Coffee Concert: Four Hands, One Piano

Sunday 20 November 2022, 11am

Music Recital Room, Somerhill
Tonbridge, TN11 0NJ

Jong-Gyung Park & Anthony Zerpa-Falcón (piano duo)

 

Well-known to local audiences, Jong-Gyung and Anthony kick off our popular Coffee Concert series in the beautiful surroundings of Somerhill, with the perfect programme for a relaxed Sunday morning.


Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Four Hands

Beethoven: Selection from Symphony no. 6 (Pastoral)
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Claude Debussy: Petite Suite for Piano


“Jong-Gyung is one of the leading pianists of her generation.”
(NFMC)

 

Standard ticket £15  | Under 18s & Students £5
(Includes programme, post-concert refreshments and a chance to meet the artists)

 

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Jong-Gyung Park has firmly established herself as one of the leading pianists of her generation. She made her orchestral debut at the age of thirteen with Boston Symphony Orchestra and has since appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Montevideo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Belgian National Orchestra, and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra.

Jong-Gyung has performed across the UK and abroad: in North and South America, Germany, Russia, Italy, and the Netherlands. Her recent concert activities include solo and chamber music recitals in concert series in Solothurn, Switzerland, the Royal Theatre of Monnaie in Brussels, and the Sala Verdi in Milan. She is invited to give masterclasses in the United States, South America, and Asia.

Jong-Gyung was born in Korea, where she started studying the piano at age three. Her musical journey started from the Preparatory School of the Tokyo Music College in Japan, the Sun-Hwa Music School in Korea, and the Preparatory School of the New England Conservatory in the United States. Her professional education followed at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he earned Bachelor’s program with full scholarship. After the studies in Boston, she was invited to take part in the prestigious ‘Il Fondazione per Il Pianoforte’ in Como, Italy where he could interact with eminent figures in music world as Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’ong, Leon Fleisher, Alicia de Larrocha, and Martha Argerich and so on. She also studied at the Hochschule für Music in Munich where she received the Artist Diploma. Her teachers were Iguchi Aiko, Russell Sherman, Wha Kyung Byun and Elisso Wissaladze.

Jong-Gyung has received numerous international awards including Bronze medals at the Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition, the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition in Israel and the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy, where she also received Busoni Prize for commissioned work, and Laureate at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium. She was the winner of Haverhill Sinfonia International Soloist Competition in UK, which as result saw her touring and playing throughout the venues in England.

 

Encouraged by a prize in the BBC Young Musician of the Year finals, Anthony Zerpa-Falcón took up a place at the Guildhall School of Music with a full scholarship in the class of Joan Havill. After winning all the major prizes for keyboard, and graduating with the rarely awarded ‘Premier Prix’, he entered his first international piano competition, winning the third prize at the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona. After further success at competitions in Milan and Madrid, he accepted an offer to study at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Northern Italy where for two years he received tuition and guidance from luminaries of the piano such as Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Marta Argerich, Karl Schnabel and Alicia de Larrocha.

Anthony was the first prize winner of the Making Music Young Artists Award, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Myra Hess Prize. Winning these prizes gave him the opportunity to perform more than fifty concerts across the UK, including concerti with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Oxford Symphony Orchestra as well as recitals at the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall and Sheldonian Theatre.

After relocating to Madrid, Anthony won the second prize and special prize for Spanish Music at the Fundación Guerrero International Music Competition, which gave him performance opportunities all over Spain and Portugal, including a series of recitals for RTVE, Spain’s foremost broadcaster of classical music. During his time in Spain, he became deeply involved in contemporary music, and for two years was professor of chamber music at the Escuela de Musica Contemporanea in Salamanca.

On returning to the UK, alongside his career at the keyboard, Anthony took up the position of Musical Director at the Penshurst Choral Society where highlights included performances of works such as Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart Coronation Mass, Bach Magnificat in D, Haydn Te Deum and Puccini Messa di Gloria as well as Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto which he directed from the keyboard.

His work in education has included three years as Director of Music at the Mead Preparatory School and he continues to teach piano at his own studio in Tunbridge Wells and the Knole Academy in Sevenoaks, Kent.