SUSIE PARK | BIOGRAPHY
Hailed as “prodigiously talented” (Washington Post) and praised for her “freedom, mastery and fantasy” (La Libre, Belgium), Australian Susie Park has gained worldwide recognition for her searing emotive range and dynamic stage presence. Concertising around the world she has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, major Australian orchestras including those of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, WestAustralia and Canberra, Korea’s KBS orchestra, the Lille National Orchestra under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin in France and the Wellington Sinfonia, New Zealand. Recent performances include recitals throughout the US and Australia and appearances in venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Barbes and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Symphony Hall in Boston, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Among her numerous awards and honours, Miss Park was a top prize winner of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the Wieniawski Competition (Poland), and winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition (France), resulting in performances and re-engagements throughout the US and Europe. She won the Richard Goldner Concerto Competition and the Ernest Llewellyn String Award, took top prize at the national string division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Young Performer’s Award and her performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was televised nationally, earning her the Victorian Premier’s Award.
“Park plays with a sweet, acutely focused tone, and her mix of musical elegance and bristling virtuosity fits her colleagues’ style like a well-tailored glove.” – Miami Herald.
Miss Park was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre Two from 2006-2009, collaborating with such Society members as Wu Han, Gary Hoffman and Ida Kavafian. She has participated in numerous tours with Musicians from Marlboro to critical acclaim as a result of her three consecutive summers in residence at the Marlboro Music Festival. Collaborations include performances with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard Emerson and Cleveland Quartets, Kim Kashkashian and Jaime Laredo and her numerous festival appearances include Music from Angelfire in New Mexico, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, England, the Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Austria and Israel’s Keshet Eilon.
Miss Park is also a founding member of ECCO, a conductor-less chamber orchestra comprised of some of the most talented young chamber musicians, soloists and principal string players in major American orchestras. Translating this diversity of experience and virtuosity into a unified ensemble approach, ECCO combines the strength and power of an orchestral ensemble with the personal, intimate nature of chamber music. In December 2009, Miss Park performed with trumpeter Chris Botti in forty-one consecutive shows at the Blue Note Jazz club, New York.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Miss Park first picked up the violin at age three, making her solo recital debut at the age of five. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory. Miss Park served as Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony and the New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and her teachers included Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Shi-Xiang (Peter) Zhang and Christopher Kimber.
Miss Park enjoys knitting, garment design and creative arts. She currently resides in New York City.