Pianist Angela Park has established herself as one of Canada’s most sought-after musicians. Equally accomplished in both solo and chamber music experience, Angela’s versatility has led to continued success in performances across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, Japan and Mexico.
Originally from London, Ontario, Angela began her piano studies at the age of three. Under the guidance of James Anagnoson, she went on to become the youngest Gold Medal winner of the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music, as well as consistent recipient of numerous awards and prizes at the Ontario Provincial Festivals, Canadian National Music Festival, and the Canadian Music Competitions. Angela achieved further success at the international level, winning the grand prize at the Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago, and fifth prize at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati. In 2006 Angela was the only Canadian representative and semifinalist prizewinner at the prestigious Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, and in 2007 she was a medallist at the Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona.
Angela has performed as soloist with Orchestra London Canada, Sinfonia Toronto, Canadian Sinfonietta, UWO Symphony Orchestra, University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Northern Lights Festival Orchestra in Mexico, under the direction of conductors such as Raffi Armenian and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Solo and chamber music appearances include performances for the Steinway Society of Chicago, Montreal Pro Musica Series, Winnipeg Virtuosi, Glenn Gould Studio’s OnStage and Music Around Us, Rome’s Festival of the Nations, Festival of the Sound, Debut Atlantic Tour, Prairie Debut and numerous others. Her live performances have been recorded and broadcast on CBC National Radio and on National Public Radio in the United States.
Angela is a founding member of Ensemble Made In Canada, an award-winning ensemble that received the CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award, and was included in Chatelaine’s 2008 anniversary list of “80 amazing Canadian women to watch”. She is also pianist of the Seiler Piano Trio with violinist Mayumi Seiler and cellist Rachel Mercer, in addition to performing as the Mercer-Park Duo with Rachel, and the Wei-Park Duo with violist Sharon Wei.
This season, Angela will also appear in concert with such artists as clarinetist James Campbell, trumpeter Guy Few, flutist Susan Hoeppner, violinist Judy Kang, oboist Linda Strommen, and bassoonists William Ludwig and Kathleen McLean. She will perform the world premiere of John Burge’s Second Piano Concerto with Sinfonia Toronto in January 2014. Recording projects include the recent release of Ensemble Made In Canada’s Debut CD, and the Mercer-Park Duo will have their all-Canadian CD released in the new year by Naxos Canadian Classics.
Angela’s musical and academic background includes violin performance at the national level for ten years and studies in Biology at the University of Western Ontario. After studying with William Aide at the University of Toronto, Angela earned her Master of Music Degree in Performance with highest honors. Subsequently, Angela received an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Professional Development Grant, allowing for studies in New York with Jacob Lateiner. Angela completed the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance at the Université de Montréal, where her studies were directed by Paul Stewart. Since 2011, Angela has been Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano-Woodwinds at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.