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Sun-A Park

Korean American pianist Sun-A Park is quickly establishing herself as one of the exciting pianists of her generation. Hailed as “an incredible pianist” by the great pianist Martha Argerich, Ms. Park has received international recognition in several competitions including second prize and the Rosa Sabater award for best interpretation of Spanish music at the 2019 Jaén International Piano Competition (Spain), first prize at the 2018 Olga and Serge Koussevitzky Young Artists Awards, and prizes at the 5th International Sendai Music Competition (Japan), the 58th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Italy), and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.

 

Ms. Park’s 2019 season highlights include appearances at the Kennedy Center, recitals in Catholic University of America, Musicians Club of New York, and Horowitz Piano Recital Series at Yale University. In May, she was a featured soloist with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (Spain) performing the Liszt Concerto No. 1. Additional concerto engagements included performances with the Yale Philharmonia and Sendai City Orchestra (Japan), Houston Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Albany Symphony, San Marino Republic Orchestra, Orchester Haydn (Italy), Hannover Hochschulorchester (Germany), and Symphonic Orchestra of Castilla y León (Spain) under the direction of such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Eiji Oue, Arthur Hagen, Krzysztof Urbanski, and Alastair Willis.

 

Ms. Park is an enthusiastic recitalist, soloist, and a chamber musician. In 2015, she formed the piano “Duo Amadeae” with her sister, pianist Esther Park. Together, they have performed in the United States, Germany, and South Korea. They are the winners of first prize at the International Chicago Duo Piano Competition, and frequently gives piano duo masterclasses at East Tennessee State University, Smith College, and Yale University. Her collaboration includes not only the standard chamber music repertoire, but also with percussion ensembles and most recently a theremin and piano recital at the Strathmore Hall with the world’s foremost theremin player, Carolina Eyck. As a period-keyboard music lover, Sun-A has performed in fortepiano masterclasses with fortepianists Alexander Lubimov and Kristian Bezuidenhout at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments. Her most recent performance on the fortepiano included the first performance of the Mendelssohn viola sonata on period instruments at the Peabody Institute.

 

Ms. Park was born in Busan, South Korea and grew up in New Jersey. She began to play the piano at the age of four and later studied with Seymour Bernstein of New York University. Mr. Park enrolled at the Juilliard School at the age of nine in the Pre-College Division and went on to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies at Juilliard with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio. In 2014, Ms. Park completed the prestigious Soloklasse Programm in Hannover, Germany with Bernd Goetzke. She received the Elizabeth Parisot Piano Award for the most outstanding pianist at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Boris Berman from 2014-2017. Ms. Park is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Her recording of early keyboard sonatas by Muzio Clementi is released under the Naxos label in July 2019.

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