Chaeyoung Park—Virtual Mini-Recital with special guest Sunnat Ibrahim, cello


  • Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
  • Debussy: Cello Sonata

Performed on the Lied Center stage in the main auditorium.

> A brief interview with the artists will occur directly following the performance.

Chaeyoung Park was the First Prize winner of the 2019 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. She was also awarded the Silver Medal in the 2016 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Competition. Ms. Park has received top awards in many other national and international competitions, including the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition (2017), the Gold Medal in Music from the National YoungArts Foundation and the Discretionary and Young Jury Award in the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition (2014). In 2015, she won Third Prize at both the Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition and the Yamaha USASU International Senior Piano Competition.

Ms. Park has performed at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall, Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, New World Center in Miami, Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music and the Lied Center of Kansas. She has performed with the Utah Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Canton Symphony, New Millennium Symphony and the Topeka Symphony, among others.

After starting piano at age six in South Korea, Chaeyoung Park moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 2007 and studied with Jack Winerock at the University of Kansas for eight years. She is currently studying at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Robert McDonald, where she is a recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. Chaeyoung Park is very excited about finishing her first recording under the Steinway & Sons/Archiv label, which will include the complete Musica Ricercata by Ligeti and is due to be released in 2021.

Sunnat Ibrahim has established himself as an artist of creativity, passion and technical command. He is one of the most prominent cellists to emerge from the Central Asian republics and has studied with many of the top artists of our time. He has performed live and on radio with major soloists, chamber musicians, orchestras and conductors. He performed with orchestras (“Soloists of Uzbekistan,” Uzbek National Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Shenyang Symphony), chamber musicians (Shmuel Ashkenasi, Borromeo String Quartet), festivals (the Orford Music Festival in Montreal, Aspen Music Festival) and has worked under such prominent conductors as Carl St. Clair, Gerard Schwarz , John Nelson, Hugh Wolff and Robert Spano. In 2017, as a cello fellow, he performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra under Joshua Weilerstein.

Born in Tashkent, he began the cello at age seven and studied at the Glière State Music School and the Uzbek State Conservatory. Ibrahim earned a Bachelor of Music from Park University’s International Center for Music, where he studied with Martin Storey and Daniel Veis. He continued his studies, also on full scholarship, at the University of Southern California with Andrew Shulman and Ben Hong. Recently, he finished his master’s degree at the University of Kansas under the tutelage of Hannah Collins and Mark Gibbs. Currently, Sunnat Ibrahim is on the faculty at Pittsburg State University. He plays on a Marten Cornelissen cello and the Hill bow, generously loaned by the Maestro Foundation.

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