Sunghwan Suk, S. Korea, began studying piano at the age of nineteen. He went to GMPS (Gracias Music Preparatory School) in Korea, studied with Tsoy Ilich Alexander. During the first 3 years, he made an enormous improvement, graduating with compliments in prizes including the founder of the school and the former Minister of Korean Culture and Art. After graduation, he went to New York as a college student, studying in Gracias Music at Mahanaim, Huntington with Professor Anastasia Dedik and Gerald Robbins. He participated in many masterclasses by the well-known professors from Manhattan School of Music including Gerald Robbins, Igor Lebedev – vice president at St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, Arnulf von Arnim – Professor at Munich Musik Hochschule in Germany, and others.
He has been a prize winner of many national and international piano competitions. Grandprize Virtuoso International Competition(1st prize, 2018 Vienna), Golden Classical Music Award International Competition(1st Prize, 2018 New York), Imka International Competition(1st prize, 2018), Mozart International Competition in Korea(1st prize, 2016 S.Korea), Metropolitan International Piano Competition(Special prize, 2013 New York), and prize winner at many International and national competitions.
Sunghwan has appeared on concert stages at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in N.Y, Mason Hall at Baruch college, Tilles center at LIU in N.Y., Baek-un Art Hall, Cheon-Ahn Art Center, Haeundae in Busan, and Seoul City Hall. He has performed in many countries and cities including NY, LA, Mexico, Germany, Korea, India, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Benin, Togo, Cameroon, Tanzania, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya. He has collaborated with prominent musicians, such as Igor Lebedev (Piano Duo), Mikhail Benedictov, and Boris Abalyan conducting the Gracias Orchestra. He also performed as the accompanist with flutist Paul-Edmund Davies at his masterclass in N.Y. (2013).
Sunghwan Suk has been studying with pianist Choongmo Kang since 2015.