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Korean pianist takes top prize Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist competition

Monday, 26th September 2011.

Twenty-five top musicians travelled to Haverhill from across Europe to take part in this year's Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition.

The 22nd annual competition took place on Saturday at Haverhill Arts Centre. What began as a modest competition is now a prestigious annual international event, which this year attracted 178 entrants of 38 nationalities.

Thirty-five prizes to the value of £8,400, plus 23 solo engagements throughout the UK were available.

The winner of the first prize was Jong-Gyung Park, a South Korean pianist, who won 18 performance prizes throughout the UK, together with £4,925.

The adjudicating panel was Kevin Hill (music director of Haverhill Sinfonia), Stephen Bryant (leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra), Timothy Lines (professor of clarinet at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music) and Colin Stone (professor of piano at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music).

Sponsors of this year’s Competition were Balaam's Music (Bury St Edmunds), Bernhard and Company Ltd, City of Southampton Orchestra, D. Gurteen & Sons, Empire Pianos (Braintree), Evans-Pughe Strings of Hitchin, Genzyme, Glasswells, Haverhill Research Park, Haverhill Town Council, M. J. Pipe, MachinePart Engineering, Mansol (Preforms), Marchant Manufacturing, Miller's Music Centre (Cambridge), MPG Printwise, Mrs Pat Taylor and Mr Nicholas Jarman, Music Sales Group, Rotary Club of Haverhill and District, STP Stationery and The Herbert Group.

Jong-Gyung Park (35) was born in South Korea and has firmly established herself as one of the leading pianists of her generation. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 13 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has since appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Montevideo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Belgian National Orchestra and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra.

She has received numerous international awards including Bronze medals at the Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition, the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition in Israel and the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy, where she also received Busoni Prize for commissioned work and Laureate at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium.

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