The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London

Glass Sellers’ Beethoven Piano Prize 2016

Master, William Knocker and Soohong Park

Master, William Knocker and Soohong Park

On Thursday, 17 November the Guildhall School of Music & Drama held the second annual Glass Sellers’ Beethoven Piano Prize. This year’s winner was Soohong Park for an outstanding performance of Sonata in E major No.30, Op. 109.

The adjudicator was Bryce Morrison, professor of keyboard literature and performance at The Royal Academy of Music.

The Glass Sellers’ Company, through our charity, awards the prize each year to a Guildhall School pianist who performs the most stylistic and engaging performance of a Beethoven sonata. Soohong’s exceptional performance makes him a well deserved winner.

Soohong Park was born in Jeju, South Korea. He completed his Bachelor and Masters of Chamber Music degrees at the Musikhochschule Detmold studying under Dina Urgorskaja, Alfredo Perl and Peter Orth. He is currently studying piano performance on the Guildhall Artist Masters course with Ronan O’Hara. He has attended masterclasses by Menahem Pressler, Ivan Klánský, Bernd Gotzke, Günter Ludwig, the Guarneri trio and the Cologne Piano trio from who he received a scholarship in 2012. As a soloist Soohong has performed at the Carl Loewe festival in Lubejun, Philharmonie in Vilnius. As a chamber musician, he has played with his trio at the Weinberg Festival in Detmold and with the Orchestra of the University of Paderborn.

The other finalists were:
Martha Puig – Sonata in E flat major No.13, Op.27
Marina Staneva – Six Bagatelles Op.126
Krzysztof Moskalewicz – Sonata in E flat major No13. Op.27

The Glass Sellers’ Company is delighted to support the Guildhall School and continue our long-standing commitment to aspiring young musicians.