Pianist Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as in Asia and major European cities. She has appeared as soloist with many orchestras such as the Houston Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, Corpus Christi Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska, Poland, Orchestra Filarmonica, Romania, Shanghai Philharmonic, China, Shreveport Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony.
Esther gave a five-city recital tour in Korea, and has performed at the Juilliard Theater in NYC, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Halls’ Weill Recital Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Palau de la Musica, Valencia, Spain and in the Dame Myra Hess Piano Recital Series, Chicago. She has appeared at the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara), the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, the Tel-Hai International Music Festival in Israel and the Van Cliburn-TCU Institute in Texas. She has been heard in New York on WQXR Radio station as the winner of the 52nd Kosciuszko International Competition and the Gina Bachauer Competition.
Esther has recently formed a piano duo with her sister, Sun-A Park. Duo Amadeae has since won the Chicago International Duo Piano Competition and has appeared in numerous festivals, concerto performances and in duo recitals. The duo has been heard on WQXR as well as in part of the Horowitz & Stecher foundation’s piano series.
She is the winner of the 2013 Jose Roca International Piano Competition and the 2013 Russian International Music Competition. Esther is also the winner of the 2009 “Prix Amadeo” and the 2009 Chopin Gesellschaft Klavierwettbewerb. She received top prizes at the 3rd San Marino International Piano Competition, the 3rd China Shanghai International Piano Competition, the 6th Paderewski International Piano Competition, the National Chopin Competition (USA), Hilton Head International Competition, the 14th New Orleans International Piano Competition and is the recipient of the President Clinton’s Prodigy Award.
Born in Pusan, Korea, Esther began to play in public soon after her first piano lessons at the age of four. She moved to the United States in 1995, after being accepted to the Juilliard School’s Pre-College division. She has completed the undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Juilliard School, studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky. She has also studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Hannover, under the tutelage of Mr. Bernd Goetzke. Esther has since received the Artist Diploma, Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Mr. Boris Berman. Since 2015, She has been serving as the associate professor of piano and the director of the Pre-College program at the East Tennessee State University.