David Park, Adjunct Professor of Violin, on his upcoming landmark year

February 05 2020
David Park Centaur Records Cover  David Park Centaur Records Cover

For David Park, School of Music Adjunct Professor, 2020 will be a landmark year for violin performance.

“2020 marks the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven, and the 75th Anniversary of United Nations (UN). To pay tribute, I will perform an all-Beethoven program at a landmark UN Ballroom in London where the inaugural General Assembly reception took place hosted by King George VI and Prime Minister Attlee. This is very fitting since music of Beethoven represents freedom and solidarity. For my London debut, a world-renowned violin foundation will loan me one of the rarest 18th century Stradivarius violins in the world,” Park explained.

Continuing the theme of Beethoven’s anniversary, later in the year Park will make his Long Island debut with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Then, in the Spring, he will travel to LA to play the all-time favorite, Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," with which he made his NY debut at Carnegie Hall.

Also, February marks the release of his first recording with Centaur Records, one of the oldest and largest classical labels. “This will be quite special, because I will be recording the music of Kreisler, one of my heroes. In the music industry, it is very difficult to record mainstream repertoire unless one is a household name, so I’m very grateful they are taking a chance with me. I’m also excited to collaborate with two splendid pianists, Alex Marshall and Melissa Garff Ballard. Alex is the music director of U Theater and Melissa is a noted arts patron and serves on the Utah House of Representatives.” Park said.

To top it all off, Park has recently risen to #40 in Ranker’s list of “The World’s Greatest Violinists,”  and has been selected as the first Cultural Ambassador of Ferrari.

He is looking forward to sharing all of his exciting upcoming engagements and successes with our campus community. “I hope I can do justice to these masterworks and that some of you can join me in this journey of discovering the seat of my soul,” he said.