Biography

Pianist Angela Park has established herself as one of Canada’s most sought-after pianists. Praised for her “stunningly beautiful pianism” (Grace Welsh Prize, Chicago), “beautiful tone and sensitivity” (American Record Guide), and for performing “with such brilliant clarity it took your breath away” (Chapala, Mexico), Angela’s versatility as both soloist and chamber musician has led to acclaimed performances across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Mexico.

Angela is in demand as a collaborator with musicians from across Canada. She has a longstanding partnership with cellist Rachel Mercer, having performed as the Mercer-Park Duo since 2006. Rachel and Angela performed with violinist Yehonatan Berick as the AYR trio from 2010-2020. They currently perform together with violinist Scott St. John (St.John-Mercer-Park Trio), and with violinist Mayumi Seiler (Seiler Trio). Another important collaboration is with violist Sharon Wei. They have performed for over 25 years as the Wei-Park Duo and have toured Canada under the auspices of Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic. In 2006, they co-founded Ensemble Made In Canada, a JUNO-Award winning group they performed with until 2022. Since 2019, she has collaborated as a piano duo with Stéphan Sylvestre. Angela also performs regularly alongside acclaimed clarinetist James Campbell and soprano Leslie Fagan.

Angela has appeared on such series as Montreal’s Pro Musica, Ottawa Chamberfest, Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound, Winnipeg Virtuosi, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut Tours, CBC Onstage, Orchestra London Canada, Sinfonia Toronto, Stratford Symphony, and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico. Highlights this season include solo recitals for Confluence Concerts, Thunder Bay’s Consortium Aurora Borealis, and Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, St.John-Mercer-Park Trio concerts across Ontario, duo recitals with violist Sharon Wei, Mercer-Park collaborations.

Angela’s discography includes solo piano recordings, a debut album as well as all-Canadian recording with cellist Rachel Mercer, and three recordings with Ensemble Made In Canada. EMIC’s Mosaïque album was awarded a JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year (Chamber/Solo). Angela is also part of a live concert recording of the Suites Hebraiques by Srul Irving Glick with James Campbell, Cameron Crozman, Wallace Halladay,  Elissa Lee, Barry Shiffman, and Sharon Wei. She has recorded for such labels as Centrediscs, NAXOS Canadian Classics, and Enharmonic Records.

Angela’s formative training began in London, Ontario, where she studied piano with Charlotte Cleland, Sr. Janet Zadorsky, Tina Yanchus-Hibbard, and Ronald Turini. She would further her studies in Toronto, Montreal, and New York with such influential teachers as James Anagnoson, William Aide, Paul Stewart, and Jacob Lateiner. She studied Biology and Music Performance at Western University, completed her MMus in Performance at the University of Toronto, and earned her DMA in Solo Performance from the Université de Montréal. Angela also played violin at the national level for ten years, having studied with Richard Lawrence and Eduard Minevich.

Angela has won numerous awards and prizes in major competitions both at home and abroad, including the International Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Canadian National Music Festival, Honens International Piano Competition, and the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona.

From 2011-2014, Angela was Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano-Woodwinds at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She has given masterclasses and educational outreach sessions for universities and communities across Canada, as well as at SUNY New Paltz, Stanford, and Indiana University in the United States. Angela is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at Western University. She is also co-Artistic Director of 5 at the First Chamber Music Series in Hamilton, and sits on the board of the Stratford Summer Music Festival.  

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