Meet the artists

Kun-Woo Paik​

Kun-Woo Paik

Pianist

Born in Seoul, Kun-Woo Paik’s first concert was at the age of 10 performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Korean National Orchestra. In the following years he has made his name performing several premieres such as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. At the age of 15, Kun-Woo Paik moved to New York to study with Rosina Lhévinne at the Julliard School and with Ilona Kabos in London. He also studied in Italy with Guido Agosti and Wilhelm Kempff. Mr. Paik is the winner of the Naumburg and Gold Medalist at the Busoni International Piano Competitions, and his international career took off following his first New York appearance, in which he performed complete piano works by Maurice Ravel at the Lincoln Centre, and his orchestral debut at the Carnegie Hall.

In 1974 Paik made his European debuts with 3 consecutive recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London, following in 1975 by a recital at the Berlin Philharmonic. Since then he has closely collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Long Yu, Sir. Neville Marriner, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Jiří Bělohlávek, Mikhail Pletnev, Dmitri Kitaenko, James Conlon, John Nelson and Eliahu Inbal and performed with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, London Symphony, BBC Symphony(Last Night of the Proms 1987), Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Symphony, Hungarian National, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rai Italia, Warsaw Philharmonic, and English Chamber Orchestra.

Kun-Woo Paik’s numerous recordings include Scriabin, Liszt, complete works for solo piano by Mussorgsky, complete Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos and Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini (under Vladimir Fedoseyev for BMG.) His complete Prokofiev Piano Concerto recording received both the “Diapason d’or” of the year in 1993 and “Nouvelle Academie du disque” Award in France. 

As an exclusive Decca artist, to celebrate J. S. Bach’s year in 2000, he recorded Busoni’s Transcriptions of Bach’s organ works followed by an album of Faure’s Piano works, which won all the major prizes in France.

In 2005, Kun-Woo Paik started new project to record all 32 Sonatas by Beethoven for Decca. First volume (Sonatas No. 16~26) was released in August 2005. In 2007 and 2017, Kun-Woo Paik gave 8 consecutive recitals performing all Beethoven’s 32 sonatas in China and in Korea with great popular success, to celebrate the completion of his recording of Beethoven’s masterpiece.

Kun-Woo Paik lives in Paris and is the Artistic Director of the Emerald Coast Music Festival in Dinard(France) and was made the “Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres” by the French Government in 2000. In 2019, his recording of Complete Chopin Nocturnes was released by Deutshe Grammophon, and ‘Kun-Woo Paik and Chopin’ recitals took place in 15 cities in Korea. 

Dan Zhu​

Dan Zhu

Violinist, Artistic director

Dan Zhu is widely recognized as one of the leading musicians of his generation on the international stage today, praised as “an artist of affecting humility and beautiful tone production” by The Strad magazine, performing internationally in North America, Europe, and Asia. His recent triumphant performance with the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Festival has been raved by the critics as “truly brilliant, compelling, and polished”. He has appeared with world class orchestras under the direction of Maestros Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Philippe Entremont, Jacek Kaspszyk, Uroš Lajovic, Alexander Rahbari, En Shao, Carl St.Clair, Muhai Tang, Ralf Weikert, Long Yu among many others, and has been invited to perform and give master classes at renowned festivals, such as Salzburg Festspiele, Tanglewood, Verbier, Kuhmo, Marlboro, Enescu, Schleiswig-Holstein, Prades-Casals, Ravinia, and Spoleto.

Dan Zhu’s recent seasons highlights of duo recitals with Christoph Eschenbach on Mozart and Beethoven sonatas at the Kennedy Center and at NCPA in Beijing; with pianist Gerhard Oppitz at Enescu Festival; with Kun Woo Paik on the complete Beethoven violin & piano sonata cycle worldwide; solo appearance includes with Zubin Mehta and the Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; with Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburg Festspiele; with the Philadelphia Orchestra on Tan Dun’s concerto with the composer conducting the performance at Kimmel Center; Recital at Verbier Festival; Tchaikovsky violin concerto with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra touring in China; Chamber music series at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; K.A.Hartmann “Concerto Funebre” with Korean Chamber Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center; China premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto “Let Fly” with the composer conducting Hong Kong Philharmonic; Symphony Orchestras of Boston, Belgrade, Hong Kong, New York, Munich, Paris, Vancouver, etc.

