Ms. Paik seemed every bit the major talent her advance billing
-- The New York Times
HaeSun Paik has performed throughout the world following her
triumphs at major international piano competitions including
a gold medal in the 1989 William Kapell International Competition,
a silver medal in the 1991 Queen Elisabeth International piano
Competition and bronze medal in the 1994 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
as well as a prize in the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition.
Ms. Paik has received critical acclaim for her "sublime
musicianship" and "stunning virtuosity." Following
her New York recital debut, The New York Times stated: "in
programming as well as performance, one could hardly have asked
more from a debut recital. Ms. Paik seemed every bit the major
talent her advanced billing suggested." Following her Los
Angeles debut in the Wilshire Ebell Theater critics noted that,
"she was a sensitive and thinking musician first and an
awesome technician second."
Ms. Paik has appeared with leading orchestras including the
Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra,
the London Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra ,the
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the KBS Symphony Orchestra, the
Korean Symphony Orchestra, The National Symphony of Belgium,
the city of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic
and the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to
concerto performances, she has appeared frequently
in recital including New York's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln
Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. ,Bank of Boston
Celebrity Series in Jordan Hall, Boston and also in the concert
halls around the world including cities of Belgium, Germany,
Luxemburg ,Italy ,France ,Switzerland, England, Russia, Rumania,
Argentina, Chile, Japan and Korea.
Recent seasons have included a Performance with France National
Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, ,a concert
tour in Japan with NHK Symphony Orchestra, recital tours in
Korea and on the 100international Pianists series in Japan.
She has continued to appear in music festivals
throughout the United States and abroad including Monadnock
Music Festival, Munich's Beethoven Festivalin Germany, and
Radio France Festival, Monpellier Festival, Courchevel Music
Festival in France.
Her 2004's concert engagements include solo appearances with
Osaka Century Orchestra in Japan, a duo concert tour with
the cellist Mischa Maisky in Korea , recitals in France, South
America, among others.
Ms. Paik exclusively records for EMI Korea since1997 and her
first recording, which has been released internationally by
EMI Debut Series, received critical acclaim.Her third recording
of all Liszt program was released in Nov. 2003.
As a child, HaeSun Paik demonstrated unmistakable musical
talent and began piano lessons
in her native Korea at the age of 4. She is a graduate of
New England Conservatory where she was a student of Russell
Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun. She was also invited by the prestigious
international piano Foundation in Lake Como (Italy), to work
with many distinguished international artists. Currently Ms.
Paik divides her time between the U. S. and Korea where she
teaches at the Seoul National University.
American pianist Robert McDonald has performed throughout the
United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East both
as solo recitalist and as recital partner to Midori, Isaac Stern,
and many others. He has appeared with the San Francisco, Baltimore,
Milwaukee, Omaha, and Curtis symphony orchestras, with the Orquesta
Nacional in Costa Rica, and with the Orchestra Sinfonica Haydn
di Bolzano e Trento in Italy. As a chamber musician, he has
also performed with the Juilliard, American, Takacs, Muir, Brentano,
Fine Arts, Vermeer, and Chicago string quartets, as well as
with Musicians from Marlboro. In addition, he has given concerts
for the Lincoln Center
Chamber Music Society, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, NHK and
BBC television worldwide.
A former faculty member at the North Carolina
School of the Arts, Oberlin, and the Peabody Conservatory,
Mr. McDonald is currently on the piano faculty of The Juilliard
School and also gives classes regularly at the Glenn Gould
Professional School in Toronto. For the past twenty-three
summers, he has directed the keyboard program at the Taos
School of Music and Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico.
Other summer teaching and festival activities include the
Bergen, Besancon, Lucerne, Montreux, Salzburg, Aldeburgh and
Schleswig-Holstein festivals in Europe, as well as the Marlboro,
Brevard and Caramoor festivals in the United States, and the
International School for Musical Arts in Canada. He also gives
piano and chamber music master classes at prominent universities
and music schools in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Korea.
His discography includes recordings for Sony Classical,
Vox, Bridge, Musical Heritage Society, and CRI. Mr. McDonald's
most recent releases are a recording with violist Helen Callus
for ASV, and an album of French sonata repertoire with Midori
for Sony Classical that received the Deutscher Schallplatten
Critic's prize in 2002.
