Glass Sellers Musicians Series 4 – Soohong Park
The Winner of the coveted 2020 Gold Medal was Soohong Park who had won the Glass Sellers Beethoven Piano Prize Competition in 2016.
His winning performance was Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor accompanied by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Farnes.
Soohong Park was educated in Jeju, South Korea and then in Detmold, Germany. He completed both his Bachelor and Masters degrees at the Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, where he studied with Dina Ugorskaja, Alfredo Perl and Peter Orth. He won third prize at the Wiesbaden International Piano Competition in 2009 and during his studies in Germany, Soohong won first prize with his trio at the Auryn Chamber Music Competition in both 2015 and 2016.
He completed his Artist Masters at Guildhall School and undertook the Artist Diploma in 2019-20 under the direction of Ronan O’Hora. He was the winner of the Glass Sellers’ Beethoven Piano Prize at Guildhall in 2016 and second prize winner of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Intercollegiate Competition in 2017. In 2019, he was finalist at the Isang Yun International Competition in Tongyeong, South Korea and semi-finalist at the seventh Sendai International Music Competition in Japan. He has attended masterclasses with Bernd Götzke, Günter Ludwig, Richard Goode, Jonathan Biss, Ferenc Rados and Murray Perahia.
As a soloist, Soohong has performed at the Carl Loewe Festival in Lübejün (where his performance was broadcasted by MDR) and has given a recital at the Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius. His concerto performances include Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor Op 18 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor KV466 with the Verler Vier-Jahreszeiten-Orchester in Verl-Kaunitz, Germany; Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C major with the Guildhall Chamber Orchestra and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Orchestra of the Paderborn University Orchestra. In 2019, he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op 37 with the Sendai Philharmonic and Tongyeong Festival Orchestra.
His studies at Guildhall School were supported by The Sophie Satin Sergei Rachmaninov Award.
The final took place before a distinguished panel of judges including Guildhall School’s Vice-Principal & Director of Music Jonathan Vaughan; Emma Bloxham, Editor at BBC Radio 3; Nicholas Mathias, Director of IMG Artists; and the evening’s conductor Richard Farnes.
The Gold Medal award was founded and endowed by Sir H. Dixon Kimber in 1915. Since 1950 it has been open to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years. Previous winners include William Primrose (1922), Jacqueline du Pré (1960), Patricia Rozario (1979), Tasmin Little (1986) and Sir Bryn Terfel (1989).
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Gold Medal 2021.
This Year’s Gold Medal Competition was for singers, it alternates each year between singers and instrumentalists. For those who didn’t manage to tune in to see this year’s competition it is available online for a short time.