Ji-Hae Park

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Ji-Hae Park
Ji-Hae Park, 2012.
Background information
Born 1985 (age 32–33)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Violinist
Instruments Violin
Website www.jihaepark.com
Korean name
Hangul 지혜
Revised Romanization Bak Ji-hye
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chi-hye

Ji-Hae Park (born 1985) is a South Korean violinist.


Ji-Hae Park was born in Germany. She took her first violin lesson from her mother, Lee Yeun-Hong, who is also a violinist. Park has been named Honorary Ambassador for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games highlighted by the Yonhapnews Agency, “Park, is a fan of winter sports and an accomplished skater. In July, Park posted a promotional video on her Web site in which she plays the violin while doing figure skating and competes against men playing hockey.” [1] She was recognized as The Respected Korean 2010 with Grand Prix and considered to be the youngest winner ever. This distinction is given to a Korean who has shown great leadership and influence in encouraging national development and integration for the benefit of the Nation from the FISLEA (International Professional Association), the Magazine Consumer Union Times the SYB-TV. She played a rare violin known as the Petrus Guarnerius 1735, Venedig which was on loan by the German Foundation (Deutsche-Stiftung-Musikleben) for eight years starting in 2003.[2]

Park is the Honorary Ambassador of the Yeosu 2012 World Expo. Her successful New York Debut at Carnegie Hall was documented by the New York Concert Review, "Her stage persona is extremely charismatic and emotional, and she was able to bring out all the stylistic and dynamic contrasts of her varied composers."[3] In her first performance at Carnegie Hall, Park started off the "Hope & Love Concert" with Saint-Saëns' "Danse Macabre", famous in South Korea for being the music that figure-skating champion Yuna Kim used for her gold medal winning short program at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. Park followed that with Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3, Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen ("Gypsy Airs"), and "When Mama Goes to Pick an Oyster," a Korean children's song.[4] She is the two time 1st Prize winner of the National Music Competition of Germany Jugend musiziert in 2001 (in Solo) and 2002 (in Chamber music).

In 2003, Park won the 2nd prize including 3 special prizes at Remember Enescu International Violin Competition in Romania. At Johann Georg Pisendel Dresden Germany she won over the judges by playing Mozarts Violin Sonata no. 21. Apart from those distinctions, she was awarded at the Kloster Schoental International Competition in Germany, Brahms InternationalCompetition in Austria, Andrea Postacchini International Competition in Italy, Juergen Sellheim Hannover Germany, Pinchas Zukerman Award for outstanding talent & potential. She was also honored as a ZIRP Fellow (the abbreviation of the Cutures-initiative of Rheinland-Pfalz's culture in Germany).[5]

Ji-Hae Park Classic, vol. 2

Performance experience[edit]

Park performed for The New Year's Concert with Nanse Gum and the Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra[6] in what may be considered to be three of the most important concert halls in Korea. She was the first instrumental soloist invited to perform at the Korea National Prayer Breakfast 2010 with the President of South Korea and leaders from nearly 50 countries in attendance. She also performed for the Christmas tree Lightning ceremony of Korea at Seoul City Hall; a solo performance at the New Year's Concert with Shinik Hahm[7] and in Memoriam of Kwangju Uprising with the KBS Symphony Orchestra; and a solo recital for the closing ceremony in The Seoul International Financial Forum this event was known called the biggest event in Asia by many people.

Her US concert tour in 2011 included recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York City (during the opening week of the 2011-2012 season) and Kennedy Center in Washington, DC McLean Bible Church (MBC)[8] Washington DC, LA Full Gospel Church (before an audience of more than 1,000).

She has performed in concert halls all over the world: USA, South Korea, China, Switzerland, England, Italy, Germany (like the Rokoko Theater Schwetzingen, Dresden Frauenkirche, Grosser Saal in der Glocke, Bremen, etc.) She performed the Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns with the LA Symphony for the 2012 Summer Concert. Park has a future performance scheduled with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in the Shanghai Concert Hall, and an upcoming CD recording with Universal Music Korea. From April to June 2012, TED (Conference) held special salons in 14 cities on six continents seeking to uncover new talents, voices and ideas the world needs to hear. The salons took place in Amsterdam, Bangalore, Doha, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Tunis and Vancouver. Park was selected among 20 finalists.[9] In addition to performing many solo recitals and concerts with orchestra throughout the world, Park also performs in many churches.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Yeosu 2012 World Expo, WWCF, World WIKE City Federation.[10] The Korean Christian Art & Music Council, The Handong Global University (Unesco List),[11] Africa Future Foundation.[12] She has been invited to play for many national events such as the 42nd National Prayer Breakfast, National Christmas Lighting Ceremony, the Korean Embassy in Washington and KORUS House. She studied with Professor Ulf Hoelscher at Hochschule für Musik in Germany (KE Degree-the highest music degree in Germany), and Professor Jaime Laredo[13] at Indiana University with a full scholarship and additional financial support through the Bucerius Scholarship[14] sponsored by the German Federal Music Department. Additional musical support was received from the violinist Midori Goto. In 2011, she appeared on many major Korean TV and Radio networks such as KBS (National Broadcasting System), CBS, Radio Korea NY; Radio Korea LA, and Atlanta just to mention a few. Her most notable appearance was on the popular TV show “Star King” which has gained considerable public popularity. She is also named as the consultant of National G20 Policy Consultation from the Blue House, the Korean presidential Residence. Her discography exemplifies the breadth and depth of her musical experience in many genres from classical to Pop, traditional Korean Folk Tunes,[15] Gospel, etc. Park arranged all of the colorful elements on each of her CDs. She was a featured Ignite Talk Speaker and soloist at the Awards of Excellence Dinner at NATCON15 in Kissimmee, FL.[16] Park enjoys experimenting and modifying new musical selections to make the classical violin more accessible to audiences