Among many awards, prizes, and grants, Mr.
McDonald has won the Gold Medal at the Busoni International
Piano Competition in Italy, and the top prizes at both the
William Kapell International Competition and the Washington
International Competition. He is also the recipient of the
National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Award and a grant
from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Native of Nice, Olivier Gardon began studying the piano when
he was four years old. Two years later, he gave his first concert,
and the following year, he played in front of Lili Kraus who
was on tour in France at the time. This renowned artist immediately
took an interest in Olivier Gardon and encouraged him to continue
his vocation. At ten years old, he played Bach's Concerto in
D minor at the Opera of Nice, and this first experience of playing
with an orchestra was a decisive event.
Then he entered the "Conservatoire National Superieur de
Musique" in Paris, with Pierre Sancan, and next year unanimously
won First Prize for chamber music in Jean Hubeau's class. He
came first in a competitive master class for piano and trained
for international competitions, working with Pierre Sancan and
guest-Masters such as Geza Anda, Lili Kraus and Georgy Sebok.
He won many international prizes; Grand Prix Marguerite Long
(Paris, 1973), Prix Reine Elisabeth (Brussels, 1975), Prix International
Viotti (Vercelli), Monza, Senigallia, Casella. He also won the
Vocation's Foundation Prize and the De Vries Foundation's Prize.
Olivier Gardon then begins a brilliant career as a soloist.
He performs in most of the musical capitals of the world.: London,
New York, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Salzburg, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest,
Brussels, Naples, Hong-Kong, Seoul, Bangkok, Sydney, Montevideo,
Amsterdam, Turin, Bologna, Johannesburg, Singapore, Delhi・
As a soloist, he is invited by many prestigious
foreign and french orchestras: London Symphony Orchestra,
National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Salzburg Mozarteum
Orchester, Stuttgart and Prague Chamber Orchestra, B.R.T Symphonic
Orchestra, Grand Orchestre de R.T. Luxembourg, London Chamber
Players, Shinsei Nippon Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese,
Philharmonique de Radio-France, Philharmonic Orchestras of
Strasbourg, Pays de Loire, Nice, Montpellier, Orchestre National
d'Ile-de-France, National de Lille, Orchestre de Cannes-Provence-Cote
d'Azur, Orchestre des Concerts Pasdeloup, Lamoureux・
He also performs under the baton of famous conductors:. Karl
Munchinger, Ferdinand Leitner, Theodor Guschlbauer, Uri Segal,
David Shallon, SamuelFriedman, Nyklaus Wyss, Daniel Nazareth,
Barry Tuckwell, Alexander Anissimov, Valentin Kozhin, Bruno
Amaducci, Klaus Weise, Marcello Panni, Irwin Hoffman, Nakano
Shinichiro, Thomas Koncz, Jean-Sebastien Bereau, Andre Bernard,
Philippe Bender, J-Claude Casadesus, Jean-Marc Cochereau,
Pierre Dervaux, Gerard Devos, Cyril Diederich, Jerome Kaltenbach,
Pierre-Michel Leconte, Jacques Mercier,Pol Mule, Marc Soustrot,
Stephane Cardon, J-Pierre Wallez, J-Jacques Kantorow, Laurent
Petitgirard, Frederic Lodeon・
Olivier Gardon is also the guest of many
musical festivals:Pragues'Spring, Smetana Festival, Bucharest,
Stavelot, Europalia, the 'Fetes Musicales de Touraine', Festivals
of Montpellier, Lille, Aix-en-Musique, Sceaux, Saint-Denis,
Micem Classique, 'Festival de musique de Cimiez'・
He is Professor at the "Conservatoire Superieur de Paris"
- CNR and at the Franco-Japanese Academy of Kyoto.
He is regularly invited as a teacher for master classes in
many music Academies: Villecroze, Nice, Courchevel, Fez, Flaine,
Taiwan, Japan, Czech Republic, Uruguay, Morocco, Italy・
He takes part in juries of international competitions : Marguerite
Long, Epinal, Tabor (Czech Republic), Shumen (Bulgaria) and
also in the C.N.S.M. in Paris and Lyon.
Since April 2001, Olivier Gardon is Artistic Director of the
"Academie de Musique" du Mercantour held every spring
in Valdeblore, in the Nice neighborhood.