expressive musicians I've ever heard.
Geoff Chalmers
One of the greatest performances of my piece ("A Carmen Fantasy") I have ever heard.
Frank Proto
She is single handedly changing the face of bass playing throughout the world.
Dominic Seldis
Mikyung Sung is a real musician – perfect technique, sound, phrasing. So intuitive, spontaneous, but yet so much maturity and wisdom.
Szymon Marciniak
Beautiful artistry. A wonderful and virtuous player. It was a great pleasure working with Mikyung.
Yehuda Gilad
She is one of the best bass players of the young generation!! An inspiration for young bassists.
Bogusław Furtok
Experience the passion and artistry of Mikyung Sung as she explores the colors of the double bass.

Upcoming Concerts

2024

University of Guanajuato Orchestra

Date
- 8:00 pm
Location
Performers:
  • Mikyung Sung, double bass
  • University of Guanajuato Orchestra
Program:
  • Proto: A Carmen Fantasy for Double Bass and Orchestra [© Frank Proto, published by Liben Music]

Recital at Roswell Music Club

Date
- 3:30 pm
Location
Roswell River Landing, Roswell, GA
Performers:
  • Mikyung Sung, double bass
  • David Troy Francis, piano
Program:
  • Egilsson: European Memories for Solo Double Bass [© Árni Egilsson, published by Hofmeister]
  • Bottesini: Allegretto Capriccio
  • Schubert: 'Ständchen' from Schwanengesang
  • Elgar: Salut d'Amour, Op. 12
  • Massenet: Meditation from Thaïs
  • Puccini: Nessun dorma (arr. Cicely Parnas and Marnie Laird)
  • Piazzolla: Ave Maria
  • Morricone: Cinema Paradiso (arr. Harry Walker)
  • Reuben Morgan: Still
  • Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah (arranged by Brooklyn Duo)
  • Elvis Presley (after Martini): Can't Help Falling in Love (arr. Brooklyn Duo)

Musicians' Initiative Singapore

Date
- 7:30 pm
Location
Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore
Performers:
  • Mikyung Sung, double bass
  • Musicians' Initiative
  • Alvin Seville Arumugam, conductor
Program:
  • Bottesini: Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 in B Minor

Videos

Latest

Finnish Tango - Baden-Baden Potpourri - Emeth Ensemble [Life & Sharing Concert]

Bottesini Gran Duetto No. 2 with Nina DeCesare

Featured

Bottesini: Concerto No. 2 (Bradetich Competition)

Monti: Czardas (648th House Concert)

Pictures

Latest

American Record Guide review of The Colburn Sessions in March/April 2024 issue
"For the Record" feature in Strings Magazine (Jan/Feb 2024)
The Colburn Sessions
The Colburn Sessions artist portrait

About Mikyung Sung

Mikyung Sung gives some of the most fearlessly virtuosic and engaging performances heard on the double bass, most notable for her bel canto lyricism and emotional expression. She came to the attention of bassists around the world through videos of her performances while studying for her Artist Diploma at the Colburn School in Los Angeles

Since her professional debut at age 12 with the Guri Philharmonic, Mikyung has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Philharmonia Corea, Colburn Orchestra, Seongnam Philharmonic, and Atlanta Festival Youth Orchestra. She has performed at Seoul Arts Center, Lotte Concert Hall, Kumho Art Hall, the Pyeongchang Great Mountains Music Festival, Ditto Festival, Palm Springs Life Festival with Sarah Chang, Music From Angel Fire, and The House Concert series in Korea. She has also been featured on KBS Classic FM, TBS FM 95.1, and SBS radio in Korea.

Initially taught by her double-bassist father, Mikyung spent six years concertizing across South Korea as a double bass duo with her brother while studying at Korea National University of Arts, often with her mother accompanying on piano, and including several appearances on KBS television. She also won first prize in several Korean music competitions. In 2010 at age 17, she took first prize in the International J.M. Sperger Double Bass Competition in Germany as well as the audience prize and special jury prize (having placed 4th two years before). In 2015 at the ISB Competition in Colorado, she received the Thomas Martin prize for the best performance of a work by Bottesini, and second place overall. In 2017 at the Bradetich Competition in Texas she received the internet-voted prize for best finals performance and Honorable Mention overall.

In the 2018-19 season, Mikyung was a Principal Bassist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and taught at the Shanghai Orchestra Academy. Mikyung formed her Emeth Ensemble double bass quartet with several friends in 2020. In 2023, she moved to the Atlanta area in the United States with her husband and son, and her debut album, "The Colburn Sessions", recorded at The Colburn School with pianist Jaemin Shin, has been receiving glowing reviews.

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