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Hyeyoon Park - String masterclass, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Thursday 16th May

Hyeyoon Park c Andrej Grilc 07

RIAM is delighted to have one of West Wicklow Festival's 2024 performers, violinist Hyeyoon Park, give a masterclass in the RIAM on Thursday, 16th May, from 10:00 to 12:30.

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.

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).

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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