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Kun Woo Paik

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The Korean pianist, Kun-Woo Paik, gave his first concert, aged 10, with the Korean National Orchestra in Seoul, playing Grieg piano concerto. In the following years he performed many important works in Korea, including several premieres such as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Later he studied at the High School of Performing Arts in New York (1965), the Juilliard School of Music in New York (1965-1971, with diploma), in Italy with Rosina Lhevinne. He had further studies with Ivona Kabos in London, with Wilhelm Kempff and Guido Agosti in Italy. Kun-Woo Paik received Special prize at Dmitri Mitropoulos Competition in New York at age 15; Gold Medal at Busoni International Piano Competition in 1969; 1st Prize at Walter Naumburg Piano Competition in New York in 1971; Finalist at Leventritt Competition in 1971; Joseph Lhevinne Award; Franz Liszt Award.

Kun-Woo Paik made his New York orchestral debut with James Conlon in 1972. In his London debut, in 1974, he gave 3 recitals at Wigmore Hall. As recitalist he played at Alice Tully Hall in New York in 1971. Over the years he has performed recitals in major musical centres such as the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and Berlin Philharmonie. He has also performed with such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra (Last Night of the Proms 1987), Pittsburgh Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Rai Torino, Warsaw Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra and Polish National Radio Orchestra

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