Heng-Jin Park, the new Artistic Director of Halcyon Music Festival, has been heralded as a “pianist of unusual artistry and musical imagination” by the Washington Post. Richard Dyer, of The Boston Globe, also wrote of Ms. Park: “A centered musician with uncommon control over the sonorous possibilities of her instrument; she plays boldly with a full spectrum of colors.”
Ms. Park started playing the piano at age 5, and ten years later made her solo debut with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall, performing the Schumann Piano Concerto. She has had return engagements with the Boston Pops, and has made concerto appearances with the Boston Classical Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, L’Orchestre Symphonique Française, and many others. She has given solo recitals in Boston’s Jordan Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, Ambassador Hall in California, and the Gardner Museum in Boston, as well as concerts in Canada, France, Switzerland and Korea. Ms. Park has also been featured in the Boston Celebrity Series.
A passionate chamber musician, Heng-Jin Park is the founding member and current pianist of the Boston Trio. Ms. Park has performed internationally with this ensemble, in some of the most respected concert series and venues, including Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Sanders Theater, UCLA, BYU, Sanibel Festival in Florida, Rockefeller University, Kolarac Hall in Belgrade (Serbia), Maui Chamber Music Festival, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and the University of Winnipeg, Canada. The trio has been in residence at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is currently the ensemble-in-residence at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
Outside of her work with the Boston Trio, Ms. Park has been a guest artist with First Monday Concert Series in Jordan Hall, Andover Chamber Music Series, the Boston Chamber Music Society, Boston Musica Viva, Music at Eden’s Edge, Market Square Concerts in Pennsylvania, the University of Kansas, Penn State, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, ArtMusic Concerts in Dallas, and the Walden Chamber Players. She has collaborated with such artists as the Borromeo String Quartet, the Fry Street Quartet, Martin Chalifour, Peter Stumpf, Ronald Thomas, and Andres Diaz. Ms. Park has made numerous appearances on WGBH and other NPR stations around the country, and has recorded for Albany and Centaur Records.
Concurrently with her performing activities, Ms. Park enjoys an international pedagogical reputation in both piano and chamber music. As a coach and program co-coordinator of a chamber music course at Harvard College, she has received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching award numerous times. A member of the piano faculty at MIT and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, she has taught chamber music at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Walnut Hill School, and gives frequent master classes worldwide.
Ms. Park held the position of Artistic Director at the Killington Music Festival (Vermont), from 2011 to 2013.
Born in Korea and raised in the Boston area, Ms. Park studied with Leonard Shure and Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory. While working toward her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at NEC, she won a number of awards, including the Tourjée Grant for graduate study and the Frank H. Beebe Grant for study abroad. She also worked with Marie-Françoise Bucquet at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. She currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.