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February Musical Artist of the Month – Dr. Irwin Shung

Dr. Irwin Shung, whose playing has been praised by State Magazine for its “ease, technique, and musicianship,” has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  Shung teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Resonance Masters’ Series near Seattle, Washington.  Currently in his second year as President of the Northeast Ohio Music Teachers Association, Shung’s leadership over the organization has seen the development of dynamic new programs for hundreds of regional precollegiate music students.

Shung received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in January, 2015, where he studied with Dr. Daniel Shapiro. He has also received instruction on piano from distinguished teachers such as Marian Hahn (Peabody Conservatory), Leon Fleisher (Peabody Conservatory), Herbert Stessin (Julliard School), Gabriel Chodos (New England Conservatory), and Victoria Bogdashevskaya (Moscow Conservatory). Awards received include the Pauline Favin Memorial Award from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and prizes in the Darius Milhaud Competition as well as the Young Artist International Piano Competition.

Shung serves as piano faculty at the Notre Dame College in Cleveland.  Appearances in 2023-24 include workshops and concerts in Bellevue, WA; Victoria, British Columbia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore, and numerous cities in Ohio.  His complete recording of the first book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier is available online, with the second book and the Goldberg Variations currently in-progress.  Current projects include a the construction of a chamber recording studio at the Artist House in South Euclid, as well Crescendo Cleveland, a summer music program for young musicians.




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