Praised for her deep musicianship, effortless technique, and structurally sound interpretations, cellist Angela Park is establishing herself as a compelling musician of her generation.
"Park was especially impressive" -artsBHAM
Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator, Angela Park has performed and taught throughout the North and South Americas, Europe, and East Asia. Notable appearances are solo concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic; chamber music appearances at the Marlboro, Verbier, and Ravinia Festivals; and being on faculty at the Curtis Summerfest and the Siete Lagos Festival of Villa Angostura, Argentina.
In recent seasons, Angela has performed with the inspiring Gamut Bach Ensemble Philadelphia, with Anne-Sophie Mutter on her Virtuosi European Tour, and has returned to perform at the Marlboro Music Festival, Curtis Summerfest, and Festival de los Siete Lagos in Argentina. In 2012, she was awarded the Silver Medal and Seongyawng Park Talent Award at the International Isang Yun Competition.
With her passion for chamber music, a performance of hers at Marlboro was praised “deft and sophisticated” by the Boston Globe, and she has regularly performed at festivals such as Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, Ravinia Festival, Verbier Festival, Twickenham, and Perlman Chamber Music Workshop. She has worked with the most inspiring chamber music colleagues such as Leonidas Kavakos, Miriam Fried, Peter Wiley, Bruno Canino, Kim Kashkashian, and Richard Goode, and has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Orchestra, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
Angela is increasingly in demand as a continuo player. She often performs the Bach Suites in a baroque setup, and has played continuo at the Pyeongchang Music Festival with Helsinki Baroque, as well as for the Gamut Bach Ensemble Philadelphia. In addition to performing standard recital programs, she also has a deep interest in the music of our times and is dedicated to playing the works of living composers, and has taken part in dozens of world premieres.
As a writer, Angela is a regular contributor to the online forum Cello Project Korea as interviewer and translator, and was extensively featured on the forum in March 2015. She has also translated Anner Bylsma's book of the first Bach Suites into Korean.
Born in 1987 in California to Korean parents, Angela started playing the cello at age 10 with Sungeun Hong and Kyungmi Lim. Performing from an early age soon thereafter, Angela won virtually every competition in Korea and made her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of 12. At age 14, she started her studies at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music with Peter Wiley and the late Orlando Cole. There started her long relationship and love for the chamber music literature while working with luminaries such as Steven Tenenbom, Pamela Frank, Joseph Silverstein, and Meng-Chieh Liu. While at Curtis, she made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach.
Upon graduation, Angela was selected to study with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory, where she was a recipient of the Gregor Piatigorsky Fellowship. She also won the Haydn Concerto Competition which led to a performance with the Chamber Orchestra of NEC, and graduated with Academic Awards, Master of Music, and Graduate Diploma. Afterwards, she moved to Berlin to study with the acclaimed cellist Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste Berlin in the Konzertexamen Program, where she was a DAAD Scholar (German Academic Exchange), graduating with highest distinction in 2013. Angela has played one season with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mariss Jansons before serving as associate principal of the Seoul Philharmonic, hired by former music director Myung-whun Chung, until 2016. www.angela-park.com
Angela plays a 1845 Pierre et Hippolyte Silvestre cello of Lyon and a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, which is generously on private loan.