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Christopher Park is a pianist who captivates with his fascinating technical mastery, astounding musical maturity, and a particularly intense performance style” – this was the explanation given by the jury by the Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival upon awarding Christopher Park the renowned Leonard Bernstein Award 2014. He thereby joined the ranks of noteworthy musicians such as Lang Lang, Lisa Batiashvili and Martin Grubinger, who all started their careers with this internationally sought-after award.

Numerous important ensembles have engaged Park, a Bamberg-born musician with German-Korean roots, including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, both Frankfurt and North German Radio Symphony Orchestras, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, Spanish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, China NCPA Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Chambre Orchestra of Lausanne, English Chamber Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony, to name but a few. In November 2014, Christopher Park stood in for Emanuel Ax to great success with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, only a few months after his widely celebrated début in Hamburg.

In the 2016/2017 concert season, Christopher Park has been chosen as “Rising Star“ by the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation). Therefore he will debut in Europe’s renowned concert halls in London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Vienna, Stockholm, Barcelona, Budapest, Lisboa and others.

Alongside his engagements as a soloist, for which he has gained recognition in the form of various scholarships and awards (e.g. the Rheingau Music Festival to support new talent), he is passionately involved in chamber music. He made his début in the Brahms Saal of the Vienna Musikverein at the end of 2014 with the Küchl Quartet, which comprises members of the Vienna Philharmonic. After that the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra nominated him as their candidate for the Credit-Suisse Award. He has also played with Avi Avital, Richard O’Neill, Leticia Moreno and Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas and accompanied singers including Sumi Jo. He has collaborated with John Neumeier on various projects such as Stravinsky’s Petrushka Variations, Schumann’s Kinderszenen and suites by Johann Sebastian Bach.

His new solo CD with works by Schumann, Stravinsky and Neuwirth was celebrated in European magazines as “brilliant recording” and “reference version”. He is currently working on a new CD project with violinist Amalia Hall – who was recently appointed as the concert master of the Wellington Symphony Orchestra. To our delight she is visiting Cape Town during this time, and she will join Christopher in this concert with one or two ‘sneak peeks’ from their upcoming project.

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