Pianist / Sergei Babayan
Acclaimed for the immediacy, sensitivity and depth of his
interpretations, Sergei Babayan's performances reveal an emotional
intensity and bold energy, equipping him to explore stylistically
diverse repertoire. He is known for his innovative programming,
often including modern works by composers such as Lutoslawsky,
Ligeti and Arvo Part, and extending the boundaries of mainstream
repertoire for which he continues to be acclaimed, excelling
in Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann as much as the Russian
heritage of Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Prokofiev. His philosophy
that a recital should reveal a spiritual dimension, results
in playing which sustains an intensity which never fails to
captivate. His performances of J S Bach, have always gained
him both public and critical acclaim, and he firmly believes
that the natural evolution of the keyboard instrument has
led to today's modern piano which allows the music to be fully
expressed in this modern incarnation.
A student of such legendary teachers and musicians as Gornostayeva,
Naumov, Pletnev and Vlasenko in the Moscow Conservatory, he
was, however, not permitted to leave the country and be free
to compete and study in the West. He was the first pianist
from the former USSR who was able to compete without government
sponsorship after the collapse of the system.
Immediately after his first trip outside of the USSR, he won
consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions
including the -Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition
(formerly the Cleveland International Piano Competition) (1990)
-The Palm Beach International Piano Competition (1990), -The
Hamamatsu Piano Competition (1991) -The Scottish International
Piano Competition (1992 ). He is also a Laureate of the Queen
Elizabeth International Piano Competition, the Busoni International
Piano Competition, and the Esther Honens International Competition
in Calgary, Canada. Since that time he has had major engagements
and concert tours throughout Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia,
South Africa, South America and the USA.
His New York recitals at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall,
performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony,
and Detroit Symphony met with huge critical acclaim, as have
his many subsequent recital and concerto performances throughout
all the major cities in the US. His concert schedule has included
performances and broadcasts throughout major European cities
and extensive tours of Japan. He appeared with recitals in
such important venues as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall
in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Warsaw Philharmonic,
Severance Hall in Cleveland, Bolshoy Zal of Moscow Tchaikovsky
Conservatory, and countless others.
In recent seasons he performed recitals in New York City,
London, Hannover, Manchester, Bruxelles, Glasgow, Moscow,
St. Petersburg, Paris, Grenoble, Tours, Warsaw, Tokyo, Osaka,
Sapporo, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, and New Orleans..
Sergei Babayan appeared in numerous major music festivals
in France, Germany, UK, Poland, Spain, and the US. His concerts
have been broadcast by WQXR, WCLV, Radio France, Polish Radio
and Television, BBC-TV and NHK Satellite Television. He has
made several highly praised recordings for EMC, Connoisseur
Society and Pro Piano labels. His recordings of Scarlatti,
Ligeti, Messiaen, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Schubert, Liszt,
Vine, Respighi and Prokofiev garnered high acclaims including
a ¡°critic's choice¡± in the New York Times praising Babayan¡¯s
¡°extraordinary technique and ability to play densely harmonized
works with illuminating transparency and a daunting measure
of control¡±. American Record Guide joins in these accolades
praising his ¡°phenomenal level of color and imagination¡±.
About the recording of Scarlatti Sonatas American Guide says:
¡°It can stand proudly besides that of Horowitz...¡±
Mr. Babayan has appeared with many major orchestras throughout
the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic,
the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Nationale
de Lille, and New World Symphony. His performances with the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
were received with great enthusiasm by audiences and critics
alike. He has collaborated with such conductors as Yuri Temirkanov,
Neeme Jarvi, Hans Graf, David Robertson, Kazimierz Kord and
Michael Christi, and his concerto repertoire is constantly
growing - at this point he has 51 concertos which have been
His unusual and imaginative recital programming has always
elicited interest and praise. Mr. Babayan is an enthusiastic
advocate of new music and has an immense repertoire.
Sergei Babayan¡¯s deep interest and love for the music of Bach
has led him to study more recently with Helmuth Rilling. Always
in search of the new, Sergei Babayan studied conducting in
order to deepen his understanding of the orchestra, to be
able to study and perform some of the music of the 20th century
which is particularly interesting for him, as well as to conduct
piano and orchestra repertoire from the keyboard. In this
role, he already has performed music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart,
Schnittke, Part, Vasks, Schedrin, and Prokofiev.
In May of 2006 Sergei Babayan was invited by Valery Gergiev
to perform Lutoslawsky piano concerto in the XIV International
Festival ¡°Stars of the White Nights¡± in St. Petersburg with
the orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre. Performance was highly
praised in major Russian publications and met with great enthusiasm
by the audience. He has recently invited by Gergiev to perform
Prokofiev ¡®s 3rd piano concerto in his Easter Festival, and
will return to London in 2010 to perform at the Barbican with
the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gergiev.
