Chaeyoung Park Biography
Sixteen-year old Chaeyoung Park, from South Korea and Lawrence, KS, has been studying with Dr. Jack Winerock of University of Kansas piano faculty for six years. She also studies with Dr. Scott McBride Smith. She started piano at age six and came to United States in 2007. In South Korea, she won the Seoul Chamber Orchestra Music Competition and the Coyang City Mayor's Award.
In 2014, Chaeyoung was awarded Gold Medal in Music by the National YoungArts Foundation. She won first place at the Emilio Del Rosario International Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition and Young Jury Award and Discretionary Award at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition in 2014. She won first place in the 2012 IIYM International Piano Competition, as well as the 2012 IIYM audience prize. She was the youngest semifinalist and finalist at the 2012 Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. She was awarded first place in the Junior Level of the Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2011. The competition website described her performance as “astounding” and “exquisite”.
Chaeyoung has won first places in Fite Family Young Artists Competition, American Protégé International Piano Competition, Junior Division in Missouri Western Young Artist Piano Competition, Overall Winner at the MYA Walgreens Concerto Competition Open Senior Divion, KCMTA- Heritage Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Topeka Youth Talent Audition, and Kansas City Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition. She was the Kansas State and West Central Division MTNA Junior Piano champion in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Her chamber group was the Grand Winner of the National Young Artists Chamber Music and Ensemble Competition. She has performed in such halls as Orchestra Hall at the Symphony Center in Chicago, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center in New York, New World Center in Miami, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Kodak Hall in Rochester and Lied Center in Lawrence. She has had masterclasses with prominent teachers and musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Jorge Osorio, Michael Stern, John Perry and Rebecca Penneys among others. She has performed with Kansas City Symphony with Michael Stern, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Neil Varon, New Millennium Orchestra with Francesco Milioto, Topeka Symphony Orchestra with Robert Olson among others.
Aside from playing piano, she likes playing with her two cats, baking sweets, and reading.