Dang Thai Son (pianist)
¡°A genuine musician¡± - Isaac Stern, Miyazaki, Japan,
An outstanding international musician of our time, Vietnamese
pianist Dang Thai Son was propelled to the forefront of the
musical world in October 1980, when he was awarded the First
Prize and Gold Medal at the Xth International Chopin Piano Competition
in Warsaw. It was also the first time that a top international
competition was won by an Asian pianist.
He began piano studies with his mother in Hanoi. Discovered
by the Russian pianist Isaac Katz, who was on visitin Vietnam
in 1974, he pursued his advanced training at the Moscow State
Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia with Vladimir Natanson and
Since winning the Chopin Competition, his international career
has taken him to over forty countries, into such world renowned
halls as Lincoln Center (New York), Barbican Center (London),
Salle Pleyel (Paris), Herculessaal (Munich), Musikverein (Vienna),
Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Opera House (Sydney), and Suntory
He has played with numerous world-class orchestras such as the
Leningrad Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic,
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic,
Staatskapelle Berlin, Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic,
Warsaw National Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, NHK Symphony,
Helsinki Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Hungarian State Symphony,
Russian National Symphony, as well as Virtuosi of Moscow, Sinfonia
Varsovia, Vienna Chamber, Zurich Chamber, Royal Swedish Chamber
Orchestras, and the Ensemble orchestral de Paris. Also, he has
appeared under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, Pinchas
Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Ivan Fisher, Vladimir Spivakov, Dimitri
Kitaenko, James Loughram, Jiri Belohlavek, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Ken-Ichiro
Kobayashi, Pavel Kogan, Jerzy Maksymiuk,
Sakari Oramo, and John Nelson.
In the field of chamber music, he has performed with the Berlin
Philharmonic Octet, the Smetana String Quartet, Barry Tuckwell,
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Pinchas Zukerman, Boris Belkin, Joseph Suk,
and Alexander Rudin, and he has played duo-piano with Andrei
Some career highlights include a New Year¡¯s Day concert (1995)
with Yo Yo Ma, Seiji Ozawa, Kathleen Battle, and the late Mstislav
Rostropovich, in a major international event produced by the
Japanese Broadcasting Corporation NHK; in January 1999, a Gala-concert
opening the Chopin year, where he was the only foreign artist
invited to appear as soloist with the Warsaw National Opera
Theatre Orchestra; concerts in Isaac Stern¡¯s last festival in
Miyazaki, Japan in 2001, which included three performances with
Pinchas Zukerman; and a special performance
as the only guest artist at the Opening Gala Concert of the
XVth International Chopin Piano
Competition in Warsaw, where he was also a member of the jury.
Dang Thai Son is frequently invited to give master classes around
the world - such as the special class in Berlin in October,
1999, where he taught alongside Murray Perahia and Vladimir
Ashkenazy, who extended the invitation.
Since 1987, he has been a visiting professor at the Kunitachi
Music College (Tokyo), and currently, he teaches at the Universite
de Montreal (Canada). He has sat on the juries of such prestigious
competitions as the Cleveland (USA), Clara Haskil (Switzerland),
Hamamatsu (Japan), Rachmaninoff (Russia), Piano Masters of Monte
Sviatoslav Richter (Moscow), Chopin (Warsaw), C. Bechstein (Germany),
and Villa-Lobos (Brazil). In 2007-2008, he will serve on the
juries of the Vladimir Viardo (Dallas), 4th China, Artur Rubinstein
(Tel-Aviv), and Jeunesses Musicales (Montreal) International
Dang Thai Son has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Melodya,
Polskie Nagrania, CBS Sony, Victor JVC, and Analekta.
Also, he is the subject of the biography, ¡°A pianist loved by
Chopin - The Dang Thai Son Story¡±, published by Yamaha Music
Media Corporation in 2003.
Jerome Lowenthal (Pianist)
JEROME LOWENTHAL, born in 1932, continues to fascinate audiences,
who find in his playing a youthful intensity and an eloquence
born of life-experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and
Mr. Lowenthal studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski,
in New York with William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in
Paris with Alfred Cortot, meanwhile traveling annually to Los
Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes
in three international competitions (Bolzano, Darmstadt, and
Brussels), he moved to Jerusalem where, for three years, he
played, taught and lectured.
Returning to America, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic
playing Bartok's Concerto no. 2 in 1963. Since then, he has
performed more-or-less everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb.
Conductors with whom he has appeared as soloist include Barenboim,
Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, as well as such
giants of the past as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre
Monteux and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak
Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir (his late wife), Carmel
Lowenthal (his daughter), and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets
with the Lark, Avalon and Shanghai Quartets. He has recently
recorded the Beethoven Fourth Concerto with cadenzas by eleven
different composers. His other recordings include concerti by
Tschaikovsky and Liszt, solo works by Sinding and Bartok, and
chamber-music by Arensky and Taneyev.
Teaching, too, is an important part of Mr. Lowenthal's musical
life. For eighteen years at the Juilliard School and for thirty-nine
summers at the Music Academy of the West, he has worked with
an extraordinary number of gifted pianists, whom he encourages
to understand the music they play in a wide aesthetic and cultural
perspective and to project it with the freedom which that perspective
Phillip Kawin (Pianist)
Born in St.Louis, Missouri, Phillip Kawin began his piano studies
at the age of seven. He moved to Paris to study at the Ecole
Normale de Musique, graduating at the age of eighteen. Mr.Kawin
continued his education in New York City, where he received
both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Manhattan
School of Music as a protege of Dora Zaslavsky-Koch, herself
a pupil of Harold Bauer and Wilhelm Backhaus.
In 1989, Phillip Kawin joined the college faculty at Manhattan
School of Music , where he currently serves as a member of the
Piano Faculty, and is President of the school's Faculty Council.
He has given masterclasses at such institutions as the Moscow
Conservatory, Rimsky-Korsakov (St.Petersburg) Conservatory,
Van Cliburn Piano Insitute, Beijing Central and Shanghai Conservatories,
Seoul National University, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
and others internationally.
Phillip Kawin has performed at numerous festivals/venues throughout
the world. These performances include a solo recital at the
City Recital Hall/Angel Place in Sydney, Australia. In New York,
he has performed on David Dubal's "Remembering Rubinstein"
program at the Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Leschetizky
Association's 60th anniversary gala concert.
Mr.Kawin performed the opening concert of the St.Louis Philharmonic
Orchestra season with the Beethoven C minor piano concerto,
which he also performed with the Korean Symphony Orchestra.
A regular guest of the International Academy of Music, he has
performed six consecutive years in Italy, opened the first International
Academy of Music in Burgos, Spain, and has appeared six times
in St.Petersburg, Russia.
For the past decade, Phillip Kawin has been at the PianoSummer
International Festival/Institute in SUNY/New Paltz, New York,
where he joins such colleagues as Vladmir Feltsman.
His DVDs for Excellence in Music, are available on pianovision.com
and he is an active presenter at the annual World Piano Pedagogy
Phillip Kawin has been the subject of numerous publications
as a world- renowned performer/teacher. He is a Steinway Artist.
SOO-JUNG SHIN received her musical training at
the Seoul National University, the Vienna Academy of Music
and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include
Chung Jin-Woo, Josef Dichler, Leon Fleisher, Wilhelm Kempff
and Maria Curzio Diamond. She won many prizes in music competitions
including the Dong-A National Competition in Korea, the Elena
Rombro Stepanow Competition in Vienna, etc. She was also awarded
the Korean Academy of Arts Award and honored with the Order
of Ok-Kwan Culture Medal.
performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic,
Tokyo Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS and NHK Symphony
under the batons of Lim Won-Shik, Leon Fleisher, Wolfgang
Sawallisch, Yuzo Toyama, Sir John Pritchard, Asahina Takashi,
Iwaki Hiroyuki and others. She appeared with the world famous
performers such as Ruggiero Ricci, Nicolai Gedda, Janos Starker,
Chung Kyung Wha and others.
She has served on the juries of many prestigious competitions
including the ARD, Dong-A, Tokyo, Koln, UNISA, Dublin, Hamamatsu,
Sendai and other international music competitions.
SHIN has taught at the Seoul National University, the Seoul
School of Arts, and the Kyung Won University. She served as
Dean of the School of Music for 8 years at Kyung Won University.
In 2000 she returned to the Seoul National University where
she started her teaching career in 1969 as the youngest faculty
member at its College of Music. She became the first woman
dean of the College in 2005 until her retirement in 2007.
After her retirement, she is busy with chamber music, master
classes and other musical activities. She is Director of Mozart
Concert Hall and Chairperson of the GMMFS(Great Mountain Music
Festival & School ) Committee.
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 sold out 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, National Symphony Orchestra, London
Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Radio France philharmonic
Orchestra ,Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra
, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, National
Symphony Orchestra of Belgium, the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.
