Esther Park and Sun-A Park win Chicago International Duo Piano Competition

from left: Esther Park and Sun-A Park

Duo Amadeae | From left: Esther Park and Sun-A Park

The Music Institute of Chicago announced that Duo Amadeae (Esther Park ’12 AD, ’13 MMA and Sun-A Park ’16 AD) has been named first-prize winner and recipient of the Director’s Award. They competed last week alongside 18 other piano duos representing 14 countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. Sun-A and Esther, who are sisters, received a cash prize of $10,000 as winners of the competition.


Published June 14, 2016
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YSM students to perform in Paris at Arts Arena recital


Claudia Rosenthal

Three YSM students will perform in Paris, France in a recital presented by Arts Arena. David Leigh, bass; Claudia Rosenthal, soprano; and Esther Park, piano, will perform selections from Schubert to Sibelius and Puccini to Cole Porter.

The recital takes place Friday, March 7 at Hôtel de Talleyrand.

David Leigh and Claudia Rosenthal are part of the Yale Opera program, which is under the artistic direction of Doris Yarick Cross. Both will earn their Master of Music degrees this May.

Pianist Esther Park ’12 AD, ’13 MMA has recently won the José Roca Piano Competition and International Russian Music Competition. MORE

Published February 25, 2014
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Alumnae Esther Park, Xiaoxi Wu win first and second prizes in José Roca Piano Competition


Esther Park ’12AD, ’13MMA

Esther Park ’12AD, ’13MMA won first prize in the 15th International José Roca Piano Competition, and Xiaoxi Wu ’11MM won second prize. The competition was held in Valencia, Spain; the final round took place Thursday, November 21.

The first- and second- place finalists earned prize money of 9000 and 5000 euros, respectively. The winner also receives a bust of the competition’s namesake, the Valencian pianist José Roca.

The finalists performed concertos with the Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Francisco Vicente Chuliá.This competition is held in honor of José Roca Coll, born in Xirivella in 1915. Roca, who dedicated his life to music and teaching, was a professor and director of the Conservatory of Music.


Published November 26, 2013
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Esther Park ’12AD, ’13MMA wins International Russian Music Competition

park_estherPianist Esther Park ’12AD, ’13MMA won first prize and the audience prize in the International Russian Music Competition. The final round of the competition took place Saturday, June 15 in San Jose, California.

The Russian Music Competition, created in the spring of 2000, was founded by Dr. Irina Prilipko-Morgan and Dan Morgan. In its current format, a jury of seven members not only judges the performances but gives master classes and presents lectures to the young pianists during the ten-day competition period. The competition itself has three rounds; the first two focus on solo music, and the third round includes a performance of a trio for piano, violin, and cello. MORE

Published June 17, 2013
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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. MORE

Published September 11, 2012
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Student & alumni pianists perform in Ankara, Turkey

Maestro Isin Metin

On May 22, piano students Lee Dionne ’13MM, Henry Kramer ’13AD,  and Esther Park ’12AD, ’13MMA performed with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey.

The concert was conducted by the orchestra’s music director, Maestro Isin Metin (pictured at left).

Boris Berman, a faculty member and the chair of the piano program at the School of Music, noted that the concert received “great public acclaim.”

The performance was a conclusion of a week-long piano course given by Berman in Ankara. The program included movements of piano concerti by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Schumann, Liszt, Ravel, Rachmaninov, and Tchaikovsky.

Along with the pianists from the Yale School of Music, four students from Bilkent Univerisity also participated.

Published June 4, 2012
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Woolsey Hall Competition Announces Winners

Suzana Bartal, piano

The winners of the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition were announced Saturday.

The three winners will perform as soloists with the Yale Philharmonia during the 2012-2013 season. In alphabetical order, the winners are:

Suzana Bartal, piano
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major

The Handsome Dans, trombone quartet
Jeffery Arredondo, Hana Beloglavec, Benjamin Firer, Timothy Hilgert
Jan Koetsier: Concertino for trombone quartet and string orchestra

Esther Park, piano

Esther Park, piano
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor

In addition, the judges awarded three honorable mentions.

