Winner Newtown Chamber Orchestra’s Young Musician’s Competition

Robin Park

Robin Park, a resident of Princeton Junction, New Jersey, started playing piano at the age of 5, but quickly changed his interest to cello at the age 6. He studied cello with Yumi Kendall, Thomas Kraines, Clara Kim, and currently studies with Priscilla Lee, the Associate Principal Cello of Philadelphia Orchestra.

He has won several competitions, such as the Bravura Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, the Sinfonietta Nova Concerto Competition, Summit Symphony Young Artists Competition, Kennett Symphony Competition, Old York Symphony Competition, and Newtown Chamber Orchestra Comeptition. He performed as a soloist with Sinfonietta Nova,  Summit Symphony, and Old York Symphony. He was named as an Honorable Mention Winner of the National YoungArts Fondation Competition in 2016 and 2017 and he was invited to participate in New York YoungArts  Regional Program in 2018.

Robin is a part of the Myer Schwartz Piano Trio as an Advanced Study Scholarship student of Settlement Music School since 2016. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, he participated in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute String Quartet Workshop under the guidance of Muir String Quartet. In 2017, he was invited to participate in Quartet Fellowship Program of Dali Quartet International Music Festival.

His ensemble experiences include Philadelphia Youth Orchestra(Assistant Principal Cello),  New Jersey All-State High School Orchestra(Principal Cello) in 2016 and 2017, CJMEA Region II High School Orchestra(Principal Cello) in 2016 and 2017, and NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra(Assistant Principal Cello) in 2017. Also, He has participated in 2017 New York String Orchestra Seminar under the guidance of Jaime Laredo.

Most recently, He was accepted to 2018 National Youth Orchestra of United States of America(NYO-USA) hosted by Carnegie Hall’s Weil Music Institute, and he will travel with the orchestra to Asia with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Other than cello, he loves to study history and astronomy, and is a black belt in Kendo (Japanese swordsmanship). Aside from his mother tongue, English, he also speaks Chinese, Korean, and Japanese fluently. He also plays the saxophone.