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NEC welcomes alumna HaeSun Paik to Piano faculty

Prizewinning pianist HaeSun Paik joins NEC's Piano faculty in Fall 2018

It is a great pleasure to announce that alumna HaeSun Paik will return to New England Conservatory as a faculty member.

She joins the Piano Department as a studio instructor, beginning in Fall 2018.

"It is particularly special to welcome alumnae to the faculty."

"We are delighted to have HaeSun join our piano faculty,”

said Interim President Thomas Novak.

“It is particularly special to welcome alumnae to the faculty, and we are looking forward to her return to the Conservatory.  HaeSun’s many successes as a teacher and her impressive performance career will certainly be a benefit to our students."

Ms. Paik's NEC training began at the age of 14, when she came to the U.S. from Korea to pursue her musical studies with Wha Kyung Byun, through the long-running partnership between New England Conservatory and the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. Subsequently, Ms. Paik attended New England Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Music, and an Artist Diploma under the guidance of both Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun.

"An ideal environment to pass along the great legacy I received."

Ms. Paik shares:

"It is hard to find words to express my excitement about returning to NEC! 

From the time I came to the U.S. in my early teens, NEC has been a musical home to me, and I have always been grateful for having such inspiring, dedicated mentors, wonderful friends, and diverse, unique musical experiences.

"NEC represents everything I dream about; an ideal environment to pass along the great legacy I received to the gifted young artists of tomorrow."

"A sensitive and thinking musician; an awesome technician."

Ms. Paik has been hailed as a “sensitive and thinking musician first and an awesome technician second” (Los Angeles Times) with a “big and individual personality” (New York Times), whose performances are “a wonder — elastic, mercurial, charged with meaning, surprising” (Boston Globe) and “a rare example of technique actually serving both idea and feeling, head and heart” (Musical America). Having garnered top prizes at international piano competitions such as the Queen ElisabethLeedsWilliam Kapell, and the Tchaikovsky, Ms. Paik has performed concerts around the world in solo recitals, concerti with orchestras, and chamber music ensembles.

No stranger to Jordan Hall

Ms. Paik's duo album with cellist Laurence Lesser of the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano was recorded in NEC's Jordan Hall and released by Bridge Records. Her debut and subsequent solo recordings can be heard on the EMI label. A superb collaborative artist, Ms. Paik performed with many distinguished artists including cellist Anner BylsmaMischa MaiskyMyung-wha Chung, violist Nobuko Imai, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, the Borromeo String Quartet, and the Jerusalem Quartet.

For more: HaeSun Paik's faculty profile

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