Pianist Jongdo An
"Today, Jongdo An is one of the leading pianists of his generation."
after his final stage at Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition, December, 2012. From critic of jury members. (Chairperson Prof. Menahem Pressler)
Mr. An is a winner of the prestigious Marguerite Long-Thibaud International Piano Competition 2012 in Paris. (Concert with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France) After the Grand Prix and the two more great prizes ' Prix SAS le Prince Albert II de Monaco' for the best Recital and' Prix SACEM' for the best interpretation of modern music, Mr. An began a prestigious concert series around the world with the great success of audience and critics. His interpretation of Schumann Piano Concerto with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France was particularly appreciated at the final stage of Long Thibaud Crespin Competition Paris, Opéra Comique Paris, 2012.
"In the Schumann concerto. masterly, it was far from the struggle between an orchestra and piano: it was on the contrary, an osmosis of all moments in the dynamics and colors, between the soloist and the musicians, giving an incredible force in the proper sense, in this work, with phrases rarely also intelligently discursive and also released."
Francoise Ferrand, Resmusica
His numerous concerts attest to his exceptional musical maturity. Mr. An can look back on a long way of competition successes. He won many prestigious international competitions and he is a regular invited guest at the leading international festivals, the concert series as well as performing with highly recognized orchestras in the world. Some of them are Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, KBS Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Kielce Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Mr. An’s great international successes includes appearances in many solo recitals in the world leading concert stages such as, at Salle Gaveau Paris, Opéra Comique Paris, Wiener Konzerthaus, Seoul Arts Center, St. Petersburg Philharmonie, Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, Grosser Saal des Mozarteum Salzburg, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Gasteig Munich, BASF Concert Hall. As an artist of Steinway Prize Winner Concerts, Mr. An performed in many joint concerts in NDR Philharmonie Hannover, BASF Concert Hall, Louisiana Modern Art Museum.
Identified as a rising star in the contemporary generation, his artistic achievements were highly honored with grand awards such as Culture Prize awarded by Korean National Assembly as well as Seoul Music Prize awarded by Seoul Education Broadcasting in 2016.
The musical interpretation of Mr. An is highly respected by not only the audience, but the critics as well. Following is the quote from an article.
"Every listener [...] to instantly lose in the flow of music" (Ruhr Nachrichten, 2014). Again and again, his intimate playing, a soft touch, and the clear and powerful sound, as well as the ability that fulfills the music with a logical consequence and that put their expression into the foreground."
(Hanover General Newspaper, 2016)
Currently, his programs focus on the German Romantic music and French Baroque music. His preference of German Romantic Music is mainly influenced by his place of education. Since Mr. An’s early stage of learning, his teachers from Germany and Austria passed on their passion for German music to him. From Salzburg, Austria Mr. An acquainted and appreciated Viennese classical music. From Hamburg, Germany he acquainted the music of romanticism and developed a special predilection for Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. On the other hand, Mr. An’s interest in French baroque music is influenced from an inner sphere and is closely connected with the memories of his childhood. Above all, the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau and François Couperin made a great impression and until this day he awakens in his naturalness the feeling of a symbiotic bond of his personality.
While music is the greatest passion in his life, there are many more that enriches his passion. Visiting museums, writing about music, or even rowing on river which create not only calmness, but also an inspiration effecting on his musical understanding and the design of his interpretations.
Jongdo An was born 1986 in the harbor city, Incheon in South Korea. He entered the classical music at the age of four. After his first studies at the Arts High School in Seoul, South Korea, his longing for the music of W. Mozart led him to make the decision to leave South Korea. He moved to Austria at the age of 17 to study at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. He graduated in studies from Prof. Christoph Lieske and Prof. Pavel Gililov Bachelor, Master and Postgraduate degree with the highest honor. After the degrees, he was admitted to the University of Music and Theater Hamburg and graduated Konzertexamen Degree from Prof. Marian Migdal with the highest honor in 2016.
Recently, he puts his name on the artist roster of Steinway Spirio by recording a gorgeous suite of Jean-Philippe Rameau