Other recent highlights include the Prague Spring Festival
with the Janacek Chember Orchestra and an acclaimed recital
at the 92nd Y in New York.
/ Phillip Kawin
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.
/ HaeSun Paik
Pianist HaeSun Paik has been hailed as a "sensitive and
thinking musician first and an awesome technician second"
(Los Angeles Times), with a "big and individual personality"
(New York Times), whose performances are "a wonder -
elastic, mercurial, charged with meaning, surprising"
(Boston Globe). Having won top prizes at international piano
competitions including the Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, William
Kapell, and the Tchaikovsky, Ms. Paik has performed concerts
around the world in solo recitals, concerti with orchestra,
and as a chamber musician.
HaeSun Paik has appeared as a soloist under the baton of Mikhail
Pletnev, Sir Simon Rattle, Vassily Sinaisky, Dmitri Kitaenko,
Stanislav Skrovaczewski, and Myung Whun Chung. She has performed
with the Boston Symphony, National Symphony, London Symphony,
Munich Philharmonic, Radio France Philharmonic, KBS Symphony,
NHK Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, City of
Birmingham Symphony, Belgium National Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic,
Moscow Philharmonic, and the Russian National Orchestra, among
Ms. Paik has appeared frequently in recital at prestigious
venues throughout the U.S. including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln
Center, The Kennedy Center and Jordan Hall in Boston. Her
international tours have brought her to major concert halls
around the globe. She has appeared at numerous international
music festivals including the Beethoven Festival in Munich,
Radio France Festival in Montpellier, Courchevel Music Festival
in France, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy,
Orford Music Festival in Canada, International Keyboard Institute
& Festival in New York, PianoSummer at New Paltz (New
York), and the Busan Music Festival in Korea.
A superb collaborative artist, Ms. Paik has performed with
many distinguished artists including cellists Anner Bylsma
and Mischa Maisky, violist Nobuko Imai, and clarinetist Richard
Stoltzman. Her recent recording with cellist Laurence Lesser
of the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano has
been released by Bridge Records. Her debut and subsequent
solo recordings can be heard on the EMI label.
One of the most sought after pedagogical influences in Korea,
Ms. Paikwas the youngest pianist of her generation to be appointed
as a music professor at Seoul National University, where she
taught for ten years. She will join the faculty of the Cleveland
Institute of Music in the fall of 2013. She is Artist-in-Residence
at Catholic University of Daegu and serves as the Artistic
Director of the Busan Music Festival in Korea. She gives master
classes at institutions and festivals worldwide and has served
as a juror in many international competitions including the
Bosendorfer, the Cleveland and the Honens international piano
HaeSun Paik's artistic development has been influenced by
her studies with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun, and through
her studies at the International Piano Foundation in Lake
Como (Italy) where she worked with international artists including
Alicia de Larrocha, Karl Urlich Schnabel, Rosalyn Tureck,
and Alexis Weissenberg.
/ Soo-Jung Shin
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.
/ Kyung-Sook Lee
Lee Kyung-Sook studied at the Curtis Institute of music in Philadelphia
under Mieozyslaw Horoszowski and Rudolf Serkin. In 1967 after
having completed her studies at the Curtis Institute, she went
on to win a prize at the Philadelphia Orchestra concerto auditions
and performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1968, which
was broadcasted nationwide in the United States.
Subsequently, she was involved in a period of great activity
with performances with such distinguished artists such as Christian
Ferras, Pierre Fournier, Eudice Shapiro, Aaron Rosand, Julius
Baker, Dmitri Yablonsky, Paul Tortolie and also with world renowned
orchestra including L'orchestra de la Suisse Romande, The Hong
Kong Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic, The Prague Symphony,
The Moscow Philharmonic, and The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has performed all of Beethoven piano concertos in 1987,
Beethoven sonatas in 1988, Mozart piano sonatas in 1989, Prokofiev
9 piano sonatas in 1991, and in 1993, she played Tchaichovsky's
3 piano concertos in one concert.
