A pianist of great musicianship and integrity, Kun
Woo Paik has captivated musicians, audiences and
promoters all over the world.
in Seoul, Kun Woo Paik’s first concert was
at the age of 10 performing the Grieg Piano Concerto
with the Korean National Orchestra. In the following
years he made his name performing several premieres
such as Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.
Later he studied in New York, London and in Italy
with Rosina Lhevinne, Ivona Kabos, Guido Agosti
and Willhelm Kempff. Kun Woo Paik is also a laureate
of the Naumburg and Busoni International Piano Competitions.
the years Kun Woo Paik has given recitals in the
greatest halls including the Lincoln Center, Carnegie
Hall, Wigmore Hall and Berlin Philharmonie. He has
also performed with such orchestras as the London
Symphony, BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, New
York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Russian
National Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic,
Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France,
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Rai Torino, Warsaw
Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra and Polish
National Radio Orchestra, with such conductors as
Mariss Jansons, Sir Neville Marriner, Lawrence Foster,
Loren Mazel, Dmitri Kitaenko, James Conlon, John
Nelson, Eliahu Inbal, Vladimir Jurowski, and Mikhail
Pletnev. Kun Woo Paik is also a regular guest artist
at major music festivals such as the Berlin Festwochen,
Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d’Antheron, Colmar,
Prague, Spring, Spoleto, Aldeburgh, 'Mostly Mozart'
and Ravinia Festivals, and has toured extensively
in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
repertoire ranges from Bach to Stockhausen, from
Busoni to Scriabin, from Liszt to Messiaen. He created
a remarkable musical event with a series of 6 recitals
in London and Paris dedicated to works for piano
solo by Franz Liszt. Brigitte Massin (Le Matin)
wrote on that occasion: 'to play Liszt is for Kun
Woo Paik a mystical journey, a way of bringing his
audience to the very heart of this work, to feel
its fundamental pulse…'.
the year 2000, he performed the Asian Premier of
Busoni piano concerto in Seoul. In October 2000
he was the first Korean artist to be officially
invited by the Chinese government. In 2003, marking
the fiftieth anniversary of Prokofiev's death, Kun
Woo Paik performed his concertos in Berlin, Milan,
Budapest, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Nice and Seville.
In 2004 he performed the complete Rachmaninov’s
Concertos with the China Philharmonic in Beijing.
In 2007 he performed the complete Beethoven's 32
piano sonatas (in 8 consecutive recitals) in China
an exclusive Decca artist, Kun Woo Paik has made
several acclaimed recordings including Busoni's
Transcriptions of Bach's organ works, a Fauré
recital (Diapason d’or) and Chopin's complete
works for piano and orchestra. In 2007 he completed
the recording of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas. Kun
Woo Paik's Beethoven sonata cycle is the first new
complete recording on Decca since Vladimir Ashkenazy's
complete cycle for the label made in the 1970s.
Woo Paik’s discography include solo CDs of
Scriabin, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn
piano music and the complete Rachmaninov’s
Piano Concertos and Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini
(under Vladimir Fedoseeyev for BMG). His complete
Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos (Naxos) received
both the Diapason d’Or in 1993 and the Nouvelle
Academie du Disque Award in France.
Woo Paik lives in Paris, is the Artistic Director
of the Emerald Coast Music Festival in Dinard (France)
and was made Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des
lettres by the French Government in 2000.