New Orleans Keyboard Festival

  • 21 Jul 2019
  • 28 Jul 2019
  • Loyola University College of Music and Dramatic Arts
Ziang Xu, Gold 2018 Sejoon Park, Silver 2012

Ziang Xu (Gold 2018)                             Sejoon Park (Silver 2012)

The annual New Orleans Keyboard Festival, which runs concurrently with the New Orleans Piano Institute, presents a series of guest artist recitals performed by former medalists of the biennial New Orleans International Piano Competition. Additionally presented are master classes, solo and concerto competitions, and performances featuring the students of the New Orleans Piano Institute. This year's guest artists are 2018 NOIPC Gold Medalist Ziang Xu and 2012 NOIPC Silver Medalist Sejoon Park.

Keyboard Festival Guest Artist Recitals:

Ziang Xu, Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM, Loyola University's Roussel Hall

Sejoon Park, Sunday, July 28, 2:30 PM, Loyola University's Roussel Hall

Program Information


For information about the New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI), visit the official NOPI website page. A complete schedule of NOPI events from July 21-28 including master classes, solo and concerto competition rounds, and the student showcase recital will be posted soon.

About the Guest Artists

Chinese-born pianist, Ziang Xu, has distinguished himself in several international competitions. His prizes and awards include first prizes in New Orleans International Piano Competition, Rondo Young Artist Competition, The East Coast International Piano Competition, The Princeton Festival Piano Competition, and The Grand Prize at Steinway Society of Puerto Rico Award. He has also been awarded top prizes at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival the New England Conservatory Honors Competition, and the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation. He has performed widely including at Carnegie (Weill) Hall, Ukrainian Institute, Hunter College in New York, and at New England Conservatory`s Jordan Hall. His performances of the complete Chopin Etudes, a feat for any pianist, were described as “extraordinary.”

Making his solo debut at age eleven, Ziang studied at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and pursued undergraduate studies at the Mannes School of Music, as a student of Vladimir Feltsman and Victor Rosenbaum, with whom he continued to study at the New England Conservatory as he pursued his Master of Music degree. Ziang is now studying with Bruce Brubaker as Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the New England Conservatory.

Praised as an artist “one could hardly heap too much praise on” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), pianist Sejoon Park was born to cellist parents in Seoul, Korea, and at the age of ten made   his orchestral debut with Korea’s Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. He moved to the U.S. shortly thereafter, and was featured in Washingtonian Magazine for a performance named one of the “Best of 2004” and broadcast on NPR’s “From the Top.” In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Park presents a series of concerts with an all-American program, including classics of Samuel Barber and George Gershwin, as well as works of living composers Daniel Temkin and Joel Puckett.

A winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, Mr. Park has also received top prizes from the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the PianoArts Competition, the Southeastern Piano Competition, and the King Award for Young Artists. Recent performances include his Philadelphia recital debut and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He has also been soloist  with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salina Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared on the stages of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, Colorado. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR, WWFM radio.

Mr. Park performs frequently in his native South Korea, and his passion for musical outreach activities has led him to assist in organizing the Seongnam Love Music Festival, through which he invited U.S.-based performers to travel abroad to perform for Korean audiences. He performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerti, Nos. 2 and 3 with both the Incheon Philharmonic and the Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made additional    solo appearances with the United Korean Orchestra, and the Euroasian Philharmonic, and performed on      the stages of the Seoul Arts Center, Gumho Art Hall, and Samick Art Hall in solo and chamber  performances.

A former PianoArts Fellow and Artist for Sing for Hope, Mr. Park organized and regularly performed educational concerts for school children across the U.S., and gives free concerts for healthcare patients and seniors in under-resourced communities.

Sejoon Park holds a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. 

Sejoon Park appears courtesy of Astral Artists.

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