Cecilia Sakong

Cecilia Sakong

Pianist, Cecilia Sakong was born in Iowa, U.S.A. She moved to South Korea and began her formal musical training at the age of twelve. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Business at Seoul National University. She moved back to the States for her master’s degree in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Dr. Enrico Elisi. After earning her doctoral degree in Piano Performance at the Pennsylvania State University on a full scholarship as a teaching assistant, she continues her musicianship through Professional Performance Certificate at Penn State under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Guzman.

Having received top prizes in international and local competitions, she has been named the prize-winner of West Virginia International Competition, Colorado International Piano Academy Competition, the Marian Garcia International Piano Competition, The American Prize, Penn State University Concerto Competition, and more. Also, she has been pleased to introduce a woman composer, Fanny Mendelssohn, and her recently discovered piece, Das Jahr and to be awarded first prize at Graduate Exhibition at Penn State.

Besides that, she has been recognized as an active soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center, and Eisenhower Concert Hall. She recently worked at Honors Music Institute at Penn State as an accompanist.

You can find Cecilia’s 2022 Contemporary Music Competition piano performance here.