Classic CD - Ji-Hae Park, 1st with virtuoso pieces for violin,14 years old, recorded in Darmstadt, Germany

  • Released: 2000
  • Format: Audio CD

Classic CD- in partnership with Germany`s Southwest Radio and ZIRP

  • Released: 2007
  • Format: Audio CD

DVD- Ji-Hae Park, Benefit Concert in Mainz

  • Released: 2007
  • Format: Audio CD

Gospel Song CD - Holy Lord (1st, arranged for violin by Ji-Hae)

  • Released: 2008
  • Format: Audio CD

DVD - LIVE in Seoul (in Yeonsei Central Church with an audience of 25,000)

  • Released: 2009
  • Format: Audio CD

2nd Gospel Song CD- The Sound of Heart (arranged for violin by Ji-Hae)

  • Released: 2010
  • Format: Audio CD

Christmas CD - Oh! Holy Night!

  • Released: 2010
  • Format: Audio CD

2nd Classic CD – “Ji-Hae Park Classic”Classic CD - Ji-Hae Park, 1st with virtuoso pieces for violin,14 years old, recorded in Darmstadt, Germany

  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Audio CD

Korean Songs CD, arranged by Ji-Hae

  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Audio CD

Baroque in Rock CD - A complete reinterpretation of Baroque masterpieces; Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Vitali: Chaconne; Handel: Sarabande; Pachelbel: Canon in D; recorded in Seoul, Korea

  • Released: 2013
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Label: Decca

Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms: Violin Sonatas CD - Ji-Hae Park & Simon Lepper; Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5, Op.24 - "Spring"; Fantasia in C for Violin and Piano D.934; Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in G , Op.78; recorded in Seoul, Korea

  • Released: 2015
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Label: Decca


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  2. ^ "Violinist who Performed in the Season Opening of Carnegie Hall- Park Ji-Hae", "Asia's Heartbeat Arirang" January 17, 2012, retrieved July 6, 2012
  3. ^ Aibel, Anthony. "The Hope and Love Concert in New York City in Review", "New York Concert Review", Inc, October 17, 2011, retrieved July 4, 2012
  4. ^ Jing, Kyung-min. "Korean violinist opens Carnegie Hall season", "Korea JoongAng Daily", October 15, 2011, retrieved September 4, 2012
  5. ^ "ZIRP Fellows 2007", "Official ZIRP" website, 2007, retrieved July 4, 2012
  6. ^ "The 9th Beethoven Festival", "The 9th Beethoven Festival" website, retrieved September 15, 2012
  7. ^ "CAMI Artist Profile""CAMI"website, retrieved September 15, 2012
  8. ^ "Violinist Ji-Hae Park performance at McLean Bible Church""My Tribute - Ji-Hae Park" Vimeo, retrieved September 15, 2012
  9. ^ "Ji-Hae Park: Bringing joy through the violin" "Talent Search, TED@Seoul" website, retrieved September 14, 2012
  10. ^ "World Wike City Federation Conference in Seoul 2011""World Wike City Federation Conference"YouTube, retrieved September 15, 2012
  11. ^ "Handong Vision Statement", "Handong Global University" website, retrieved September 4, 2012
  12. ^ "About AFF" "Africa Future Foundation" website, retrieved September 15, 2012
  13. ^ "Gerd Bucerius Feed Time Scholarship Foundation""Bucerius Scholarship Awardees & Instructors" Deutsche-stiftung-musikleben website, retrieved September 15, 2012
  14. ^ "ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius,"ZEIT-Stiftung" website, retrieved September 15, 2012
  15. ^ "Violinist Ji-Hae Park performance at McLean Bible Church"Fullness of The Holy Spirit (Korean Hymn) - Ji-Hae Park"Vimeo, retrieved September 15, 2012
  16. ^ "NATCON15 Ignite Speakers"National Council for Behavioral Health, retrieved May 18, 2015

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