Award-winning Korean cellist Soyoon Park performs nationwide as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, where she started playing the cello and studying the Suzuki method when she was six years old.
As a trained Suzuki instructor, she serves on the cello faculty at the Peabody Preparatory. Prior to joining the Preparatory, Park served on the cello faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (UC-CCM) Preparatory Department, and was a faculty member at the UC-CCM Suzuki and Traditional Strings Camp in 2022. She was also a member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
Park has won numerous competitions including the Three Arts Scholarship Fund Competition, the East Central MTNA Young Artist Competition, the DoubleStop Foundation Competition, and First and Second Prizes at the UC-CCM Chamber Music Competition. She also received the Epperson Award and the Vaughn Hedrick Award from UC-CCM, as well as the Olga von Hartz Memorial Award from the Peabody Institute.
Park has participated in summer festivals such as the Music Academy of the West, Texas Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. At the Music Academy of the West, she performed in concert with world-renowned artists Martin Beaver and Richard O’Neill. In 2013, Park collaborated with her former teacher Hans Jørgen Jensen and other esteemed cellists for a recording project presented by the Northwestern University Cello Ensemble. As a result, she was featured on the albums The Wind in High Places by John Luther Adams released under the Cold Blue Music label in 2015, and Shadow, Echo, Memory which was released under the Sono Luminus label in 2016.
As a devoted orchestral musician, Park has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. She also served as principal cellist of the Peabody Symphony and Chamber Orchestras while studying at the Peabody Institute.
Park earned a Master of Music degree in cello performance and cello pedagogy with an Artistic Excellence Award at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Alan Stepansky. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Alan Rafferty. Park is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.