Praised for her “deeply reflective playing”(Indianapolis Star) and “infectious exuberance” (New York Times), Korean-American pianist Jeewon Park has garnered worldwide acclaim as a remarkably lyrical and poetic musician with dazzling technique and extensive repertoire. Equally at home in the classic and contemporary repertoire, her recent seasons have featured performances ranging from J.S. Bach’s Goldberg variations, and Schubert’s late piano sonatas to the world premieres of Earth by Aaron Jay Kernis and Voyage Out by Sebastian Currier. Critics have described her performances as “ravishing in execution, radiant in timbre”, “unadulterated commitment to music, to lift the compositions in honor” and “ultimate grandeur and sheer delight”, lauding her “warm musicality and seemingly easy virtuosity”, and “impeccable taste and skill”.
Since making her debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin’s First Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras including the KBS Orchestra, Hwa-Eum Chamber Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Monterey Symphony, and Florida Orchestra, and has performed in major venues as recitalist and chamber musician across North America, Asia and Europe.
This season, Jeewon Park celebrates her 10th year as the co-artistic director of the Performing Artists in Residence series at Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, along with her husband, cellist Edward Arron. A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Park is a founding member of the Palladium Chamber Players in residence at St. Petersburg College in Florida, and has performed at virtually all of the prestigious chamber music series and festivals in the United States, such as Caramoor, Lake Champlain, Manchester, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Spoleto USA, Tucson, Bridgehampton, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the 92nd Street Y, Maui,Taos, Norfolk, Chautauqua, Bargemusic, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Pablo Casals, and Four Seasons.
Internationally, she has been invited to perform as a soloist in the inaugural festival of The IBK Chamber Hall at the Seoul Arts Center, Seoul Spring Festival and the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea, Emilia-Romagna Festival in Italy, Music Alp in Courchevel in France, and Kusatsu Music Festival in Japan, among others. In September of 2022, Ms. Park was invited as the guest leader, pianist and curator for the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra chamber music series in Korea. She has premiered important new works by leading composers such as David Ludwig, Lisa Bielawa, Nick DiBerardino, and Paul Moravec. In January of 2021, Ms. Park’s recording of Beethoven’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano with cellist Edward Arron was released on the Aeolian Classics Record Label. She received the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award from the Classical Recording Foundation.
Ms. Park has been heard in numerous live broadcasts on National Public Radio and New York’s Classical Radio Station, WQXR. She came to the U.S. in 2002, after having won all the major competitions in Korea, most notably Joong-Ang and KBS competitions. She attended Yonsei University in Korea, The Juilliard School and Yale University, where she was awarded the prestigious Dean Horatio Parker Prize for best fulfilling Dean Parker’s lofty musical ideals. Subsequently, she earned her doctoral degree in musical arts from Stony Brook University. Her teachers include Young-Ho Kim, Herbert Stessin, Claude Frank and Gilbert Kalish. A dedicated teacher, she served on piano faculty at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has given master classes at Swarthmore College, Williams College, University of Washington, and University of South Carolina, among others. Ms. Park performs on Steinway pianos provided through the courtesy of Steinway and Sons in New York. She is an avid gardener and an interior design enthusiast. She volunteers for The Guiding Eyes for the Blind as a puppy raiser. Ms. Park currently lives in Amherst, MA with her family, and their sock-stealing Labrador retriever.
‘영혼을 울리는 연주’, ‘역동적이고도 지적인 연주’로 호평을 받은 피아니스트 박지원은 빛나는 기교와 서정적인 음악성을 바탕으로 청중들로부터 큰 주목을 받으며 뉴욕을 기점으로 미국 전역 무대에서 활동하고 있다. 코리안 심포니, KBS교향악단, 찰스톤 심포니, 멕시코 국립교향악단, 몬테레이 심포니, 화음챔버오케스트라, 연세신포니에타, 세종솔로이스츠 등과 협연하였고, 카네기홀, 링컨센터, 머킨홀, 스타인웨이홀, 메트로폴리탄 박물관, 필라델피아 예술박물관 등의 주요 공연장에서 공연하였다. 2007년에는 ‘떠오르는 신인’으로 선정되어 뉴욕의 Caramoor 국제음악제에 초청되었다. 대관령, Seattle, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Lake Champlain, Emilia-Romagna, Kusatsu 등 페스티발을 비롯, 브룩클린 선상음악회, 뉴욕필하모닉, 메트로폴리탄 오페라 시리즈 등에 정기적으로 초청되어 연주하고 있다. 또한 Guarneri, Juilliard, Tokyo, Brentano, Vermeer 등의 유수의 현악사중주단과 공연하였다. 그녀는 중앙음악콩쿨, KBS 신인음악콩쿨을 비롯한 국내 모든 정상급 콩쿨을 석권하였고, 선화예중고, 연세대 수석입학, 졸업 후 2002년 장학생으로 도미하여 줄리어드 음악원 석사, 예일대 아티스트 디플로마 (졸업시 최고영예상인 Horatio Parker 학장상 수상), 뉴욕주립대에서 박사 학위를 취득하였다. 김영호, 허버트 스테씬, 클로드 프랭크, 길버트 캘리쉬 사사. 현재 매사추세츠 주립대 음대에서 Artist-in-Residence로 학생들을 지도하고 있다.