As an active chamber musician, he has collaborated with pianists Philippe Entremont, Peter Frankl, Richard Goode, Lang Lang, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and other instrumentalists includes Joshua Bell, Henri Demarquette, Nobuko Imai, Mischa Maisky, Paul Meyer. His duo recitals with pianist Tzimon Barto in Hamburg was highly acclaimed by Die Welt as “distinctive dramaturgy of contrasts, crystalline tones with intensity and sensitivity”, this season’s recital with pianist Michel Dalberto in Paris was praised as “sovereignty and freedom of Dalberto’s piano playing responds to the fluent subtlety of Dan Zhu at his very ease in the score of constantly renewed imagination” by the Parisian press. 

A native of Beijing, Zhu made his first public appearance at the age of nine, performing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto with the China Youth Chamber Orchestra. At age twelve he entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied with Xiao-zhi Huang. Four years later he was awarded the Alexis Gregory Scholarship to study with Lucie Robert at Mannes College of Music in New York. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with Tchaikovsky violin concerto at the age of eighteen. His mentors have included Ivry Gitlis, Gerard Poulet, and Aaron Rosand. As recording artist, Dan Zhu has appeared on several international labels, such as Cascavelle, CPO, Naxos, ORF. His latest world premiere recordings of Boris Papandopulo’s violin concerto and Bright Sheng’s chamber music album “Northern Lights” with the composer on the piano, both were released last year.

Dan Zhu has collaborated with numbers of the leading composers of our time on concert stages and in recordings, including George Benjamin, Gyorgy Kurtag, Krzysztof Penderecki, the late Gian-Carlo Menotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, and Xiaogang Ye. He is also an dedicated member of the Nature Conservancy and the Antarctic Forum in support of the environmental protection, have been on three expedition trips to the Antarctica, and the first violinist in the history performed on the continent in 2013. Follow Dan Zhu’s music world at www.danzhumusic.com

Polona Kuret​

Polona Kuret

Violinist, pedagogue

Besides her active performing career, Ms. Kuret has been dedicating her passion towards violin teaching and reviving the traditional cultures of the world through the sound vibrations. Participants will be taken to their inner beings and discovering the power of the sound and its effects on physical and mental bodies through her teaching.

Helena Gabrijelčič Tomc

Helena Gabrijelčič Tomc

Professor

After the training that led Helena to her doctorate and academic status as a university lecturer and researcher in the field of graphic and information technology and audiovisual communication media, she discovered that professional and personal life was always accompanied by an inseparable companion. This accompaniment is a non-conceptual vocal and gestural expression and the purest and most authentic form of expression of herself. Initially, it was quietly integrated into everyday life as a form of spontaneous singing and gestures “without meaning”. Today, due to Helena’s understanding and experience of the deeply layered nature of this expression, it interweaves the essence beyond all concepts that build her life, personally, academically and socially. 

Non-conceptual vocal and gestural expression

Non-conceptual expression is a vocal (spoken, sung), written, gestural and moving creation from ourselves, which goes beyond the learned linguistic and motor structures and forms and thus beyond the established concepts of being and living. The non-conceptual vocal expression as the main driver for these authentic expressions bypasses the mentally based and brain-oriented structures of our thoughts, beliefs and emotions and directly activates the heart space through physical and subliminal feelings. From the heart space the feeling of the connection between the human being and the pure presence of being and life spreads to all cells of the body. The transmission of the information alchemy of sound and light is activated and directly addresses the DNA. Nonconceptual linguistics and energy weaving enable the DNA as a quantum organic computer to respond at the given moment in the most genuine and unique way possible.

Deja Muck

Deja Muck

Professor

Deja Muck holds a Ph.D. and a full professorship at the Department of Textile, Graphics and Design at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She has been interested in art and spirituality as well as science since she was a teenager. Using the Fractal Drawing Method, Deja proved to herself that the boundaries of what is possible could be moved. Because she experienced extremely strong and positive results when she applied this method in her own life, she greatly enjoys spreading this acquired knowledge so anyone can benefit from it. She is a holder of the Level 1 Fractal Method of Diagnosis and Correction of Human Condition Certificate, which she received directly from the author of the method, and she is a representative of Slovenia in the International Association for the Development and Dissemination of the Fractal Method “Projection”. In addition, Deja devotes herself to upgrading and developing the method, especially in the field of energy fractal portraits.

Method of fractal drawing

The Fractal Drawing Method is one of the therapeutic art therapy methods which is based on making a spontaneous drawing, consisting of lines and colors. Fractal drawings develop our creative powers and have an even greater influence on a deeper level of our life. The purpose behind this method is to increase love for ourselves, and thus to create happiness and well-being in the present moment. By drawing fractals with closed eyes we change our life and advance the limits of what is possible. We dive into the world of abstract colors and reach a point where thoughts disappear; and along with them disappear all our troubles, pain, and negative emotions. By making fractal drawings we develop a skill to approach life in a creative manner and redirect ourselves to the path to ourselves, to our true self.