Bihn Park in Concert

Doors open at 2:30 pm

$15 Adults, $10 Members/Students with I.D.

Please Note: Due to Hurricane Sandy, Glencairn has power but no heat. However, we are still hosting Bihn Park in concert. Please wear warm clothing if you attend Mr. Park’s concert, as the building temperature is somewhat cool.
Thank you for your understanding.

Renowned fifteen year old cellist Bihn Park returns for his second appearance under the rich mosaic of Glencairn’s stunning Great Hall Arch, where he will once again be accompanied by acclaimed pianist Nozomi Takashima. The program includes Frescobaldi/Cassado Toccata, Bach suite no. 6 in D major, and Schumann’s complete concerto in A minor.

Mr. Park began lessons at age 7 in Chicago. After moving to Philadelphia, he continued his studies with Metta Watts and the legendary Orlando Cole. Mr. Cole, a member of the first class at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1934) and a founding member of the Curtis Quartet, gave him lessons once a week until two months before his death at age 101. Cole told Watts that Park was the most talented student he had ever worked with in his 70-year teaching career at Curtis and Temple University, something he reported to virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma as well. “Orlando… gave Yo-Yo a recording of (Park),” Watts said this past spring. “Bihn is very, very special. He was born to play the cello.” Park got to meet the world famous cellist when he appeared several years ago at the Mann Center in Philadelphia.

Bihn, who lives in Haverford, debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12 after he won the Greenfield award in the children’s division in 2009. He performed with them again this year, playing the first movement of the Dvorak Concerto, after winning the Greenfield Competition’s Junior Division. He has taken first place honors in numerous other competitions, including Tri-county music festivals, PADE ASTA (American String Teacher Association), Wagner College’s Young Artist Competition, Kennett Symphony and the Pottstown Symphony. He has soloed with the Ambler Symphony, Bucks County Symphony, Temple Music Prep Youth Chamber Orchestra, Temple Music Prep Baroque Orchestra, Warminster Symphony and Ocean City Pops Orchestra. He is currently the Principal Cellist of the Temple Music Prep Youth Chamber Orchestra where he holds the Orlando Cole Chair and studies with Thomas Kraines. Previous teachers include Lynn Harrell, Hai-Ye Ni and Karen Meier. Bihn has also studied with Hans Jensen on a merit scholarship at the Meadowmount School of Music. He has had master classes with the American String Quartet, Daedalus Quartet, Johannes Quartet and with cellist Marcy Rosen. He has played by invitation at Glencarin Museum and at Quadrangle, PA. Being a very active chamber musician as well as a soloist, Bihn had two performances of note earlier this year: In February he played the Schubert quartet Death of the Maiden on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” and in August performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the Kennett Symphony.

Ms. Takashima is a Curtis graduate, where she studied with Vladimir Sokoloff.  She has accompanied for the studios of the Guarneri and Curtis Quartets, Julius Baker, Karen Tuttle, Joe de Pasquale and many others. Her summer engagements include Strings International, the Quartet Program, Banff Arts Festival, and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She is the staff accompanist for the Center for Gifted Children at Temple University, plays with many members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and is an active chamber musician in the Philadelphia area.