'Her technique and command over the instrument are breath-taking, her playing being fully devoted to the music.'
Hyeyoon Park is an artist of outstanding focus and virtuosity, combining effortlessly rich sonority with musical integrity. The youngest ever winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2009, she is in demand as both a soloist and chamber musician.
Forthcoming highlights this season include performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the opening of the Night Serenades International Music Festival, Georgia and Paul Klee Centre, Bern. She performs with Stuttgart Philhamonic (Prokofiev 1), Johannesburg Philharmonic and KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic (Shostakovich 1). In recital, Hyeyoon appears at Snape Summer Festival, Spotlight Chamber, Villa Pappendorf, Gran Canaria and at Piano Musée Wurth. Chamber projects include European touring with her long-standing Piano Quartet colleagues - Kian Soltani, Timothy Ridout and Benjamin Grosvenor including at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Laeiszhalle, Hamburg as well as part of a horn trio with Ben Goldscheider and Fiachra Garvey in a programme of Huw Watkins and Brahms.
Photo: Andrej Grilc
Recent engagements include critically-acclaimed performances with both the Hallé Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia alongside Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Benjamin Grosvenor in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto of which the Guardian wrote: “Thematic material…was most expressively phrased: Kanneh-Mason and Park were well matched in sweetness of tone”, Orchester Mainz, Poznan Philharmonic, Hitzacker Festival, Cologne Philharmonie, Zuger Sinfonietta, IMUKO Festival, Iasi Philharmonic at the Classix Festival (Vivaldi’s Four Seasons). She has also worked with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Chamber Orchestra of Belgium, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener KammerOrchester, Mariinsky Orchestra St Petersburg, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Tokyo and London Philharmonic Orchestra, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin, Orchestra of Casa da Musica Porto, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bath Philharmonia.
A passionate chamber musician, she regularly appears at major festivals and venues such as Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, London’s Southbank Centre, Birmingham’s Town Hall, Spannungen Festival Heimbach, Moritzburg Festival, Les Rencontres Musicales d'Évian, Internationales Musikfestival Koblenz, Molyvos International Music Festival and Marlboro Festival at the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida. She has collaborated with Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Yuri Bashmet, Lars Vogt, Daniel Hope, Alban Gerhardt, Jan Vogler and Florian Uhlig.
She gave the world premiere of a work written for her by composer Mark Bowden with Huw Watkins at the Newbury Spring Festival, subsequently recording this for the NMC record label. She has also given recitals at the Tonhalle Zurich, Wiener Konzerthaus, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Musical Olympus Festival and Les Violons de la Paix.
A Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award holder in 2011, in 2023 as part of the Trust’s 20th anniversary celebrations Hyeyoon collaborated with fellow BBT alumna - composer Kate Whitely - on ‘Verified’ which received its World Premiere with the Multi-Story Orchestra at Bold Tendencies.
Hyeyoon received the London Music Masters Award in 2012, and is now a proud Ambassador of the same charity, which gives children from underprivileged areas a much-needed platform to experience classical music education in the UK.
Her debut digital release on Decca Classics in 2022 to mark Vaughan Williams’ 150th anniversary featured the ever-popular Lark Ascending in its original scoring for violin and piano, alongside pianist Benjamin Grosvenor which was praised for its ‘soaring beauty with an almost conversational intimacy’ (Record Review, BBC Radio 3).
Hyeyoon studied at the junior colleges of the Korean National University of Arts and University of Cincinnati with Professor Piotr Milewski. She also studied with Professor Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and with Christian Tetzlaff as a Young Soloist at the Kronberg Academy, where she completed her Master’s degree in 2016 which was kindly supported by the Nikolas Gruber Stipendium.
Hyeyoon plays a violin made by German violin-maker, Stefan-Peter Greiner.
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