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Jun Kyu Park

Biography

Marie-Andrée Gray

Praised for his “deep and in depth sound” by Kukmin daily newspaper of Korea, Jun Kyu Park is a Korean-born cellist who has immigrated to Canada and expanded his musical training. Inspired by his family’s musical and artistic background, Park began his musical studies at the age of seven. Park has earned the Artist Diploma while receiving full scholarship at Hartt School as a member of prestigious 20/20 ensemble program. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Cello Performance from the University of McGill with Major Entrance Scholarship. Formerly, he was accepted into world-renowned Yewon arts school and Seoul arts high school in Korea. He served as a principal and a section leader in a number of orchestras such as Banff summer music festival, Hartt symphony orchestra, Tongyoung music festival, and Bucheon youth orchestra. Park’s notable awards include first prizes in Canadian Music Competition, Sookmyung Women’s University Music Competition, Nanpa Music Competition, Kukminilbo & Hansei University Music Competition, Seoul Student Chamber Music Competition, Hanyang University Music Competition, Seoul Symphony Orchestra Music Competition, CBS National Music Competition, Kyeongin Ilbo Music Competition, Catholic University Music Competition, and Bucheon-Si National Music Competition.

Park has appeared as a soloist with renowned orchestras in Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra where he was praised for his vibrant and charismatic performances. To name a few, he spent his summers at Banff summer music festival in Canada, Nice music festival in France, Tongyoung music festival in South Korea, and Great Mountain Music festival in South Korea. Park appeared in master classes of Lynn Harrell, Colin Carr, Carter Brey, Michael Reynolds, Raphael Wallfisch, Lluis Claret, Aldo Parisot, Jian Wang, Ralph Kirschbaum, Myung Hwa Jung. Park was taught under acclaimed cellists such as Sung Eun Hong, Mihal Tetel, and Matt Haimovitz. Currently, Park is continuing his master’s degree at the University of Toronto as a full scholarship acceptance in 2013 fall session. Pursuing his ambition and vision towards classical and contemporary music, Park continues to emerge as a prominent soloist with different orchestras and ensemble in Asia and America.