Jong Hwa Park
piano | Korea, °1974
 
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. His teachers were Russell Sherman, Dmitri Bashkirov, Joaquin Soriano and Elisso Wirssaladze.

Jong Hwa Park has been awarded with high honors at important international piano competitions. He is a prize winner of the Busoni International Competition in Bolzano, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and special prize winner of the Rubinstein International in Tel Aviv and Santander 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 Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Herculessaal in Munich, the Auditorio Nacional 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 a professor at Seoul National University.
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