July’s House Concert – to be held in Hampstead – features piano music for two, four and six hands:
July House Concert: Korea x Taiwan Classical Collaboration
Seunghye Park, Yu-Chieh Li & Chih-Jung Lai (piano)
F. Liszt: Totentanz for Solo Piano S.525
Arr. Seunghye Park: Arirang Variations (Korean Traditional Folk Song)
A. Scriabin: Valse Op.38
A. Scriabin: Vers La Flamme, Op.72
Yu-Chieh Lin & Chih-Jung Lai
F. Schubert: Fantasie In F Minor, D.940
Yu-Chieh Lin & Chih-Jung Lai
Chiung-Ying Chang: Spin & Spring (2014)
Seunghye Park, Yu-Chieh Lin & Chih-Jung Lai
S. Rachmaninoff: Valse & Romance For 6 Hands – arr Kocsis, Vásáry And Dráfi
Seunghye Park is an acclaimed pianist, composer and music producer who performs worldwide. In 2021, Seunghye has released her debut classical album, ‘The Virtuoso’ with Sony Classical. The album includes virtuosic works from Liszt, Prokofiev and Chopin and two of her compositions. Prior to the album, she released her solo digital single, ’Dolente’, which includes two tracks; ‘Winter Story’ and ‘Dolente’. Her composition ‘Winter Story’ ranked No.42 in the TOP100 Classical Chart from Genie Music. A gifted pianist Seunghye Park performed her own arrangements at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea. After the splendid performance, she released her first classical hip-hop crossover music album, ‘JS Twinkle (Our Story is About to Start)’. Seunghye Park studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music under professor, William Fong and is supported by an annual scholarship, ‘Skyrme Hart Charitable Trust Scholarship’. Seunghye has performed in many countries such as South Korea, Belgium and the UK. She has performed in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Duke’s Hall and David Josefowitz Hall. In 2022, Seunghye held her debut solo composition recital at Susie Sainsbury Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music where she performed her own compositions and arrangements. She was chosen to perform in Wigmore Hall in the ‘Jaques Samuel Junior Piano Festival 2015’. She was the winner of ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition’ and ‘The Mad About Mozart Competition’ ran by Classical FM, Sony UK and the world-renowned pianist Lang Lang. Recently, she performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 with Portobello Orchestra at St Peter’s Church at Notting Hill.
Yu-Chieh Lin is a Taiwanese Classical Pianist born in 1999. He finished the Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal College of Music London in 2021, studying Piano with professor Norma Fisher and Jane Chapman on the harpsichord as a second study. Yu-Chieh is currently pursuing his master degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying with professor Ronan O’Hora, Noriko Ogawa and Charles Owen. He is generously supported by The Franby Scholarship and The Longbao Co.,Ltd (Taiwan). At the age of 10, he decided to pursue a career as a professional musician, moving to Russia to study at the Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow with Mikhail Khokhlov from 2009-2017. He graduated from Gnessin School in 2017 with a perfect score in piano performance. Since the age of 12 he has regularly perform in many cities in Russia, Asia and Europe. He has performed in concert venues such as The Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona, Rachmaninoff Hall of The Moscow Conservatory, Mozarteum Solitar Hall Salzburg and so on. He received crucial inspiration from studying with world leading pianists such as Norma Fisher, Dmitri Alexeev, Michel Beroff, Alexander Romanovsky, Vanessa Latarche, Ronan O’Hora, Noriko Ogawa, Charles Owen, Mikhail Khokhlov and Dina Parakhina. Yu-Chieh has won over 10 top prizes in International competitions, including the 9th International Competition of Slavic Music, 5th international Wanda Landowska Harpsichord Competition in Italy, Laureate of the Moscow Scriabin Scholar Competition, The third prize at the 7th Riga International Piano Competition for young pianist 2018.
Pianist Chih-Jung Lai made his concerto debut with Kaohsiung Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2007, playing Mendelssohn’s first concerto. He has performed in numerous concert halls including Taipei National Concert Hall, National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts, Rector’s Palace in Croatia, etc. He is also selected to play in several masterclasses and festivals, such as Salzburg Festival under Dominique Merlet and Robert Levin, and workshop by Maria João Pires. Chih-Jung is currently studying at the Royal College of Music for Artist Diploma under Ilya Kondratiev and Sofya Gulyak. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from the National Taipei University of the Arts (Taiwan) where he studied with German pianist, Rolf- Peter Wille. Wille’s guidance nurtured Chih-Jung’s interest in German-speaking composers, especially Beethoven and Schubert. Chih-Jung has won prizes at several national and international competitions, including first prize in the International Haydn Piano Competition in Vienna, and second prize in the national piano competition in Taiwan