Chaeyoung Park

Chaeyoung Park, piano

December 16, 2021 | Polsky Theatre

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Chaeyoung Park performs around the world but calls Lawrence, Kansas, her second home.

Pianist Chaeyoung Park has been described as a passionate musician “who does not play a single note without thought or feeling” (New York Concert Review). Winner of the 2019 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, she has presented thoughtfully curated programs on major stages such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as well as in intimate house concerts. Most recently, she has given solo recitals at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and Green Lake Music Festival and has performed for audiences worldwide in live-streamed recitals presented by the Gilmore Rising Stars series, the Carlsen Center, and the Lied Center of Kansas virtual series. She regularly performs with orchestras around the U.S.

Since winning her first international competition at age 13, Park has been a top prizewinner in numerous international competitions, including the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Competition, the Cleveland International Young Artists Competition, and the Yamaha USASU International Senior Piano Competition. Since Park’s first concerto appearance at age 14, she has performed with all major orchestras in Kansas, including the Kansas City Symphony under the baton of Michael Stern. Other engagements include the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with Neil Varon, Utah Symphony Orchestra with Rei Hotoda, New Millennium Symphony with Francesco Milioto, Canton Symphony Orchestra with Gerhardt Zimmermann, Lake Forest Symphony with Vladimir Kulenovic, and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra with John Morris Russell.

As a dedicated chamber musician, she has participated in Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Kneisel Hall, and Juilliard ChamberFest, and performed at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR, Harvard Club in New York City, First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota, and Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia. When COVID-19 made in-person collaborations difficult, she participated in multiple online layering projects to keep her love of chamber music alive.

South Korean-born, and raised in Kansas from age ten, Park considers Lawrence, Kansas, her second home. It was in Kansas that she spent eight years studying with her teacher, Jack Winerock. Partial to intimate gatherings, she has performed more than 60 house recitals in Kansas. She returns frequently to share music with her community and to visit her family and two cats.

A proud alum of the Kovner Fellowship, Park is currently pursuing the Artist Diploma at the Juilliard School with Robert McDonald. Her debut recording features the complete Musica Ricercata by Ligeti and Piano Sonata No. 3 by Brahms on the Steinway label, and is set to release in 2021.


Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16
Äußerst bewegt (extremely animated)
Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch (very inwardly and not too quickly)
Sehr aufgeregt (very agitated)
Sehr langsam (very slowly)
Sehr lebhaft (very lively)
Sehr langsam (very slowly)
Sehr rasch (very fast)
Schnell und spielend (fast and playful)
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84
Andante dolce
Andante sognando