Dang Thai Son (pianist)

¡°A genuine musician¡± - Isaac Stern, Miyazaki, Japan, May 2001
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 Dmitry Bashkirov.
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 Hall (Tokyo).
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, Moscow Philharmonic,
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 Gavrilov.
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 Carlo,
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 Piano Competitions.
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 the emotions.
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 allows.


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 Conference.
Phillip Kawin has been the subject of numerous publications as a world- renowned performer/teacher. He is a Steinway Artist.

Soo-Jung Shin(Pianist)

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.

She has 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 (Pianist)

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 in Korea.

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
InCheon Philharmonic.
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
and Korea
Duo concert, the Beethoven Cello Sonata cycle with the Cellist Laurence Lesser in US
and Canada.

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 artists.

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 States.
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 Competition.
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.