Meet our Piano and Harp teachers, who we are delighted to welcome back to the 2024 Summer Academy: Christopher Park and Isabelle Perrin.
Christopher Park is a pianist who captivates with his fascinating technical mastery, astounding musical maturity, and a particularly intense performance style” – this was the explanation given by the jury upon awarding Christopher Park the renowned Leonard Bernstein Award 2014. Numerous important ensembles have engaged Park, a German-born musician, including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Norwegian National Opera, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, China NCPA Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, English Chamber Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony. So far he has worked with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Jarvi, Sebastian Weigle, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Ion Marin, James Gaffigan, Zsolt Hamar and Dimitri Kitaenko. He has given concerts all over the world and played at events including the Ravinia Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Rheingau Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. As soloist he debuted in renowned concert halls in Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Musikverein & Konzerthaus Vienna, Konserthus Stockholm, Opera Oslo, Müpa Budapest, Gulbenkian Lisboa, Philharmonie Berlin, Seoul Arts Center, Kennedy Center Washington D.C., and others. Next to his solo albums with Deutsche Grammophon, his CD with works by Schumann, Stravinsky and Neuwirth is celebrated in European magazines as “brilliant recording” and “reference version”. It is released with Oehms Classics. Christopher Park was influenced by two major musical traditions during his studies: the Russian school of Lev Oborin with Lev Natochenny as well as the German school of Wilhelm Kempff with Joachim Volkmann. Park was teaching in Frankfurt/Germany at both the Conservatory and the University of Music and Performing Arts. Since 2021 he holds a professorship at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.
Isabelle Perrin, former co-principal harpist with the Orchestre National de France, has given recitals and concerto performances worldwide leading her to a truly international career. She has also recorded numbers of CD’s, including harp solo repertoire, chamber music and concertos from the 18th century to contemporary music. A devoted teacher, Isabelle gives masterclasses round the globe and after teaching at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris is now Professor of Harp and Head of Strings at the Norwegian Academy of Music, in Oslo and an appointed Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. President and Artistic Director to the 6th European Harp Symposium held in France, Isabelle is currently Artistic Director to the WHC, Honorary Associate to the Royal Academy of Music in London and has been knighted in the French Order of the Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Application deadline: 7th April 2024