Oct. 29, 2018
Sejoon Park will be the third concert in Saint Vincent College’s 47th Concert Series season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Park will receive the 2017-18 Bronder Prize for Piano.
A free reception will follow the concert.
Praised as an artist “one could hardly heap too much praise on” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), pianist Sejoon Park was born to cellist parents in Seoul, Korea, and at the age of 10 made his orchestral debut with Korea’s Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. He moved to the U.S. shortly thereafter, and was featured in Washingtonian Magazine for a performance named one of the “Best of 2004” and broadcast on NPR’s “From the Top.” In the 2018-2019 season, Park presents a series of concerts with an all-American program, including classics of Samuel Barber and George Gershwin, as well as works of living composers Daniel Temkin and Joel Puckett.
A winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, Park has also received top prizes from the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the PianoArts Competition, the Southeastern Piano Competition, and the King Award for Young Artists. Recent performances include his Philadelphia recital debut and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salina Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared on the stages of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, Colorado. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR, WWFM radio.
Park performs frequently in his native South Korea, and his passion for musical outreach activities has led him to assist in organizing the Seongnam Love Music Festival, through which he invited U.S.-based performers to travel abroad to perform for Korean audiences. He performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerti, Nos. 2 and 3 with both the Incheon Philharmonic and the Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made additional solo appearances with the United Korean Orchestra, and the Euroasian Philharmonic, and performed on the stages of the Seoul Arts Center, Gumho Art Hall and Samick Art Hall in solo and chamber performances.
A former PianoArts Fellow and Artist for Sing for Hope, Park organized and regularly performed educational concerts for schoolchildren across the U.S., and gives free concerts for health care patients and seniors in under-resourced communities.
Park holds a bachelor of music degree and an artist diploma from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, as well as a master’s degree from The Juilliard School.
The Bronder Prize was created in 2008 to honor the founder of the Saint Vincent College Concert Series, Rev. Joseph Bronder, O.S.B., a concert pianist, piano instructor, classical music presenter and Benedictine priest. Each season, the Bronder Prize is awarded to an exceptionally talented young pianist at the beginning of his or her career.
Further information and reservations are available by contacting the Concert Series box office at 724-805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu. Season tickets are available for $137 (seven premium seats), flex passes are $147 (seven admissions) and single tickets are $26. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before each concert.
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