Besides winning the first prize at the International George Enescu Cello Competition 2014 in Bucharest, Eun-Sun Hong has won top prizes at numerous renowned International Competitions, such as the Penderecki Cello Competition 2013 in Krakow (2nd prize), the Gaspar Cassado Cello Competition 2006 (3rd prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians 2004 (2nd prize). She has also been awarded “El Primer Palau 2006” by the historical concert hall of Barcelona, Palau de la Música Catalana. In 2007, Eun-Sun Hong was awarded the Ingrid zu Solms Kulturpreis by the Countess Ingrid zu Solms-Wildenfels during the Kronberg Festival.
Eun-Sun Hong gave her first public recital at the age of thirteen at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul and since her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, she has given recitals and concerts throughout Europe, Korea and Japan. She has performed as soloist with international orchestras, such as the Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice di Venezia, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Andorra, the Korean Chamber Orchestra and the Minsk Chamber Orchestra, to name few of them.
She has given concerts in such prestigious concert venues as Konzerthaus in Berlin, Musikverein Wien, Victoria Hall in Geneve, Wigmore Hall in London, Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Lotte Concert Hall, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Hall and Seoul Arts Center. She has performed at such international festivals as the Ravello Festival in Italy, Moritzburg Festival, Kronberg Festival in Germany, PyeongChang (Great Mountains) Music Festival in Korea, Casals Festival in Spain and “Open Chamber Music” Festival in Prussia Cove, England. In 2015, Eun-Sun Hong has world-premiered Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki’s “Ciaccona for six cellos” with Frans Helmerson and Truls Mørk among others at the Kronberg Festival in Germany.
Born in Seoul in 1989, Eun-Sun Hong started to play the cello when she was nine years old. She was taught by Myung-Wha Chung in Seoul and by Lluis Claret in Barcelona at the Escola Municipal de Música Victoria dels Angels and has completed her Bachelor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and Master and Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, both studying with Frans Helmerson.
Her live performance of the “Improvisation” by Alfred Schnittke during the Kronberg Cello Festival has been released on the CD “Celebrating Slava!” in remembrance of Mstislav Rostropovich by the German label Günter Hänssler in 2008.
Eun-Sun Hong plays on a cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore (1710).