Professional Development Workshops
Playing Chopin’s Etudes, Op.10 According to His “Sketch for a Method”
Published in 1833, Chopin’s Etudes, Op. 10 explore unprecedented technical virtuosity and coloristic possibilities. The composer’s own “Sketch for a Method” offers intriguing technical and musical insights that serve as guides to interpret his works. This presentation explores how the principles laid out in the “Sketch” can be applied to overcome the unique challenges presented by the Etudes, concluding with a complete performance of the set.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 10:30am
Co-presented by NYU Steinhardt
75 Third North Avenue, Room C205
Pianist Sohyoung Park, born in Seoul, Korea, is an active soloist and chamber musician. She has performed throughout Europe, the United States, Taiwan and Korea. Her solo and chamber performances include appearances at the Salle Cortot in Paris, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Lübeck, Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Auditorium del Museo Revoltella in Trieste, Amalfi Music Festival in Vietri sul mare, Mozart Museum in Prague, Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, a series of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas in Lansing, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, University of Texas at Arlington, Duncan Recital Hall, and Moore Opera House in Houston. Park has also appeared as a soloist with the Rice Chamber Orchestra at Stude Concert Hall in Houston, and with the Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria. She was the pianist of the Sam Houston Piano Trio at Sam Houston State University.
Park received her doctoral degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and bachelor’s degree at the Seoul National University. She also received a Diploma of Merit from Accademia Musicale di Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and attended the International Chamber Music School of the Trio di Trieste in Italy. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has studied with and has been coached by renowned artists and pedagogues such as Robert Roux, Michele Campanella, Paul Badura-Skoda, Dario De Rosa, John Perry, Russell Sherman, Menahem Pressler, Eugene Istomin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Phillippe Entremont, Lazar Berman, James Tocco, Louis Nagel, and Martin Katz.
Park joined the faculty at Rice University in 2005. Previously, she had been a faculty member at Sam Houston State University. Her students have been among winners of competitions and auditions at the local, state, and national levels. She has given masterclasses and lectures in venues including University of Texas at Arlington, University of Taipei, the National Chiayi University, Tainan Performing Art Highschool, Houston Highschool for the Performing and Visual Art, Katy Music Teachers Association, Arlington Music Teachers Association, and Chopin Society of Houston. She was recognized as the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Houston Music Teachers Association. She has performed and served on the faculty of the Texas State International Piano Festival and of the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. Since 2020, she serves as a vice president of Chopin Society of Houston.