Myung Hwang Park (South Korea/France)
Composer in Residence, Guest Artist
Studies Composition Theory and Film Scoring at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, while being laureate of scholarships from the Tarazzi Foundation and Leg Jabès Foundation
Composer and musician on numerous cine-concerts in film festivals (Mon premier festival at Paris, Music&Cinéma at Aubagne and Marseille) and cine concerts Méliès redécouvert (Maison de la Radio France), and Voyage extraordinaire (Hermès)
Born in 1987, Park made a commitment to music studies at the age of 16. One year later, he moved to France and started learning Piano and Composition theory at Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Lyon. Park pursues his studies of Composition theory at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon then Conservatoire de Paris, and Piano at Haute Ecole de Music de Genève in parallel.
His teachers and mentors include Bruno Coulais, Marie-Jeanne Serero, Thierry Escaich, Yves Henry, Dominique Weber, Alexandre Tanguy, David Menke.
After obtaining Master of Arts degree with piano at Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève in 2013 and another master degree in composition theory at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2018, Park integrated Media composing(film scoring) class in Fall 2018 while being named laureate of Tarazzi fondation and Mécénat Musical Société Générale the following year.
From 2013 to 2015, he worked as music arranger at Korea National Police Orchestra, as the mandatory national service. Besides of music arrangement and composition, he also worked as pianist and music teacher for police agents.
Between 2017 and 2020, Park did numerous collaborations with animation schools such as Les Gobelins, Atelier Supérieur de l’Animation de Sèvres or École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, and with Conservatoire européen d’écriture audiovisuelle(CEEA) for a pilot of series. One of his collaborations , Cine-concert wise, Park composed, directed and performed for the 3 cine-concerts of the festival Mon premier festival(2018 and 2019) and composed an original score for 2 cine-concerts de la classe de composition de musique à l’image at Conservatoire de Paris(2019 and 2020), and for Méliès redécouvert at Maison de la Radio(2020).
Park was selected at 2019 edition of Les Arcs international film festival for the talent village program, as one of 4 composers collaborating with 8 directors. In 2021, he was selected to master class and 3ème personnage-marché européen de la composition musicale of Aubagne international film festival.
Besides commissions such as a song for a public service advertising from Busan Metropolitan Police Agency, or a piece for the annuel concert of the choir of Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental de Fresnes, his original compositions are played in diverse locations such as France, South Korea, USA, Canada, Poland. His latest composition « Excuse me, you are on fire » was premiered at Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in June 2019, and is published by UCLA Music Library in Contemporary Music Score Collection.
His taste for singularity, but without eccentricity, reflects his choices of the pianistic repertoire and his musical style: As a pianist, he avoids including "too well known" works in his program. The music of the XX-XXI century takes a rather important place in its repertoire. But his interpretations of the older repertoire, particularly baroque, are often perceived as unusual. He projects his personality also in all his work of understanding. He performed at la nuit d’impro live broadcasted at France musique(2016), concert at Cité Internationale des Arts(2019).
In composition, Park emphasizes the relationship not only between the composer and the audience but especially with the musician: The whole experience of musicians in the preparatory works and performance of the piece is essential. For that reason, the collaboration with musician/s is an important factor. His music takes various look from contemplative and poetic to friendly and humoristic.
Since 2012, Park has been maintaining a close friendship with the American pianist Andrew J. Yang, to whom he dedicated piano works premiered by Yang.