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 ten 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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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 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.
Mr. 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, Mr. Park organized and regularly performed educational concerts for school children across the U.S., and gives free concerts for healthcare patients and seniors in under-resourced communities.
Sejoon 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.