A native of Seoul, Korea, Siwon PARK won the 1997 Artist International Competition and was presented as the Recipient of The Special Presentation Award in her New York Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall.
Her solo appearances include performances of the Haydn and Saint-Saens Concertos in Carnegie Hall, New York and in Korea, as well as the Brahms Double Concerto in Hong Kong and Korea. Recent recitals took her to Kumho and Young San Art Halls, Sejong concert hall and Perigee hall in Seoul as well as City hall in Hong Kong. Ms. Park was also invited to be a jury member at the VIMC Vienna, Tom Lee and HKGNA International Music Competitions
Park studied at The Juilliard School and later on graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under the guidance of Paul Tobias, Zara Nelsova, Myung Wha Chung and Ardyth Alton. While attending at Manhattan School, Ms. Park had the honor to be recipient of the President Marta Istomin Award and the Hans & Klara Bauer Cello Scholarship. Her chamber music coaches were Jerry Grossman, Nathaniel Rosen, Yehuda Hanani and Alan Stepansky as well as members of the Guarneri, American& Vermeer String Quartets.
Park participated in the music festivals of The International Symphony Orchestra, Israel, The National Orchestra Institute (MD) and National Repertory Orchestra (CO) among others. As a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist, Park has performed in Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. She gave quartet recital at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, played in Musicarama – the International Contemporary Music Festival Concerts and recorded for RTHK (Radio 4) in Hong Kong.
Park is a prizewinner of other competitions including the Weschester SUNY, Korean Monthly Music Magazine Competition and the Youth String Orchestra Competition.
Currently, she is a member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Bauhinia Piano Trio. She is also a faculty member of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and teaches at the Hong Kong International School.
Described as a “deeply expressive” pianist in Music and Vision, Helen Cha enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, guest speaker, adjudicator and administrator.
Born in Shanghai, Cha has displayed exceptional competence in both academic studies and performance at a young age. She entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Junior Programme in 1993, becoming the first recipient of FRSM diploma in Hong Kong at 19, and finished her Bachelor Degree with first class honours in 2005 under the tutelage of Professor Gabriel Kwok. Twice awarded scholarships by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, she earned the Performer’s Certificate (2007), and her Doctorate of Musical Arts (2010) with Professor Nelita True at Eastman School of Music, and was appointed the Doctoral Marshal at the Commencement Ceremony by the Dean of Eastman School.
Cha claimed top prizes at the 12th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition Open Class, the concerto competitions at Piano Texas and at the Eastman School of Music, and Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition. A keen solo pianist and a chamber artist, Cha performed at various festivals and out-reach events, including Fête de la Musique, ISCM World Music Days, Le French May, HKS ArtisTree Residency, and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival. She has given concerts in North America, Italy, Moldova, England and mainland China, collaborating with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Moldova National Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, and performed under the baton of Yip Wai Hong, Yip Wing-sie, Mikhail Sechkin, Takuo Yuasa, Neil Varon, Emil de Cou and Patrick Souillot, among others.
Cha is currently the Music Director of Musica del Cuore, Artist-In-Residence at Academia de Musica St. Pio X, and a faculty at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor Op. 40 , II. Allegro
Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38