In 1985 she won the first "Musician of the year" prize
awarded by the magazine "Music Dong-A." In 1985 and
1988 she was named the "Artist of the year," in 1987
she was awarded "The Nanpa Music Awards," in 1988
"The Korean Critics Association Awards" and the "Kim
Soo-Goon Performing Arts Awards," and in 1994 she won "The
Korean Artist Prize," and has held a chair as a judge on
the judging committee in the Munich and Japanese Sonoda International
Currentely she is the honorary professor of Yonsei University,
the member of the National Academy of Arts, the republic of
/ Hee-Sung Joo
The Korean pianist, Hee Sung Joo, first came to international
attention of the winning the first prize in the prestigious
Dudley International Piano Competition in England in 1995. Chosen
from among more than 60 pianists representing 22 countries,
Ms. Joo subsequently gave her London debut in 1996 in the Royal
Festival Hall. After the recital, critic Geoffrey Crankshaw
wrote in the British Quarterly, Musical Opinion :
¡° A fresh talent of high promise came into view at The Purcell
Room when Hee Sung Joo, the winner of the 1995 Dudley International
Piano Competition, gave her Prize Winner¡¯s recital. From the
first bars of Bach, one recognized an artist of genuine stature,
someone with something to say, and the ability to say it! A
sure sense of style, backed with a truly formidable technique
enabled this young artist to take us to the heart of each composer.
This was no routine obeisance, but rather a sense of affirmations.
I eagerly look forward to hearing this vital talent again.¡±
Following her success in England where she concertized extensively,
Ms Joo went on to become a prizewinner in the U.S. at the Wideman
Piano Competition, as well as earning distinctions in both the
Cleveland International Piano Competition and the William Kapell
International Competition in Baltimore where she won Nancy W.
Miller Memorial prize.
After Ms. Joo took first place in the 2002 New Orleans International
Piano Competition, she made several appearances in the New Orleans
area including a performance with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Other U.S. appearances have included recitals in Jordan Hall(Boston),
the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum, French Library, Wesleyan
College Crowell Concert Hall, and Loyola University. She also
had two feature recitals as the first prize winner of Simone
Belsky Music Award Competition.
A nature of Seoul, Hee Sung Joo, began piano studies at age
of 5. Winner of first prizes in the two major piano competitions
in Korea, the Hankuk Journals and the Dong-A Music Competition,
Ms Joo made her debut in Seoul in 1990. She graduated from the
New England Conservatory of Music receiving a Masters Degree
and Artist Diploma, working with Ms. Wha Kyung Byun, and also
studied at the Hartt School of Music, working with Paul Rutman.
She had taught in Walnut Hill Music School and New England Conservatory
Preparatory School in Boston, and present, she is working as
an assistant professor at Seoul National University in Korea.
/ DaSol Kim
DA SOL is among the most highly celebrated virtuosos
of today¡¯s youngest pianist generation. His dynamic, perceptive
interpretation of the music and his clear, subtle articulation
are subjects of particular focus on the part of the international
In 2012, DA SOL won second prize at the Geza And a International
Music Competition. He was the winner of Epinal International
Piano Competition in France and Nagoya International Music Competition
in Japan. He also won the sixth prize at the Queen Elisabeth
international music competition in Brussels, second prize at
the Isang Yun International Music Competition in Tongyeong and
third prize at the Geneva International Music Competition.
DA SOL recently performed the second piano concerto by Ludwig
van Beethoven to great acclaim with the Leipzig MDR Symphony
Orchestra under the direction of Michael Sanderling. He made
his debut in the Berliner Philharmonie with the Kammerorchester
Berlin. He also regularly goes on tour with the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie.
He also performed with Berliner Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester,
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Kammerorchester
Muenchen, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Barbarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
and others. He performed in many important venues such as Gewandhaus
Leipzig, Kolner Philharmonie, Victoria Hall Geneva, Tonhalle
Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Bozar Hall Brussels with great numbers
of conductors - David Zinman, Justus Frantz, Marin Alsop, Gaetano
d'Espinosa, Vassilis Christopoulos, Jean-Pierre Haeck, Ulrich
Windfuhr and many others.
In the summer of 2011, DA SOL thrilled the listening public
with his piano recital at the La Roque d¡¯Antheron piano festival.
He also made an appearance as guest pianist at the 2011 international
Klavierfestival junger Meister at Lake Constance and performed
Sergei Rachmaninoff¡¯s Third Piano Concerto with the Sudwestdeutsche
Da Sol was born in 1989 in Busan (South Korea). He first came
into contact with the piano at age eleven, at the beginning
teaching himself how to play by listening to and imitating recordings
of Bartok¡¯s dances for children and only later attending the
secondary school for the arts in Busan as a young student under
In Il Kim; following that, he studied in Korean National University
of Arts program for the advancement of young talent with Professor
Jong Phil Lim. Da Sol began his piano studies at the University
of Music and Theatre ¡°Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy¡± Leipzig with
Professor Gerald Fauth in October 2006 and has been studying
with late Professor Karl-Heinz Kammerling and Professor Arie
Vardi at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media since