SEMIFINAL ROUND I
D. Scarlatti Sonata in D Major, K.118 Sonata in A Major, K.208
Prokofiev Sonata No.8 in B-flat Major, Op.84
SEMIFINAL ROUND II
Schubert Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op.90, No.3
Liszt Spanish Rhapsody, S.254
Sejoon Park was born to cellist parents in Seoul Korea. He began piano studies at the age of six. His early accomplishments include his orchestral debut with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea at the age of ten. He moved to the United States in 2001 and studied at the Levine School of Music with Mikhail Volchok in Washington, DC and completed his undergraduate studies with Professor Boris Slutsky at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Mr. Park is currently studying with Professor Choong-Mo Kang at the Juilliard School. He also has worked with Piotr Palezny, John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Larrisa Dedova, Nelita True, Natalya Antonova, and Lang Lang in master classes.
Sejoon has won top prizes at numerous piano competitions including the Oberlin Conservatory International Piano Competition, the Pianoarts National Competition, the Eastman International Piano Competition, the Southeastern Piano Concerto Competition, and the Aspen Music Festival Piano Concerto Competition. Mr. Park is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship in 2006 and was heard nationally performing on the NPR radio program “From the Top.”
An active performer, Sejoon frequently performs on major stage venues in the Washington Metropolitan area, including the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, and the Alexandria Performing Art Center. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the United Korean Orchestra, the Eurasian Philharmonic, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the AACA Orchestra of the Aspen Music, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
In his own words…
“For me, being a musician means to inspire. I believe that music is a universal language and that musicians have the utmost responsibility to provide total dedication in order to inspire the audience in a way that nobody else can.”