Max Sung, M.D., 63
New York, New York
United States

In the early ’70s, Max Sung was the beneficiary of a German Academic Exchange Fellowship to study piano with Helmut Roloff at the College of Music and Dramatic Arts in Berlin, Germany. However, the call of medicine was too strong, and he left after one year to pursue premedical and medical studies at Harvard University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since completing fellowships in hematology and medical oncology, Dr. Sung has been in full-time practice as a physician. He has continued playing the piano as much as his schedule allows and finds participating in amateur piano competitions stimulating. He was a semifinalist in the Chopin, Berlin, and Boston amateur competitions and a finalist in the Washington, D.C. amateur competition. A lifelong learner, Dr. Sung enjoys studying different cultures around the world.


Preliminary Round
BACH   Prelude and Fugue in D Major, WTC II, BWV 874
SCHUBERT-LISZT   Gretchen am Spinnrade 

Quarterfinal Round
BACH   Prelude and Fugue in A-flat Major, WTC I, BWV 862
SCHUMANN  “In der Nacht” from Fantasiestücke, op. 12
BRAHMS   Intermezzo in E Major, op. 116, no. 4
SCHOENBERG   Klavierstück, op. 33b
DEBUSSY   “Poissons d’or” from Images, Book II 

Semifinal Round
BEETHOVEN   Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, op. 81a (“Les adieux”)
CHOPIN   Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major, op. 61 

Final Round
SAINT-SAËNS   Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22: I. Andante sostenuto