Dr. Andrew Park
Assistant professor, Azusa Pacific University
Adjunct professor, Fullerton College
Honorable Shigeru Kawai Artist
Dr. Park is a renowned Korean-American solo pianist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. He is First Prize winner of Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition (currently known as Virginia Waring International Piano Competition). Dr. Park is a devoted performer of chamber music. He travels around to play chamber music with his own group, the Park Trio. He was also invited to have some performances with El Camino College/CTS Orchestra, OMC Orchestra, ICO Orchestra, and Dosan Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Park is also an active private studio teacher in Fullerton, Orange County, and his students have won the prizes from numerous competitions throughout the country. Dr. Park has been invited to give masterclasses and lectures in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.S. He is a chairperson of MTNA Annual Evaluation and Sonata/Sonatina competition. He is also a judge of Lansum Competition, SYMF and MTAC competitions including CM Advanced Panel.
Currently, Dr. Park serves as an assistant professor at Azusa Pacific University and as an adjunct professor at Fullerton College. In addition, he was appointed as an honorable Shigeru Kawai Artist in 2018. Dr. Park has also participated in teaching piano at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Los Angeles City College, and he also has worked as a first lecturer at USC Thornton School of Music.
Dr. Park has performed at the venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, La Mirada theatre, Pasadena Pacific Civic Auditorium, McCallum Theatre, Marsee Auditorium, Scottish Auditorium, Wilshire Ebell Theater, Muckenthaler Art Center, President Nixon’s Library, Zipper Hall, Thayer Hall, Pasadena Public Library, Fullerton Public Library, Idyllwild Arts Concert Hall, UCLA Concert Hall, Azusa Pacific University Munson Hall, Fullerton College Theatre, Tainan University Concert Hall, USC Concert Hall, and a lot of different churches.
During summer, he is a faculty member of John Perry Academy of Music, Montecito International Music Festival, Lansum Music Festival, ASIA International Piano Academy & Festival in Korea, and Idyllwild Summer Program. As a conductor, Dr. Park is the music director at the New Life Vision Church, the conductor of the Montecito International Music Festival Youth Orchestra, CTS Chamber Group, and the conductor of Laguna Road School Choir. Dr. Park has recorded the Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens with Idyllwild Chamber Orchestra for the children of the world and a Christian CD, “priere” with his chamber group, the Park Trio.
Dr. Park studied piano with Nelms McKelvain at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Then, he completed his entire bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California with a world renowned pianist, John Perry.
Dr. Park’s students have won prizes at numerous international, national, and local competitions such as Hong Kong International Competition, Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, SYMF, Satori, Diamond Bar Music Competition, Moscow Music Center Competition, Sonata/Sonatina Competition of MTAC, Southern California Jr. Bach Festival of MTAC, American Protégé, American Fine Arts Festival(AFAF), Azusa Pacific University Competition, MTAC State Solo & Concerto Competition, Glendale Piano Competition, The Korea Times Music Competition, Lansum International Competition, and many other MTAC Branch Competitions.
In addition, Dr. Park’s students have been accepted to world’s famous conservatories and top universities in the US: Stanford, Harvard, Yale, The Juilliard School, Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California, The New England Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Rice University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Music School, Oberlin College, UCLA, Manhattan School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, NYU, UCSD, UCSB, UCI, University of Michigan –Ann Arbor, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge, Rutgers University, etc.