Award-winning jazz pianist Hyuna Park’s musical universe is both deeply connected to New York and its vibrant jazz tradition while at the same time embracing her Korean and her classical roots. She is the 2018 winner of the International Women in Jazz (IWJ) festival audition and her debut trio album is scheduled to be released later this year.

 

Hyuna Park

Born in Masan, South Korea in 1984, pianist Hyuna Park starts receiving formal training at the age of three, she eventually attends KyungHee University and is awarded two scholarships. As a young jazz pianist in Korea, Park enjoys a successful career with steady performing engagements, festival appearances, movie and TV soundtracks. Despite her success in her native country, she decides to take her playing and her career to a new level and moves to New York City in 2010. She attends Queens College, where she graduates in 2011 with a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance and receives the 'Jimmy Heath Award.’
Park has meanwhile become an integral part of both the New York jazz scene and the international jazz community, sharing the stage with Grammy-winners Vincent Herring, Luis Bonilla, Linda Oh, Michel Mossman, Vincent Cherico, Lonnie Plaxico, David Wang, and Andy McKee. She regularly performs with the Avalon Jazz Band, A Mighty Good Thing, The Redbirds, The Endorphins and, of course, her own bands: the Hyuna Park Trio. She has performed at the Kennedy Center and the French Embassy in Washington D.C., The Philadelphia Museum Of Art in Philadelphia (opening for Harry Connick, Jr.), the Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium, and at the United Nations in New York City, a number of Embassies and Cultural Centers including the Peruvian Embassy, the Japan Society, the Asia Society as well as The Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, Flushing Town Hall in Queens. Park is a regular at many of the more prestigious jazz venues in New York City such as B.B. King’s, Zinc bar, Iridium, Club Bonafide, The Metropolitan Room, The Django, and The Harvard Club; As a Teaching Artist for the Kupferberg Center Jazz Project, Park has been sharing her artistry with gifted high school students across Queens and Brooklyn in New York City.
Park also regularly tours internationally: China and Korea (with Vincent Herring, 2013), Europe (“A Mighty Good Thing” with Luis Bonilla and Amadis Dunkel, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Korea (with her own band 2014), with CHAKA and SeungEun in South Korea (both 2016). Japan/Korea (with The Red Birds 2018). She is the winner of the 2018 International Women in Jazz (IWJ) festival audition (along with Debbie Goodrige. She has performed at the Jarasum Festival, the Shanghai Jazz Festival, the Xi Hu Festival in Hangzhou, The JMI Festival, and Em Bebbi Si Jazz in Basel, Switzerland, where she has performed with Thomas Moeckel and Daniel Fricker.
Her most recent recordings are [Tribute to Dad] The Redbirds 2nd album 2018; [The Big Band Project] Suhee Choi’s CD with Michael Mossman, Vince Cherico 2017; [The Burning Sun] by HYUNA & CHAKA’s 2016; [They Can’t take that away from me] The Red Birds 2016; [Uniting Beats] Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra 2016; [Teardrops blossom into Flower] Seungeun Do’s album 2015; [The Bruised Finger] HyoJeong Lee’s CD with Vince Cherico and Robert Sabin, 2014; [Tribute to Chabuca Granda> Corina Bartra & Her Azu Project 2014 [A mighty GoodThing] Amadis Dunkel and Luis Bonilla’s two Trombone project 2014; [Dawoon Jung] with Linda Oh 2014; [Brooklyn Sessions] with Vincent Herring, 2013; [Tatiana and Hyuna] with Tatiana Eva-Marie, 2013;
 
Photographer: Mariana Meraz