The Importance of Pianist Kun Woo Paik on Display July 21 at Eastern Music Festival
[GREENSBORO, N.C.] – It is one thing for an artist to be popular and acclaimed and successful; it is quite another to be considered by peers, pundits and the public alike as important. Kun Woo Paik is universally regarded as one of the most important pianists of his generation.
Kun Woo Paik is universally regarded as one of the most important pianists of his generation.
Importance comes in many forms. In Paik’s case, much of it stems from his recordings of the complete works of several of history’s most iconic composers, thus becoming a sort of living legacy. Among them are the complete piano concertos of Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff, piano sonatas of Beethoven, and piano transcriptions of the organ works of J.S. Bach.
Kun Woo Paik will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op.18 with the EMF Faculty Orchestra at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium. The audience will no doubt be aware of the importance of the event by the virtue of the importance of the artist.
He also records and performs works by many more obscure composers, thus keeping them relevant. Among them are Fauré, Suk-Hi Kang and Busoni. In all, he has no fewer than 30 recordings to his credit, all of them since 2000 with Decca.
Other measures of his importance are the facts that became the first Korean artist to be officially invited to perform in China in 2000. And that same year the Seoul native and Paris resident was made “Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des letters” by the French government.
Paik made his soloist debut at the tender age of 10, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Korean National Orchestra. At 15 he moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School, going on to win the Naumburg Piano Competition. He soon launched his international career by performing at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
While tickets remain, the evening is likely to sell out, so call the EMF Box Office at Triad Stage at 336-272-0160 now to reserve your seat.
About Eastern Music Festival (EMF)
Eastern Music Festival is an outstanding educational experience for talented, dedicated, young artists between the ages of 14 and 23. The faculty/musicians are teaching artists of the highest order – and the annual student population of 220+ is extraordinary. This season, Eastern Music Festival celebrates 57 years of providing unmatched educational experiences and great performances. The Festival continues through July 28.
For more information, please call (336) 333-7450 or visit www.easternmusicfestival.org .