First Honorable Mention
On You Kim, viola
Walton: Viola Concerto

Second Honorable Mention
Melody Quah, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2

Third Honorable Mention
Laura Keller, violin
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

This year’s adjudicators were Shmuel Ashkenasi (violin), Ayako Oshima (clarinet), and Benita Valente (soprano). The competition took place this past Saturday, March 31. The judges were impressed with the high level of performance of everyone involved.

The Woolsey Competition is one of only two competitions at the Yale School of Music; the other is open to chamber music ensembles and offers the chance to perform on the Oneppo Chamber Music Series.

Published April 2, 2012
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YSM students participate in the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project 2012

The Kennedy Center

Once again, graduate musicians from the School of Music will participate in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center. On Saturday, February 25, three pianists will perform on the Millennium Stage.

Joo Hyeon Park ’12 AD will perform selections from Alexander Scriabin’s Preludes, Op. 11, and Nikolai Medtner’s Sonata Tragica in C minor, Op. 39, No. 5. Next, Rachel Cheung ’13 MM will perform Johannes Brahms’s Six Pieces, Op. 118. Esther Park ’13 AD will play Mendelssohn’s Fantasy in F-sharp minor, “Sonate ecossaise,” Op. 28, and two selections from Bartók’s From Out of Doors.

This concert will stream live. Visit THIS PAGE at 6 pm EST on February 25 to watch the performance.

In addition, on March 11 in the Terrace Theater, the Kennedy Center presents a Three Cities Chamber Music Marathon of works from each of the three cities: Quatuor Thymos perform early twentieth-century music; members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform early music; and the third Conservatory Project Chamber Ensemble performs contemporary work as selected and directed by composer Johannes Maria Staud.

Pianist Lee Dionne ’13MM will represent the Yale School of Music in the Conservatory Project Chamber Ensemble, which is made up of a musician from each Conservatory Project school.

The Conservatory Project is an initiative of Performing Arts for Everyone’s Millennium Stage. The semi-annual event is designed to present the best young musical artists in classical, jazz, musical theater, opera, and more from our nation’s leading conservatories, colleges, and universities in performance at the Kennedy Center.

The project creates an ongoing showcase for our nation’s exceptional young talent and introduces Washington audiences to young musicians on their way to having important careers.

Watch past Conservatory Project performances by Yale School of Music students HERE.

Published February 14, 2012
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YSM pianists survey Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas

The Yale School of Music presents all of the Prokofiev Piano Sonatas in two pairs of performances: December 5 and 7 at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, and December 11 at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The concerts, which are presented by Yale in New York and the Horowitz Piano Series, feature performers selected in a competition open to all graduate-level piano students. The events mark the publication of a new performance edition of the sonatas, edited by faculty member and Prokofiev specialist Boris Berman.

The first program (Dec. 5 at 8 pm in New Haven, and Dec. 11 at 5:30 pm in New York) will frame the project by presenting the first and last of Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas. Naomi Woo ’13MM will perform the Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1; Euntaek Kim ’13AD will play the Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14; and David Fung ’12MMA will perform the second version of the Sonata No. 5 in C major. The second half of the concert opens with the Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103, performed by Esther Park ’12AD. The concert closes with the Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29, played by Scott MacIsaac ’14CERT. MORE

Published November 17, 2011
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Esther Park ’12AD wins second prize in Ima Hogg Competition

esther parkEsther Park ’12AD won the second prize in the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition, held June 2–4 at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

In addition to receiving the $2,500 Houston Symphony League Jerry Priest Award, Park will play Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Houston Symphony. Her performance will take place at Miller Theatre on June 25.

Named to honor the memory of Miss Ima Hogg, a co-founder of the Houston Symphony, this prestigious Competition is open to young musicians between the ages of 16 and 29 who play standard orchestral instruments or piano. Through the support of the Houston Symphony League, the Competition provides performance opportunities for aspiring musicians.

The semifinal round, in which ten semifinalists each performed two concertos with piano accompaniment, took place on Thursday, June 2 in Stude Concert Hall at Rice University. At the semifinals, four finalists were selected to perform one concerto with the Houston Symphony at the Finals Concert on Saturday, June 4.

Pianist Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as Asia and major European cities. She has appeared as soloist with many orchestras such as the Corpus Christi Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska (Poland), Orchestra Filarmonica (Romania), Shanghai Philharmonic, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen, Shreveport Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony. MORE

Published June 6, 2011
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