,Russian National Orchestra, etc.,
In addition to concerto performances, she has appeared frequently
in recitals including New York's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln
Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.,
Bank of Boston Celebrity Series at Jordan Hall, Boston and also
in concert halls around the world in major cities of Europe,
North America , South America and Asia.
She has continued to appear in music festivals throughout the
United States and abroad including Monadnock Music Festival
in New Hampshire, Beethoven Festival in Munich (Germany), Radio
France Festival in Montpellier (France), Courchevel Music Festival
(France), Bejing International Music Festival & Academy
(China), Agassiz Music Festival (Canada) and Busan Music Festival
Her recent concert engagements include solo appearances with
Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra and Kyushu Symphony Orchestra,
Asian Star Gala concert tour in Japan, Russian
National Orchestra tour in Korea with Mikhail Pletnev, duo concert
tour with cellist Mischa Maisky, recitals at 100 International
Pianist Series in Japan and also in France, South America, China,
Korea, among others.
2007-2008 Season, she has appeared in a lot of orchestras as
the soloist, the Russian National Orchestra, Kazakhstan Orchestra,
numerous orchestras in Korea like
In 2008, she was invited the TongYeong International Music Festival
in Korea, as the recitalist and the soloist.
And she had the recitals in New York, Dallas, Shanghai in China,
Winnipeg in Canada
Duo concert, the Beethoven Cello Sonata cycle with the Cellist
Laurence Lesser in US
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 recently.
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
Ms. Paik was the youngest pianist to be appointed as a music
professor at Seoul National University in Korea(1994). After
teaching at the university for 10 years, she decided to give
up her professorship in order to broaden her musical experiences
and views in life.
Currently Ms. Paik divides her time between U. S. and Korea
where she is the artistic director of Busan Music Festival.
|Jong-Hwa Park (Pianist)
Jong Hwa Park, born in Korea, started playing the piano when
he was four years old. The piano would lead him into a life
of journeys. His musical education as a youth was formed by
such institution as the Preparatory School of the Tokyo Music
College in Japan, the Sun-Hwa Music School in Korea, and the
Preparatory School of the New England Conservatory in the United
His professional education followed at the New England Conservatory
of Music in Boston where he earned Bachelor¡¯s and Master¡¯s program
with full scholarship. After the studies in Boston, he was invited
to take part in the prestigious ¡°Il Fondazione per Il Pianoforte¡±
in Como, Italy where he could interact with eminent figures
in music world as Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou
Ts¡¯ong, Leon Fleisher, Alicia de Larocha, and Martha Argerich
and so on. He also studied at the ¡°Escuela Superior de Reina
Sofia¡± in Madrid and ¡°Hochschule fur Musik un Theater¡±. His
teachers were Russell Sherman, Dmitri Bashkirov, Joaquin Soriano,
and Elisso Wirssaladze.
Mr. Park has been awarded with high honors at important international
piano competitions. He is prize winner of the Busoni International
Competition in Bolzano, the Queen Elisabeth International Music
Competition in Brussels (Including critic¡¯s award by Pieter
Andriessen), and special prize winner of the Rubinstein International
in Tel Aviv, and Santader International Piano Competition in
Spain. He is also winner of national competitions throughout
Korea, Japan and the United States.
He has performed in famous halls such as the Koncertgebouw in
Amsterdam, the Herculas saal in Munich, the Auditorio National
in Madrid, and the Palais des beaux arts in Belgium. Collaborations
with orchestras include the Boston Symphony, the New Hampshire
Symphony, and The KBS Orchestra in Korea, Flemish National Orchestra,
and Northern Holland Symphony.
Currently he is the professor of Seoul National University.
|Jeng-Won Suh (Pianist)
Born in South Korea at 1971, Pianist Suh, Jeong-won attended
Yewon Music School and
Seoul Art High School, and graduated from Ewha Womans University
in Korea as a top student of the music department in performance.
She continued her study in New England Conservatory(U.S.A.)
and completed her Master's Degree and graduate diploma as the
best performing artist in the school. Then, she moved to Indiana
University and, there,
she obtained the Artist Diploma.
She won many prizes at Samik Piano Competition, Joongang Music
Concours, KBS New Artist Music Competition, Music Association
of Korea Competition, Yewon School chamber music concours, Ewha
Womans University Concerto Audition and N.E.C. The Honors Competition,
I.U. Concerto Competition, the best prize for new musician by
Music Journal etc. Her excellent ability was recognized by being
invited by a lot of Korea-China-Japan Young Musician festivals,
Josun Daily¡¯s New Arts Concert, seoul arts center New Artist
invited recital, Boston Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum Concert
Series, N.E.C. Brahms & Schubert Festival, Schenberg &
Schubert Festival, Indiana University Chopin Festival, Italy
Echo Piano Festival, etc.
She also gained public favor by showing her unique passion and
rich emotion in many performances with Moscow Chamber Orchestra,
George Enescu Philharmonc, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Budapest
Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta, North Czech Philharmonic
Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, Accademia I Filarmonici
di Verona, Krakow Philharmonic, Indiana Chamber Orchestra and
nation's renowned orchestra such ar KBS Symphony Orchestra,
Korean Symphony Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Euroasian
Philharmonic Orchestra, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic
Orchestras of Suwon-city, Daegu-city, Daejeon-city, Pusan-city,
Masan ?city, Mokpo?city in Korea, America, Japen and Europe.
Suh, Jeong-won has recently introduced Mozart piano concerto(no.9,no.20)
album recorded with Saint- Petersburg Symphony Orchestra(Alexander
Dmitriev conductor) and an album containing Saint Saens¡¯ Carnival
of the Animals and Poulenc¡¯s two-piano concerto with Eurasian
Philharmonic. She has successfully finished to play Prokofiev
piano concerto with Spain Cordoba Symphony Orchestra as the
Europe Tour concert five times in three countries, such as Spain,
Czech and Austria including a cooperative performance at Musikverein
Golden Hall of Vienna in November 2008 and she was requested
to a jury for the 7th International Piano Competition-Spanish
Composer in Madrid at 2006 and for the S. Scriabin international
Piano Competition held in Grosseto, Italy at 2007. She is also
burning her passion for lecturer of Korean National University
of Arts, Sangmyung University, Yewon School, Seoul Arts high
school and Art Academy at Seoul Arts Center in Korea.
|YoungAh Tak (Pianist)
"Winning combination of passion, imagination, and integrity."
raves the New York Concert Review, describing Ms. Young-Ah Tak's
pianism. Since making her New York debut at the Lincoln Center's
Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony, Ms. Tak has performed
as a recitalist, a soloist, and a chamber musician in the United
States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy, Korea and Japan. Her
performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago),
WBJC (Baltimore), WCLV (Cleveland), KPAC (Texas) and KBS (Korea)
and the LOOP, Chicago¡¯s cable station.
Ms. Tak is the Silver Medal winner at the San Antonio International
Piano Competition, where she also received ¡°Best Performance
of a Classical Work¡± award. She is also the winner of the International
Corpus Christi Young Artists' Competition, and top prize winner
in numerous other competitions including the Hilton Head International
Piano Competition, the Valsesia-Musica International Piano Competition
(Italy), the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition,
the Ettlingen International Piano Competition (Germany), the
Juilliard Concerto Competition, the International Fulbright
Concerto Competition, and the Heida Hermanns International Piano
Ms. Tak's orchestral appearances include: the Filharmonia Pomorska
(Poland), the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Oltenia
Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), the North Arkansas Symphony
Orchestra, the NEC Philharmonia, the Korean Symphony Orchestra,
the Ulsan Philharmonic and the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra
in her native Korea. She has performed in the Lincoln Center,
The Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall in Boston, Myra Hess Recital
Series in Chicago, Wharton Center in Michigan, Ceramic Palace
Hall in Seoul, Columbia University, Sequenza 21 Concert Series
and Yamaha Piano Salon in New York. Ms. Tak has also appeared
at Ravinia Festival, the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival,
Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Yellow
Barn Music Festival, Fayetteville Arts Festival and Tongyeong
International Music Festival in Korea.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Tak has collaborated with artists
such as Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Michael
Kannen, Alan Kay and members of the Florestan Trio and Ma¡¯a
lot Quintet. She is also a recipient of the New England Conservatory¡¯s
Honors Ensemble Awards, and has served as a faculty at Yellow
Barn Chamber Music Festival¡¯s Young Artists Program.
Ms. Tak received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard
School and her Master's degree with high distinction from the
New England Conservatory where she also earned her Graduate
Diploma as a Presidential Scholar. Ms. Tak is currently pursuing
her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Peabody Institute of the
Johns Hopkins University as a student of Leon Fleisher. She
has also studied with Yong Hi Moon, Russell Sherman, Wha Kyung
Byun and Martin Canin. Ms. Tak serves as a piano faculty at
the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Institute.
The debut recording of Judith Zaimont's ¡°Wizards (2003)¡± by
Ms. Tak was released from Albany Records to great critical acclaim.