Biography

Soo Kyung Park was born in Seoul, Korea, and was brought up in the USA until she was 7. She was first attracted to music by the the sound of the piano being played on television, and promptly began piano lessons when she was just two and a half years old. At the age of 5, she won First Prize in a competition in Northern California.

As a child, Soo was an avid reader and loved creative writing. However, when she was 12 she was mesmerised by the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, and it was this inspiration that led her to learn to play the violin. She went on to study at the Moscow Central Music School with Zoya Makhtina, and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Ara Bogdanyan (a pupil of David Oistrakh). Soo has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in numerous concert venues in Moscow, and was invited by the city's mayor to the New Year's Concert in Vilnius, Lithuania.

In the UK, she continued to study for her Masters at the Royal College of Music with Dr. Felix Andrievsky and Alexander Rozhdestvensky and she regularly performs at lunchtime concerts and recitals. During her studies in London she played in Masterclasses with Leonid Kerbel, Peter Schumayer, Volodja Balzalorsky, Leos Cepicky and Jan Schulmeister. She has a special passion for chamber music, and particularly in duo repertoire written for violin and piano. She is also developing duo repertoire with harp and guitar. Soo has performed in many major venues in the UK including Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank.

As a violinist, Soo was invited to collaborate with an artist for an exhibition at the Royal College of Art. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and she is interested in doing a series of further collaborative work with other artists.

Soo passionately believes that playing the violin transforms the invisible concept of beauty to a visible reality. This indeed is the perspective that inspires her to strive for excellence when playing this beautiful and rewarding instrument.