Join us on Saturday, February 19 at 2:00 pm for an afternoon of music for piano four-hands. The concert will feature Esther Park and Sun-A Park, both distinguished pianists, performing together as Duo Amadeae.



Program

Composer Work Year
Franz Schubert Lebensstürme in A minor, D. 947 1828
Franz Schubert Rondo in A major, D. 951 1828
Felix Mendelssohn Andante and Allegro Brillant, Op. 92 1841
Intermission
Amy Cheney Beach Ballade, Op. 6 1894
George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue 1924


About the Artists

Duo Amadeae

Duo Amadeae, formed in 2014 by sister pianists Esther and Sun-A Park, is enjoying both their solo and duo career internationally. Winners of the 2016 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition, Duo Amadeae is enjoying appearances around the world at important venues including the Lincoln Center (NYC), Het Concertgebouw in the Netherlands, Slovak Philharmonic Hall in Slovakia, National Dublin Hall in Ireland, Tel Aviv Museum of Arts in Israel, Sendai Cultural Center in Japan, and Miguel Delibes Cultural Center in Spain.

Esther and Sun-A received international recognition in several competitions including first prizes at the 52nd and 61st Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, and top prizes at the 5th International Sendai Music Competition (Sendai, 2013), Jose Roca Piano Competition (Valencia, 2013), 58th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, 2011), Paderewski Internatonal Piano Competition (Bydgoszcz) and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (Salt Lake City). At Yale School of Music, the sisters won the Woolsey concerto competition, both performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Yale Philharmonia (Esther in 2012 and Sun-A in 2015).

As active performers, the two pianists performed recitals in major venues in United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. Concerto engagements include the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, San Marino Republic Orchestra, Orchester Haydn, New Jersey Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, San Martino Republic Symphony, Albany Symphony, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Castilla y León under the direction of such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Neeme Järvi, Eiji Oue, Arthur Hagen, and Krzysztof Urbanski.

The duo’s broad musical interests allow them to move with ease between concerti, recitals, and chamber music. Duo Amadeae is passionate about nurturing the next generation of duo/solo pianists, and has given masterclasses and workshops at the Chicago Duo Institute and the East Tennessee State University’s Pre-College Department. Upcoming concert engagements for Duo Amadeae includes concert appearances in a multi-city tour in South Korea, and in ETSU Piano Recital Series in Johnson City, Tennessee.


Esther Park

Pianist Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as Asia and major European cities. Dr. Park has appeared as soloist with many orchestras such as 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.

Born in Pusan, Korea, Dr. Park began to play in public soon after her first piano lessons at the age of four. Dr. Park moved to the United States in 1995, after being accepted to the Juilliard School’s Pre-College division. She completed the undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School, studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Dr. Park has also studied at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Hannover, under the tutelage of Mr. Bernd Goetzke. She has since received the Artist Diploma, Master of Musical Arts degrees and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Mr. Boris Berman. Dr. Park began at East Tennessee State University in 2015.


Sun-A Park

Acclaimed for “exquisite clarity” and “remarkable virtuosity”, Korean-American pianist Sun-A Park is quickly establishing herself as one of the exciting pianists of her generation. Since making her orchestral debut with the New Jersey and Houston Symphony Orchestras, Ms. Park has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, Manuel de Falla Auditorium in Spain, Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Juilliard Theater in New York.

Ms. Park was born in Busan, South Korea and grew up in New Jersey. She began to play the piano at the age of four and later studied with Seymour Bernstein of New York University. Ms. Park completed her undergraduate and graduate studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School. In 2014, Ms. Park received the Soloklasse Programm diploma in Hannover, Germany with Bernd Goetzke. She is the recipient of Elizabeth Parisot Piano Award for the most outstanding pianist at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Boris Berman. After receiving her Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Ms. Park is an adjunct faculty of keyboard studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Her recording of early keyboard sonatas by Muzio Clementi was released under the Naxos label in July 2019.


About the Concert

Our concerts take place in a private home located near the village of Peace Dale. The street address is 103 North Road, Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879.

Map and Directions

This performance begins at 2:00 pm. If your schedule permits, plan to arrive one hour before the performance to attend a discussion about the music on the program. After the performance, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and learn more about their background, interests, and activities.


Reservations

Advance reservations are required. If you’d like to attend this concert, send an email to craig@corememorymusic.com and tell us who’s coming. If seating is available, we’ll confirm your reservation. If not, we’ll add you to the waiting list. If you have a confirmed reservation and you later decide not to attend, please let us know so others can take your place.

The suggested contribution is $40 per person. If your resources are limited, please contribute whatever you can afford. Contributions are collected at the door. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.

IMPORTANT: As a precaution during this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’d like everyone attending this concert to be fully vaccinated and symptom-free. Masks are optional but recommended, especially for seniors.

Seating capacity for this concert: 25