Taejun Park

Born in 1991 in Seoul to a family of musicians, violinist Taejun Park was only ten years old when he made an acclaimed début at the Winspear Hall in Edmonton, Canada, after being unanimously awarded first prize at the Kiwanis Music Festival. Taejun was admitted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, already at the age of twelve, where he studied with Aaron Rosand for four years. At Curtis, he received further musical guidance from artists such as Gary Graffman, Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank. After moving to Germany, Taejun completed his „European Baccalaureate“ while being enrolled as a Pre-College student at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Albrecht Breuninger. He has also participated in masterclasses with musicians such as Ivry Gitlis, Pavel Vernikov, Rainer Kussmaul, András Keller, Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann. Taejun was awarded first prizes at the J & A Beare Bach Competition (2010) in London and at the Moritzburg Festival (2014) as a primarius of his string quartet. He is also a recipient of several scholarships, such as the „Louisa Knapp Fellowship“, „Landdessammlung Baden-Württemberg“ and from „Kulturfonds Baden e.V.“. As an orchestral musician, Taejun has worked in projects in leading positions as a concertmaster or as an associate, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Heinrich Schiff, Lahav Shani, Mario Venzago and Christian Ehwald. He has collaborated with institutions such as the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker, Gustav Mahler Akademie in Bolzano, Carl Flesch Akademie in Baden-Baden, Accademia Internazionale Estiva in Cervo and TIHMS in Bergen. Taejun received his bachelor’s and master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler” in Berlin under the tutelage of Kolja Blacher. Equally a passionate chamber musician and a fierce intellectual, he has simultaneously studied intensive quartet literature with Eberhard Feltz and Uwe-Martin Haiberg. As of 2019, Taejun continues to pursue his Konzertexamen degree at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg im Breisgau under the direction of Sebastian Hamann and plays on the violin of Enrico Rocca (1880) on generous loan from a private donor.

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accompanist – Bartłomiej Wezner

STAGE I

  1. S. Bach – Sonata for violin solo No. 2 in A minor BWV 1003
  2. Ysaÿe – Sonata for violin solo No. 3 in D minor Op. 27
  3. Paganini – Capriccio solo No. 11 in C major Op. 1

STAGE II

  1. van Beethoven – Sonata for violin and piano No. 7 in C minor Op. 30
  2. Lipiński – Polonaise in A major No. 1 Op. 9
  3. Ravel – Tzigane, Rhapsody for violin and piano in D major M. 76

STAGE III

  1. Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35

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