Following her Los Angeles debut, Haesun Paik was described as “a sensitive and thinking musician first and an awesome technician second.” She has performed throughout the world following her triumphs at major international piano competitions including a gold medal in the 1989 William Kapell International Competition, a silver medal in the 1991 Queen Elisabeth International piano Competition and a bronze medal in the 1994 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, as well as a prize in the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition.
Ms Paik has appeared with leading orchestras in the US, UK, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Poland and Russia and frequently gives recitals in those countries. Recent seasons have included a concert tour with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and solo appearances with the French National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Symphony Orchestra, the Kirov Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra and the Kazakhstan Orchestra.
In 2008, she was invited by the Tong Young International Music Festival in Korea, to be both recitalist and soloist. Upcoming concerts include recitals in Korea, Canada, New York, and Shanghai in China, and the Beethoven Cello Sonata cycle with the cellist Laurence Lesser in the US and Canada.
HaeSun Paik began piano lessons in her native Korea at the age of four. She is a graduate of New England Conservatory. Currently, Ms Paik divides her time between the U. S. and Korea, where she teaches at the Seoul National University and is the artistic director of Busan Music Festival. We are happy indeed to welcome HaeSun back after a two-year absence.