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


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: "¡¦ 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.


MinSoo Shon

The Korean pianist, Minsoo Sohn, began piano studies at age three. One of his earliest inspirations was Henryk Szeryng¡¯s legendary recording of Bach¡¯s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. While the violin first captured his attention, he grew to appreciate the piano¡¯s many voices and tonal colours. It wasn¡¯t until Sohn moved to Boston to study with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory of Music that he was reassured of his career as concert artist. ¡°I just wasn¡¯t sure I would be a musician,¡± he says. ¡°I had interests in many fields and stopped playing. I even dreamed of being an athlete.¡±

Minsoo Sohn is First Laureate of the 2006 Canada¡¯s Honens International Piano Competition. He was also a top prize-winner at the Rubinstein, Cleveland, Busoni and Hilton Head International Piano Competitions, and received laureate prizes at Belgium¡¯s Queen Elisabeth and Santander¡¯s Paloma O¡¯Shea Competitions.

Minsoo Sohn has performed in recital halls, at festivals, and with orchestra across North America and Europe. With orchestra in the USA, he has performed with the New Hampshire and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras, and the Cleveland Chamber and Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestras. He also appeared with theBoston Symphony Orchestra in its "Salute to Symphony" concerts, which were broadcast on national television. Other notable appearances include performances with the Holland Symfonia, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestra "Haydn" of Bolzano and Trento (Italy), Real Filharmonia de Galicia (Spain), Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, and Orchestra "Haydn" of Bolzano and Trento (Italy). He has performed in recital at Boston's Jordan Hall (Centennial Concert Series), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and for the Harvard Musical Association, as well at New Hampshire's Monadnock Festival and Currier Museum of Art, San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, Spain's Palacio Festivalle de Cantabria, Italy's Academia Cusano and Monteverdi Hall, and throughout Belgium and Holland, including Brussel's Theatre Royal de la Monnaie.

In 2007, Minsoo Sohn toured Germany in recital, and performs at numerous festivals throughout Canada and the USA. This year (2008) he performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, joined the line-up of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and was soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec. He makes his Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in April 2009. Minsoo Sohn ¡°¡¦is an artist, a man who will create a life in music, find listeners, and reward them,¡± says The Boston Globe¡¯s Richard Dyer. Sohn¡¯s masterful technique and astonishing artistic expression create performances rich in deep emotion and musical intelligence. His extraordinary interpretation of J.S. Bach¡¯s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) from the Honens Competition has been broadcast numerous times on CBC and across the USA on NPR¡¯s Performance Today.

In 2007, Minsoo Sohn toured Germany in recital, and performs at numerous festivals throughout Canada and the USA. This year (2008) he performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, joined the line-up of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and was soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec. He makes his Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in April 2009. Minsoo Sohn ¡°¡¦is an artist, a man who will create a life in music, find listeners, and reward them,¡± says The Boston Globe¡¯s Richard Dyer. Sohn¡¯s masterful technique and astonishing artistic expression create performances rich in deep emotion and musical intelligence. His extraordinary interpretation of J.S. Bach¡¯s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) from the Honens Competition has been broadcast numerous times on CBC and across the USA on NPR¡¯s Performance Today.

Sunwoo Yekwon

Praised by the Examiner for "the soft caressing touches in quiet passages and his total command over the instrument and the expressiveness," pianist Yekwon Sunwoo won First Prize at the 2014 International German Piano Award and Vendome Prize held at the prestigious Verbier Festival. In addition, he won First Prize at the 2013 Sendai International Music Competition; First Prize at the 2012 Piano Campus International Concours in France, including the audience prize; First Prize at the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition, including audience and chamber awards; Laureate in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition; and First Prize at the 2009 Interlaken Classics Competition in Switzerland.

Mr. Sunwoo has performed extensively as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Juilliard Orchestra under Itzhak Perlman at Avery Fisher Hall, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, Orcheste National de Belgique at Palais des Beaux-Artsthe, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Maroc, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie.

Mr. Sunwoo's past recital appearances include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, Radio France and Salle Cortot in Paris, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. He has been featured on WQXR's McGraw-Hill "Young Artists Showcase" and given numerous recitals throughout Germany, Switzerland, Prague, and Morocco.

Mr. Sunwoo's wide chamber music experience includes an invitation from the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation to tour in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama. He has performed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Inside Chamber Music Lectures and has collaborated with Ida Kavafian and Peter Wiley on Curtis On Tour and with Roberto Diaz on the Bay Chamber Concerts. He has also performed with the Jerusalem Quartet, Gary Hoffman, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Michael Tree. He has been invited to perform at various chamber music festivals such as the Summit Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and Chamber Music Northwest.

Born in Anyang, South Korea in 1989, Mr. Sunwoo previously studied with Min-ja Shin and Sun-wha Kim in Korea. From 2005, he studied with Seymour Lipkin at The Curtis Institute of Music, where he received Rachmaninoff Prize in Piano. He later studied with Robert McDonald and earned his Master's degree at The Juilliard School, where he won the Munz Scholarship Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize. He studied with Richard Goode at Mannes College The New School for Music.

Mr. Sunwoo recorded his first solo album on the Fontec label in 2014 and it features The Wanderer Fantasy by Schubert, selections from 12 Lieder von Schubert by Liszt, Sonata No.2 (1931 Edition) by Rachmaninoff, and La valse by Ravel.

He has a long ? standing relationship with Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation and has been named as Kumho Art Hall Artist-in-Residence in 2016.