Sharon PARK | VIOLIN & executive director
American violinist Sharon Park has captivated audiences across the country with her vibrant performances as soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Her command on the stage and passion for performance has led her to the stages of some of the most prestigious concert venues including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Zipper Hall, Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall, Macky Auditorium and the Verona Arena in Italy. Ms. Park was awarded 2nd prize and the Audience Favorite award in the 2014 Bruce Ekstrand Memorial Performance Competition, winner at the Honors Competition at CU Boulder and has claimed top prizes at the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, ARTS Award in music by the National Foundation of Advancement in the Arts, among others. Ms. Park has also been a featured soloist with the Herbert Zipper Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, YMF Debut Orchestra, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Park artfully weaves together her brilliance as a violin virtuoso with her passion for music education and community outreach. A founding member of the Lark Duo and a frequent collaborator with friends and colleagues, Ms. Park has a passion for bringing world-class performances and music education into local communities, all while providing support to the next generation of musicians. Working closely with New England Conservatory composer and theory professor Pozzi Escot, Ms. Park has traveled as a member of her ensemble giving performances of her works in Vermont, Boston and Hawaii. A founding member of the Azur String Quartet, the New York Times praised the ensemble for “a supple, convincing” performance of Walter Piston’s 5th String Quartet during the Focus Festival! at the Juilliard School’s Peter J. Sharp Theater.
Equally adept as an orchestral musician, Ms. Park serves as Principal Second Violin of Central City Opera, Acting Principal Second Violin of the Boulder Philharmonic, performs frequently with the Colorado Symphony and Boulder Bach Festival orchestras. In 2009, Ms. Park was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival for Maestro David Zinman’s prestigious program American Academy of Conducting, serving as Principal Second Violin. Adding variety to that summer, she was invited to accompany Italian pop pianist sensation, Giovanni Allevi, for a performance in the Arena di Verona, Italy.
Holding an extensive interest for all aspects of the arts industry, Ms.Park combines her uncompromising integrity as a musician with her extensive experience in arts administration to present concerts that share a vision for bringing communities together through conversation and music. Recent engagements include Music Curator at the Dairy Arts Center, Marketing and Operations Manager for the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts, and Operations Manager at the Colorado Suzuki Institute.
A native of Southern California, Ms. Park received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from CU Boulder, Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. Her principal mentors include Edward Dusinberre, Ronald Copes, Donald Weilerstein, Robert Lipsett, Michelle Kim and Alice Schoenfeld.