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Christopher Park

Asso­ci­ate Professor

Piano, Accompaniment, Guitar and Accordion Department

  • Nominated by the Musikverein Vienna & Konzerthaus Vienna – ECHO Rising Star 2017.
  • Nominated by the Vienna Philharmonic – Credit-Suisse-Award 2015.
  • "Christopher Park is a pianist who captivates with his fascinating technical mastery, astounding musical maturity, and a particularly intense performance style" – Leonard Bernstein Award 2014.
  • "Christopher Park is particularly fascinating because of the combination of technical expertise, musical persuasiveness and a striking charisma" – Rheingau-Musik-Festival 2012.

About Christopher Park

Numerous important orchestras have engaged Park, a Bamberg-born musician, including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre Lausanne, Spanish National Orchestra, China NCPA Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony.

He has worked with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvi, Sebastian Weigle, Bruno Weil, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Dimitri Kitaenko. He has given concerts in Europe, Asia and America, and played at events including the Ravinia Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Quincena Musical de San Sebastián. Park debuted in Europe’s renowned concert halls, at Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Konserthus Stockholm, Palau de la Música Barcelona, Müpa Budapest, Gulbenkoan Lisboa and others. At the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, he had the honour of giving the first piano recital during its opening week.

Alongside his engagements as a soloist, he is passionately involved in chamber music. He made his début in the Brahms Saal of the Vienna Musikverein in 2014 with the Küchl Quartet. He has also played with Avi Avital, Pablo Ferrandez, Marc Bouchkov, Sumi Jo, Richard O’Neill, Leticia Moreno, Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas, the Pavel-Haas and Armida Quartet. He has collaborated with John Neumeier on various projects such as Stravinsky’s Petrushka Variations, Schumann’s Kinderszenen and Suites by Bach.

Park was influenced by two major musical traditions during his studies: the Russian school of Lev Oborin with Lev Natochenny as well as the German school of Wilhelm Kempff with Joachim Volkmann. He himself taught at the Dr Hoch's Conservatory Frankfurt, the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt and at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.