HaeSun Paik (Pianist)

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 many others.

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 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 competitions 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.

She is currently the professor of the Cleveland Institute of Music and also she is Artist-in-Residence at Catholic University of Daegu and serves as the Artistic Director of the Busan Music Festival in Korea


Sergei Babayan

A winner of the Cleveland, Hamamatsu, and Scottish international competitions,
Sergei Babayan is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and has studied with Georgy Sarajev, Vera Gornostayeva, Lev Naumov, and Mikhail Pletnev.
His deep interest and love for the music of Bach led him to study with Helmuth Rilling; he has also studied conducting.
Babayan's concerto repertoire includes 54 concertos, and he has made recordings for EMC, Connoisseur Society, Pro Piano, and Mariinsky labels. As a soloist, he has performed with many of the world's major orchestras, conductors, and festivals, and his performance with Valery Gergiev of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5 was recorded for Medici TV.
Babayan's chamber music partners have included Martha Argerich, Daniil Trifonov, Ivry Gitlis, and the Borodin Quartet. While teaching at Juilliard, Babayan will continue to be an artist in residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Phillip Kawin

Phillip Kawin has developed a highly individual pedagogical approach that has established him as a much sought after artist-teacher. His concepts have evolved through an eclectic background of training that combines a variety of artistic and esthetic influences. He has created a teaching methodology that presents the principles of technique and musicianship in a detailed analytical approach-an approach that does not ignore the intuitive aspect of music-making. Mr. Kawin studied with Alfred Cortot's long-time associate Jules Gentil at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, in New York City with Howard Aibel (Rosina Lhevinne's assistant), with John Perry, and later with Dora Zaslavsky (who had studied with Wilhelm Backhaus and Harold Bauer) at Manhattan School of Music. In 1989, Mr. Kawin was appointed to the college faculty of Manhattan School of Music, where he currently works with a select studio of advanced and highly gifted pupils from diverse corners of the globe.

Mr. Kawin's students have won top honors in the Young Concert Artists Auditions as well as in the Martha Argerich International, Jacob Flier International, World Piano, Kosciuszko, Thelonious Monk International (jazz piano), Melilla in Spain, Heida Hermanns, Soulima Stravinsky International, Josef Hofmann, Mieczyslaw Munz, Leschetizky, and Long-Thibaud Crespin International competitions. Phillip Kawin is in constant demand at premier international conferences and festivals, having given his renowned lectures and insightful master classes in Russia, Hong Kong, Israel, China, Korea, Taiwan, the U.S., and throughout Australia. A critic writes: "During these moments, the highest art of piano playing came into view. An image of great pianism not as a demonstration of velocity, or accuracy, but great pianism as absolute control of sound. Phillip Kawin leads his students to reach for that sound, a sound that borders on the architectural and the orchestral. Once heard, that sound stays in the ear-hauntingly. When the master class was over, we were fatigued physically, but mentally stimulated. The sound, and those ideas would remain, they are all too rare. " (Atlanta Music Teachers Association master class) For the past 17 years, he has been in residence at the PianoSummer at SUNY New Paltz (New York), an International Institute/Festival, as well as appearing regularly at the Summit Music Festival (New York), the International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (Italy), and the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy (China). Phillip Kawin has been a guest adjudicator for such competitions as the Beethoven International Piano Competition Vienna, Bosendorfer USASU International Piano Competition (four times), Sydney International, and the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (Suwon, Korea). He is featured on five DVDs (master classes and lectures) for Excellence in Music, Inc., recorded live at the annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference(s).

Phillip Kawin has received critical acclaim for his performances in venues all over the world-from Sydney's Angel Place Recital Hall to Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall-which have received critical acclaim: "íŽ Kawin came out to play Prokofiev Sonata No. 7 in B-flat, probably like no pianist, let alone the composer himself, has played it. A mesmerizing power, devoid of percussiveness and angularity associated with Prokofiev's piano scores, emanates from Kawin's moulding touch that evolves to diabolic mysterium."(New Paltz, New York) As recitalist and as soloist with orchestra, he has performed throughout Australia, China, Korea, Italy, Russia, Spain and the US. Phillip Kawin has an exclusive recording contract with the Master Performers Record Label. His debut album featuring works of Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt and Prokofiev was launched at Steinway Hall in New York in 2008, and received with critical acclaim. His upcoming all-Schubert CD recorded in June 2014 under the direction of renowned Grammy Award winning producer Steven Epstein, will be released in the summer of 2015.

Mr. Kawin has given master classes at the Moscow Conservatory, Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Seoul National University, Van Cliburn Piano Institute, among many others. Most recently, he gave master classes at the DMZ and the Busan international festivals in South Korea; the Harvard Club in New York (the first-ever class at that historic venue); Summit Music Festival; and for the Sibelius Academy in Finland, through the Symposium and Practicum in Synchronous Distance Learning.

Phillip Kawin is a Steinway Artist

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 piano competitions.

Currentely she is the honorary professor of Yonsei University, and the member of the National Academy of Arts, the republic of Korea.


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.

William Youn

The young Korean pianist William Youn is "a very special lyrical talent, a genuine poet" (Attila Csampai), whose "calm lyrical pondering develops a lavish life of its own, completely unforced, with sovereign, bravura technique of touch and attack" (Marco Frei). Mr.Youn initially began his career in the USA and Asia, and during the last years, he has been developing his presence throughout Europe as well. William Youn's engagements have included concerts with Cleveland Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestras (Myung-Whun Chung), the Halle Staatsorchester, the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie of Konstanz, the Nurnberger Symphoniker, the Wurttembergische Philharmonie of Reutlingen, the Belgian National Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made appearances at diverse festivals such as Davos, the Wurzburg Mozartfest, Festival Mitte Europa (on fortepiano) and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and has performed in concert venues including New York's Lincoln Center, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Vienna Musikverein, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Madrid's Auditorio Nacional de Musica, the Seoul Arts Center, the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and the Berliner Philharmonie. Mr.Youn enjoys close musical collaborations with Nils Monkemeyer, David Orlowsky, Veronika Eberle, Sunhae Im, Nicola Benedetti, Ye-Eun Choi, the Balthasar Neumann Choir, and the Kuss Quartet. He has been featured in radio productions by ARD in Germany, KBS (Korea), National Public Radio (USA) and Czech Radio.

Mr.Youn began his musical training in Korea and made his debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra of his native Seoul at the age of eleven. Two years later he went to America to continue his studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and at 18 he changed continents again, moving to Hannover, Germany, to the legendary piano class of Karl-Heinz Kammerling, later studying with Bernd Goetzke. As a scholar at the Lake Como Piano Academy, Mr.Youn collaborated with such artistic figures as Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts'ong, Andreas Staier, Charles Rosen and Menahem Pressler. He has also received important stimulation from masterclasses with Andras Schiff, Yo-Yo Ma and Christoph Eschenbach. He is a prize-winner of several international piano competitions (the Cleveland, Alessandro Casagrande and Shanghai, as well as the Busoni in Bolzano and the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels). In 2011 he was honoured with the Bavarian Young Artist Prize in his city of residence, Munich.

Following his critically lauded CD recordings for Sony Korea and Ars Produktion, Mr.Youn is embarking on a new project, recording Mozart's complete sonatas for Oehms Classics. The first CD, featuring four sonatas, appeared as a co-production with Bavarian Radio in November 2013 with enthusiastic critical acclaim and it has been nominated for the German Record Critics' Award.

Highlights of William Youn's upcoming season include debut concerts with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel, where he will be performing the first concerto of Chopin at the Philharmonie of the Gasteig.