Pianist Cha Young Park has distinguished herself both as a performer of notable artistry and as a generous teacher. Her teacher and mentor Emile Naoumoff, the last student of Nadia Boulanger, said of Dr. Park that “her solar charisma touches souls and minds alike.” Dr. Park has performed in solo and chamber recitals across the United States and Asia, and she recently made her solo debut at both Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) and Steinway Hall in New York City.
Upon immigrating from South Korea to the United States in 1997, Dr. Park continued her musical studies, winning awards in national and international competitions. She attended Butler University on a full scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2008. While at Butler, she received an Audition Award from the Jordan College of Fine Arts as well as the Pi Kappa Lambda Scholarship, and she won first prize in the Jordan College of Fine Arts Concerto Competition. In 2011, Dr. Park received the Artistic Excellence Award—a full scholarship from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University—where she earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance in 2013. In 2021, she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from The Catholic University of America. In addition to Emile Naoumoff, Dr. Park’s principal teachers include noted pedagogue Dr. Steve Roberson, Arnaldo Cohen, Dr. Kate Boyd, and Andrew Russo.
Dr. Park is a highly regarded piano teacher with over ten years’ experience. She works with students across a wide range of repertoire and age levels, offering lessons in English and Korean. She held a piano faculty position in the Pre-College Young Pianist Program at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, where she also maintained a private studio. Furthermore, she has taught group lessons, coached chamber groups, and led seminars at the Butler University Summer Piano Camp and the Levine Music and Arts Camp. Many of her students have gone on to summer music festivals, participated in competitions, and performed in solo recitals.
Dr. Park is a piano faculty member at the Potomac School and at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, and she maintains an extensive private studio. As an exemplary creative entrepreneur, she owns a dedicated studio space in the Pimmit Hills area of Falls Church VA that can be rented for instruction, rehearsal, and recording. Dr. Park is also an early adopter, in the classical music genre, of digital technologies that allow for new, evolving ways of universal connection with audiences worldwide. Recently, she released her NFTs with the snowDAQ platform in South Korea and gave her first Metaverse concert, and she shares interactive performance and instruction on her YouTube channel. An active member of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association and the Washington DC Music Teachers Association, she is frequently invited to serve as an adjudicator. @chayoungpark & @chaparkpianostudio