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Judy Hung Baroque Classical Musicians

Judy Hung is one of the very few musicians I know who can play both parts of the Franck violin sonata.” – Michael Gurt, Gold medalist of Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in 1982 & Professor at LSU

Canadian and Taiwanese pianist and violinist Judy Hung has appeared as soloist with the Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble, National Sun Yat-sen University Orchestra, Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, McGill Baroque Orchestra, and Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra. She is the winner of the Taiwan Violin Competition, Kaohsiung Violin Competition, Syracuse University Piano Concerto Competition, and Sewanee International Music Festival Chamber Music Competition.

She has performed as a modern and historical violinist and violist with Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Caprice, Les Idées Heureuses, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Utica Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra. She has worked as a principal pianist with Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and LSU Wind Ensemble.

An experienced collaborative pianist, she has worked at music departments at McGill University, Marianopolis College, Syracuse University, Louisiana State University, San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division, Syracuse University Opera Workshop, and the Le Moyne College Music Theatre. As a church musician, she has worked as an organist and pianist for Grace Episcopal Church and St. Peters Episcopal Church in Syracuse, NY; University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA; and Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco, CA. Currently she is the music director at Valois United Church in Pointe-Claire, QC.

She has performed new music for the National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA), Society for New Music, LSU Contemporary Music Festival, and Syracuse University Composer in Residence Series, and she has worked with composers including Steven Stucky, John Harbison, Liduino Pitombeira, Michael Daugherty, and Herbert Owen Reed. In the meantime, she continues to perform historical instruments including Baroque violin and viola, clavichord, harpsichord, fortepiano and organ. In the summers, she has performed at the Moscow Summer Music Festival, Heber Spring Chamber Music Festival, Round-Top Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and Early Music Vancouver.

She has written reviews and articles for Canadian Viola Society and Zi Zhu Diao (紫竹調, Taiwanese music journal); her doctoral dissertation “The Violin Sonata of Amy Beach” has been published by the Louisiana State University ETD Collection. In 2014, she worked with film director Gregory B. Gallagher and has appeared in the sound track of CBC’s documentary “Legends of Magdalen.”

As an orchestral conductor, Judy has conducted the LSU Philharmonic Orchestra, LSU Symphony Orchestra, Sewanee Repertory Orchestra, Tainan University Symphony Orchestra, Kaohsiung Youth Symphony Orchestra and Wu-fu Junior High School Choir.

Currently she is on the faculty at McGill Conservatory of Music; she also teaches at her studios in Pointe-Claire and Vaudreuil-Dorion. She has taught the viola sectionals at Lindsay Place High School and the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has given masterclasses and lecture recitals at over 50 schools and colleges in Asia & North America including Syracuse University, LSU, National Dong-Hua University and Wu-Ling High School in Taiwan.

Judy Hung holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance with Orchestral Conducting minor from Louisiana State University, and has completed Master’s degrees in Violin, Piano and Early Music Performance respectively from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Syracuse University and McGill University. She is a recipient of McGill University’s Provost’s Fellowship, Syracuse University’s Piano Excellence Award & the Research and Creative Grant, Louisiana Music Awards, and Yamaha Music Awards. She is also an honorary member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honorary Membership and the Phi Tau Phi Honorary Membership.

Her principal teachers include Camilla Wicks, Kevork Mardirossian, Wen-liang Yiu (violin); Chantal Rémillard (Baroque violin); Jerzy Kosmala (viola); Michael Gurt, Steven Heyman, Pang-an Chen (solo & collaborative piano); Laurette Goldberg (harpsichord/fortepiano); Bonnie Choi (harpsichord); Herndon Spillman, Kola Owolabi (organ); Patti Thompson (voice); Jingdong Cai, Julian Shew, Yen-cheng Yu (orchestral conducting); and Joseph Downing (composition). She has worked in masterclasses and coachings with Yfrah Neaman, Aaron Rosand, Jacques Israelievitch, Daniel Nalesso, Charles Pikler, Zoya Leybin, Gerard Poulet, Xue Wei (薛偉), Carmel Kaine, Jorja Fleezanis, Edward Grach, Lina Yu (俞麗拿), Max van Egmond, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Marilyn McDonald, Marc Destrube, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Tom Beghin, Hélène Plouffe, Hank Knox, Geneviève Soly, Alexander Mickelthwate, Gerhard Samuel, Jacques Ogg, Lisa Goode Crawford, Webb Wiggins, Barbara Weiss, Ann Schein, Anne Epperson, Phillip Moll, James Dunham, and members from the Shostakovich String Quartet, Cassatt String Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Audubon String Quartet.