Haesun Paik, piano
Biography: HaeSun Paik has performed throughout the globe following her triumphs at major international piano competitions, including top prizes at the William Kapell (U.S.A., 1989), the Leeds (England, 1990), the Queen Elisabeth (Belgium, 1991), and the Tchaikovsky (Russia, 1994) International Piano Competitions. Ms. Paik has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, National Symphony, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Radio France Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic and Russian National Orchestra among others. In addition to concerto performances, she has appeared frequently as a recitalist in the U.S. at such venues as New York's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Jordan Hall in Boston and in various major concert halls around the world. Miss Paik has also collaborated with many distinguished artists in concerts including Mikhail Pletnev, Mischa Maisky and Myung Whun Chung. She has continuously appeared in music festivals throughout the United States and abroad, including the Beethoven Festival in Munich (Germany), Radio France Festival in Montpellier (France), Courchevel Music Festival (France), Beijng International Music Festival & Academy (China), Agassiz Music Festival (Canada), IKIF in New York, Piano Summer in SUNY-New Paltz and Busan Music Festival in Korea. Ms. Paik is also one of the most influential pedagogues in Korea. She was the youngest pianist to be appointed as a music professor at Seoul National University. After teaching at the university for 10 years, she decided to leave her position to devote more of her time to numerous performance engagements and broaden her musical horizons. Currently, she gives master classes at institutions worldwide and teaches at many international music festivals. She has also served as a juror at the Bosendorfer International Competition in Arizona. Ms. Paik divides her time between the U.S. and Korea, where she is the artistic director of the Busan Music Festival. Ms. Paik records exclusively for EMI Korea. Her first recording was released internationally by EMI on the Debut Series and has received much critical acclaim. Her fourth recording entitled 'Best of HaeSun Paik' was just released in late 2009. Recently, Ms. Paik recorded the complete works by Beethoven for Cello and Piano with cellist Laurence Lesser. This will be released by Bridge Records in 2010. HaeSun Paik began her musical studies in her native Korea. At 14, she came to the U.S. to study music at Walnut Hill School for Performing Arts in Boston and subsequently graduated from 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) where she worked with many renowned international artists.