Park, Esther

PARK, Esther

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Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as Asia and major European cities. She has appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, Corpus Christi Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska (Poland), Orchestra Filarmonica (Romania), Shanghai Philharmonic (China), Shreveport Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony.

Ms. Park gave a five-city recital tour in Korea, and has performed in New York City at the Juilliard Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She has also performed at Salle Cortot in Paris, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and on the Kum-Ho Music Sciety’s Prodigy Series. She has appeared at the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara), the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, the Tel-Hai International Music Festival in Israel, and the Van Cliburn-TCU Institute in Texas.

Ms. Park is the winner of the Jose Roca International Piano Competition, the Russian International Music Competition, the “Prix Amadeo”, and the Chopin Gesellschaft Klavierwettbewerb. She also received top prizes at the 3rd San Marino International Piano Competition, the 3rd China Shanghai International Piano Competition, the 6th Paderewski International Piano Competition, the National Chopin Competition (USA), Hilton Head International Competition, the 14th New Orleans International Piano Competition, and is the recipient of the President Clinton’s Prodigy Award.

Born in Pusan, Korea in 1984, Ms. Park began to play in public soon after her first piano lessons at the age of four. She moved to the United States in 1995, after being accepted to the Juilliard School’s Pre-College division. She has completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School. She has also studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Hannover, and has received the Artist Diploma and Master of Musical Arts degrees at the Yale School of Music.

Franz Josef Haydn Sonata in B-flat Major, Hob. XVI:41
  Allegro di molto
Sergei Prokofiev Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, op. 14
  Allegro ma non troppo
  Scherzo – Allegro marcato
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, op. 27, no. 1
  Andante – Allegro
  Allegro molto e vivace
  Adagio con espressione
  Allegro vivace
Béla Bartók Out of Doors (1926)
  With Drums and Pipes
  Musiques Nocturnes
  The Chase
Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat Major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in D Major, K. 576
Maurice Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales
Sergei Rachmaninoff Moments musicaux, op. 16
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23