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Philharmonia performs Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky Sep. 21

Season-opening concert features conductor Shinik Hahm, pianist Esther Park

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in its season-opening concert on Friday, September 21, 2012. Conductor-in-residence Shinik Hahm will lead the orchestra, and Esther Park ’12AD (pictured at left) is the piano soloist.

The concert opens with a nod to Italy in Rossini's energetic Overture to “L'Italiana in Algeri.” But the heart of the program is Russia, with major works by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor features pianist Esther Park , a winner of the 2012 Woolsey Competition. Stravinsky’s ballet “Petrushka,” depicting the dark adventures of a puppet who comes to life, closes the evening.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street), and is free and open to the public.


The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, Yale Opera productions in the Shubert Theatre, and appearances at Carnegie Hall as part of the Yale in New York concert series. In addition, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Alice Tully Hall (New York City) and the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.). In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Shinik Hahm,the resident conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, has been a professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music since 2004. A dynamic and innovative musician, Hahm is sought after among North American, South American, European, and Asian orchestras. In 2006 Maestro Hahm completed his tenure as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, with which he toured the U.S. in 2004 and Japan in 2005. Hahm served as Music Director of the Abilene (Tex.) Philharmonic Orchestra for a decade (1993-2003), successfully converting the community ensemble into a professional regional orchestra.

Born in Pusan, Korea in 1984, Esther Park began to play in public soon after her first piano lessons at the age of four. Ms. Park moved to the United States in 1995, after being accepted to the Juilliard School’s Pre-College division. She also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, and is a doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music, where she studies with Boris Berman. Esther Park has won numerous competitions, including the the 2009 Prix Amadeo and the 2009 Chopin Gesellschaft Klavierwettbewerb. As a soloist, she has appeared with orchestras such as the Houston Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska (Poland), Orchestra Filarmonica (Romania), Shanghai Philharmonic, and the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen.