Siwon PARK, cello
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.
A prizewinner of other competitions including the Weschester SUNY, Korean Monthly Music Magazine Competition and the Youth String Orchestra Competition, she has made solo appearances 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 Concert 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. She 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. She is also a member of the Bauhinia Trio.
Currently, she is a member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the HKS Piano Trio. She is also a faculty member of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and teaches at the Hong Kong International School.
Helen Cha, piano
Hailed as a “deeply expressive” pianist in Music and Vision, Helen Cha is the Music Director of Musica del Cuore and the Artist-In-Residence at Academia S. Pio X.
Claiming top prizes at the 12th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition Open Class, Piano Texas Concerto Competition, Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition, and Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition, Cha has given concerts in USA, UK, Italy, Austria, Belarus, Moldova, South Korea and mainland China, collaborating with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Ballet, Moldova National Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and a number of local ensembles, under the baton of Yip Wing-sie, Takuo Yuasa, Mikhail Sechkin, Patrick Souillot, Neil Varon and Emil de Cou, among others, and appeared at festivals like Fête de la Musique, ISCM World Music Days, Le French May, HKS ArtisTree Residency, and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.
A sought-after young educator, Cha became Studio Assistant to world-renowned pedagogue Professor Nelita True and Teaching Assistant in Music Theory and Musicianship at the Eastman School of Music in 2006. At age 26, she was appointed the Coordinator in Performance Studies and Lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Music. She has given workshops, lectures and masterclasses presented by local universities, Music Office (LCSD), EXCEL Summer Piano Festival (HKAPA), Hong Kong Professional Piano Education Academy, Hong Kong Piano Music Association and guest faculty at the Hong Kong International Piano Performance and Education Conference (2013-2015). She serves regularly as Western Music Advisor for the Chinese University Department of Music, and has been an adjudicator for local and international competitions. She is the presenter of “Chamber Fragrance”, “Debussy Recollection” and “Non-Stop Classics” on RTHK, and a featured performer in Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Gold Record “This is Classical Music 3” (2014).
Entering the HKAPA Junior division at age 9, Cha became first recipient of Fellowship Diploma (with distinction) from the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music in Hong Kong and an awardee of Jockey Club Scholarship during college, and finished her Bachelor Degree with first class honours in 2005 under Gabriel Kwok. Subsequently, she earned the Performer’s Certificate (2007), Master of Music (2007), Master of Arts (2009) and her Doctorate of Musical Arts (2010) at the Eastman School of Music with highest academic achievements, and was appointed the Master and Doctorate Marshals respectively in 2009 and 2010 by the Dean.