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Fourteen year old cellist Bihn 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 gave him lessons once a week until two months before his death at age 101, and was purported to have said to virtuoso Yo Yo Ma that, in his 70 years of teaching cello, Bihn was the most talented student he had ever worked with.
Bihn debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 12. 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 has taken first place honors in numerous 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 is currently the Principal Cellist of the Temple Music Prep Youth Chamber Orchestra and studies with Metta Watts, Thomas Kraines, and Lynn Harrell. He has also had master classes with the American String Quartet, Daedalus Quartet and with cellist Marcy Rosen. In August of 2012, Bihn will perform the Brahms Double Concerto with the Kennett Symphony. Being a very active chamber musician as well as a soloist, he will also play the Schubert Death of the Maiden on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”.
At his Glencairn debut, Mr. Park’s performance will feature Bach's Suite IV in Eb Major. Acclaimed pianist Nozomi Takashima will accompany Bihn for the rest of the program, which will include Beethoven’s Sonata in A major, Op. 69; Dvorak’s Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, first movement; and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in g minor, Op. 19, third movement. 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 Intenational, the Quartet Progam, 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.
At the conclusion of the concert the audience is invited to meet the performers at a reception where light refreshments will be served, and ride up nine floors in the Museum’s elevator to the tower observation deck, with its commanding view of the local area and the Philadelphia skyline.