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Christopher Park
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Christopher Park, piano

Biography

Christopher Park is a pianist who captivates with his fascinating technical mastery, astounding musical maturity, and a particularly intense performance style” – this was the explanation given by the jury by the Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival upon awarding Christopher Park the Leonard Bernstein Award in 2014, joining the ranks of noteworthy former recipients such as Lang Lang, Lisa Batiashvili, and Alisa Weilerstein, all of whom received this honor at the beginning of their careers.

Christopher Park, born in Bamberg, Germany of German-Korean heritage, has performed with many renowned orchestras around the world including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, North German Radio (NDR) Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, Spanish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, China NCPA Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bamberg Symphony, to name but a few and worked with such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvi, Sebastian Weigle, Ion Marin, Paul Daniel, Kerri-Lynn Wilson, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Dmitri Kitaenko. He has given concerts throughout Europe, China, South Korea, and South Africa and performed at many music festivals including the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Quincena Musical de San Sebastián and the Burgos International Music Festival. In November 2014, Christopher Park stood in for Emanuel Ax to great success with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, only a few months after his widely celebrated début in Hamburg.

During the 2016-2017 concert season, Christopher Park was chosen “Rising Star” by the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) which presented his debuts in Europe’s most prestigious concert halls in London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Vienna, Stockholm, Barcelona, Budapest, Lisbon among others.

Concerts during the 2018-19 season include appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, WDR Symphonieorchester, Singapore Symphony, Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Wellington Symphony, and the National Philharmonic of the Ukraine in addition to recitals at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Ravinia Festival.

Alongside his engagements as a soloist, Mr. Park is also a passionate chamber musician. He made his chamber music début in the Brahms Saal of the Vienna Musikverein in 2014 with the Küchl Quartet, which comprises members of the Vienna Philharmonic, after which the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra nominated him as their candidate for the Credit-Suisse Award. He has also performed with Avi Avital, Richard O’Neill, Leticia Moreno, Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas, and the Pavel Haas Quartet; and accompanied singers including Sumi Jo. He has collaborated with the choreographer John Neumeier on various projects such as Stravinsky’s Petrushka Variations, Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Mr. Park has made several recordings including an all-Liszt album and a Russian Transcriptions album of works by Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev both for Deutsche Grammophon. Other CDs include his highly praised recording of Schumann, Stravinsky, and Neuwirth for the Oehms Classics label of which Gramophone magazine called him “definitely one to watch,” and a piano and cello album with Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas under the Sole Recording label. An all-Schumann CD of solo piano works, along with a CD of works for piano and orchestra by Schubert/Liszt and Brahms with the Elbphilharmonie Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, will be released in 2019.

Christopher Park was influenced by two major musical traditions during his studies during his studies at the University of Music in Frankfurt, Germany: the Russian school of Lev Oborin with Lev Natochenny as well as the German school of Wilhelm Kempff with Joachim Volkmann.

Website: https://www.christopher-park.com/

December 2018. Please discard any previously dated materials.