Alpin Hong - Friday, April 20, 2012
During two whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe, Alpin Hong has earned the reputation as a modern day Pied Piper. His combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet.
The New York Times lauded his "crystalline energy...clear and persuasive ideas...and remarkable breadth of coloration" and called him "a pianistic firebrand" in a review of his standing-room only New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. In July 2005, Gramophone magazine declared Alpin Hong's first CD (works of Scarlatti, Johannes Brahms, Debussy and Igor Stravinsky on MSR Classics) "a debut that enhances this young pianist's reputation," in particular praising his "strong finger-work and keen ear for voice-leading." The release of his second album in January 2007, Friend Taskmaster Teacher, sold out of its first run within a matter of weeks and garnered critical acclaim.