B i o g r a p h y
Newly appointed to the faculty of New York University, flutist Soo-Kyung Park enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, artistic director, writer and teacher. Upon arriving in United States in 1984, Ms. Park was accepted at The Juilliard School in the Pre-College Division, where she studied with Bonnie Lichter. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School where she earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance under the tutelage of Julius Baker and Jeanne Baxtresser.
Ms. Park first won international acclaim as winner of the Promising Artist Search in her native South Korea, where she performed in recital at the Seoul Arts Center, and subsequently won first prize in the New York Flute Club Competition, performing in New York’s Cami Hall. She has performed as soloist with the Korean Symphony at Alice Tully Hall. Her radio credits include APR’s “Performance Today” and WQXR’s “McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase” hosted by Bob Sherman, where she was featured performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto. She has performed solo and chamber music concerts in the United States, and throughout Europe and Asia.
As an orchestral musician, she has performed and toured as principal flute and piccolo with orchestras in the United States, Israel and Asia, with some of the world’s most eminent conductors, including Pierre Boulez, James DePreist, Jahja Ling, Kurt Masur, Byung Hyun Rhee, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz and Hugh Wolff. Orchestras she has performed with include the Juilliard Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and Shira Festival Orchestra of Israel.
Highly in demand as a teacher and coach, Ms. Park has taught master classes in the United States, Germany and Korea. In addition to her position on the faculty of New York University, she remains a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College Division.
In addition to maintaining an active flute studio, she is founder and president of an educational consulting company specializing in preparing American and International students for conservatory auditions and National/International competitions. She also has produced numerous master classes featuring world renowned flutists, including Jeanne Baxtresser, Linda Chesis, Bart Feller, Judith Mendenhall, Michael Parloff, Karl-Heinz Schutz, Keith Underwood and Carol Wincenc.
As the founding member and artistic director of the Musicians of Lenox Hill, she has led the ensemble for annual performances at the Temple of Israel in NYC for over a decade.
Ms. Park has written for “Flute and Flutist” magazine in Korea, where her contributions include featured cover story interviews with Jeanne Baxtresser and Carol Wincenc. Her articles have also appeared in the Juilliard Journal.