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BIOGRAPHY

Helena Ha-Young Sul, Swedish pianist
The Founder and Artistic Director for Gothenburg Piano Festival

Helena Ha-Young Sul, Concert pianist

The Swedishborn concertpianist Helena Ha-Young Sul has her roots in Korea and Japan.

 

She works as a pianosoloist, teacher as well as in chamber music. 

She has had pianoworks dedicated to her directly from the composers, for instance the internationally renowned Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson.

Helena Ha-Young is also a devoted pianoteacher.

At the age of 15 Ha-Young entered the ROYAL DANISH MUSIC ACADEMY in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her first teachers were her mother, Inga Törnblom and Marianne Jacobs.

Other teachers were Tom Ernst, prof. José Ribera (solo-piano), Amalie Malling, Anne Öland (chambermusic), Friedrich Gurtler (accompany). She graduated in 1998 with the highest marks in solo-piano and chambermusic.

In 1998 she entered Master Degree (pr. Postgraduate Performance Course) and studied for 2 years at the ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC LONDON, England.

Her teacher was prof. Christopher Elton. 1999-2000 she had also entered the Pianoteaching programme with Vanessa Latarche.

In 2000 she continued CONSERVATOIRE DE MUSIQUE DE GENÈVE, Switzerland in Classe de Virtuosité and studied for 3 years with prof. Dominique Merlet and Contemporary Music with Jean-Jacques Balet. She graduated with the highest mark Diplome de Soloiste.

During her studies Helena Ha-Young took part in several international masterclasses such as Tel-Hai International Piano Master Israel with teacher Pnina Salzman and was awarded scholarships from Kgl Musikaliska Akademien and Lions Rotary Club among others.

In Forth Worth she colloborated with Stanislav Ioudenitch, José Feghali, Yoheved Kaplinsky and Tamas Ungar. Other masterclasses were in Darmstadt with prof. Hans Leygraf. Further on with Liisa Pohjola (Finland), Romuald Sztern, Per Tengstrand, and Iliya Itin (Sweden) Paul Badura-Skoda and Charles Rosen (UK).

In 2000 she continued CONSERVATOIRE DE MUSIQUE DE GENÈVE, Switzerland in Classe de Virtuosité and studied for 3 years with prof. Dominique Merlet and Contemporary Music with Jean-Jacques Balet. She graduated with the highest mark Diplome de Soloiste.

She was selected as Young Artists at the University of Texas in Forth Worth, USA and was awarded as Pianist of the Year, Skåne in 2000.

Helena Ha-Young has participated in many national and international pianofestivals as the International Piano festival in Eindhoven, Holland, Steinway & Sons Festival in Berlin, Germany, Piano en Saintonge, France, Festival Archipel, Switzerland, Helsingborgs Pianofestival and Båstads international chambermusicfestival, Sweden. Among concerts she has performed pianoconcertos like Mozart Pianoconcerto no. 19, no. 21 and Beethoven Triple concerto with Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Tchaikowski no.2, Mendelssohn no.1 and Grieg with Helsingborgs Symphony Orchestra and Tivoli Symphony Orchestra. She has colloborated with conductors as Arild Remmereit, Tommy B. Andersson, Olaf Henzold, Michael Tabachnik and Owain Arwel Hughes.

As a solo-pianist and chambermusician Helena Ha-Young has performed in Sweden, Denmark (1998-99 a concert with five Beethoven sonatas and a concert only works by Chopin at Tivolis Concerthall) Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland, USA China and South-Korea.

In 2011 she performed works by Liszt and invited selected pianists for this event Liszt jubilee at Stenhammarsalen at Concerthouse, Sweden and the Concert was recorded by Swedish Radio P2.

She appeared on Television and Radio (BBC, DR-radio, Swedish Radio P2, Suisse Romande and Swedish Television...

Helena Ha-Young is also an interpret of new Contemporary Music and performed with Ensemble Contemporain in Switzerland, new Music as Betsy Jolas, Lionel Rogg and Rolf Martinsson (dedicated especially the piano piece Acquarius for her) and latest Sofia Gubaidulina received succesfully with the Composer herself.

A documentary is recorded for Swedish Radio in 2011.

Since 2010 she is the Founder and Artistic director for the Gothenburg Piano Festival, Sweden.

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