A Bay Area native and resident, pianist Briana Ung is passionate about musical collaboration of all varieties. Whether accompanying for trombone recitals, violin masterclasses, or guitar competitions, Briana thrives on exploring repertoire as eclectic as possible. Briana has enjoyed participating in many different musical opportunities, which include playing as a featured soloist for the Biola Concerto Competition, accompanying for the Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition, the San Francisco Guitar Concerto Competition, and the California Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and performing in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Warren Jones, and Stewart Gordon. Briana is particularly enthusiastic about partnering with composers and New Music ensembles. In 2017, Briana was a recipient of the Kristin Pankonin Award, a commission designated for the collaboration between composer, singer, and pianist in the creation of new vocal music. Briana is also the music director and main pianist at Newark Community Church, where she enjoys arranging and improvising in contemporary styles.
In addition to her love for collaboration, Briana is delighted to work with young musicians, both in her private studio and her accompanist positions at Ohlone College and Fremont Christian School. Briana graduated from Biola University with a B.M. in Piano Performance under the instruction of Manami Kawamura, and her M.M. in Collaborative Piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Timothy Bach.