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Recognition for the Ennoblement of the Human Sprit in Academics, The Arts, and Human Welfare

2000 Laureates

Kun-Woo Paik

Laureates Story

  • The Ho-Am Prize in The Arts
  • Kun-Woo Paik
  • Education & Work Experience
    1946 Born in Seoul 1967 First Prize Winner, Naumburg Award 1969 First Prize Winner, Ferruccio Busoni Award 1970 Attended the Julliard School/recipient 1970 Joseph Lhevine Award 1982 Franz Liszt Medal 1992 Golden Diapason Award, Nouvelle Accademie du Disque Award 1994 ~ Artistic Director, Emerald Coast Festival, Dinard, France


Described by Le Figaro as ″The true authentic virtuoso, the beast of the piano as well as the perfect musician,″ pianist Kun-Woo Paik has been guest soloist with the major orchestras of Europe, such as the London Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Munich Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra. In 1987 he appeared as soloist at the ″Last Night of the Proms″ with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In May 1991, in celebration of Sergei Prokofiev`s centennial, he performed all five concerts with the Polish National Radio Orchestra, conducted by Antoni Wit for Polish television. His recital at Alice Tully Hall in which he played the completed works of Ravel established him as an outstanding interpreter of Ravel. This was followed by his cycle of six recitals devoted to the works of Franz Liszt given in Paris and London, which moved Brigitte Massin to write in Le Matin, ″...for Kun Woo Paik to play Franz Liszt is a mystical voyage, a way to make his audience enter into the heart of the works...″In August 1997, he completed recording a new version of all of Rachmaninoff`s piano concertos including Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini with the Moscow Radio Philharmonic and Maestro Fedoselev for BMG International. In February 1998 he premiered a new concerto for piano and orchestra written specially for Mr. Paik by prominent Korean composer Suk-Hi Kang, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de France during the contemporary music festival ″Presences″ in Paris.