COLLINSVILLE – The piano duo of Henry Kramer and Sun-A Park will present a program of solo and four-hand selections on Sunday, March 19, at 4 p.m. in a Shepherd Music Series concert at the Collinsville Congregational Church.
Sponsored by the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund, the concert features two rising talents in the classical music world. Their program will include works by Scarlatti, Schubert, Ravel and Albeniz.
Kramer, a native of Maine, won the silver medal in the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. This competition brought together 76 pianists of 23 nationalities to compete before a prestigious international jury. He has won a number of other top prizes in events such as the Honens International Competition, the Montreal International Music Competition and the China Shanghai International Piano Competition. The New York Times has praised his playing as “triumphant” and “thrilling.”
Ms. Park has been hailed as “incredible” by famed Argentine pianist Martha Argerich. She teamed with her sister, Esther, to win top prize in the 2016 Music Institute of Chicago International Duo Piano competition, outperforming 18 other piano duos from 14 countries. A native of South Korea, Ms. Park has been a prizewinner in numerous international competitions, including first prize in the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition (USA) as well as top prizes in the International Sendai Music Competition (Japan) and the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Italy).
The Maxwell Shepherd Arts Fund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the fine and performing arts. As with all events sponsored by the fund, admission is free. Additional information on the fund is available at maxshepherdarts.com