Pianist HaeSun Paik has been hailed as a “sensitive and thinking musician with stunning virtuosity” (Los Angeles Times), and a “big and individual personality” (New York Times), whose performances are “a rare example of technique actually serving both idea and feeling, head and heart” (Musical America). Having won top prizes at international piano competitions including the Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, William Kapell, and the Tchaikovsky, Ms. Paik has performed around the world in solo recitals, concerti with orchestras, and as a chamber musician.
HaeSun Paik has appeared as a soloist under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Simon Rattle, Vassily Sinaisky, Dmitri Kitaenko, Stanislav Skrovaczewski, and Myung Whun Chung. She has performed with the Boston, National, London, KBS, NHK, and City of Birmingham Symphonies; the Munich, Radio France, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Moscow Philharmonics; and the Russian National Orchestra.
Ms. Paik has frequently performed in recital venues throughout the U.S. including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and Jordan Hall in Boston, as well as in major concert halls around the globe. Her recent recording with cellist Laurence Lesser of the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano has been released by Bridge Records. Her debut and subsequent solo recordings can be heard on the EMI label.
One of the most sought after pedagogical influences in Korea, Ms. Paik was the youngest pianist of her generation to be appointed as a music professor at Seoul National University, where she taught for ten years. Recently, she has joined the piano faculty at Cleveland Institute of Music. She is also Artist-in–Residence at Catholic University of Daegu and serves as the Artistic Director of the Busan Music Festival in Korea. She gives master classes at institutions and festivals worldwide and has served as a juror at the USASU, the Cleveland, the Honens, the Hilton Head, and the Seoul (Dong-A) international piano competitions.
Ms. Paik graduated from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun. Her artistic development was further influenced by her studies at the International Piano Foundation in Lake Como (Italy) where she worked with international artists Alicia de Larrocha, Karl Urlich Schnabel, Rosalyn Tureck, and Alexis Weissenberg.