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Pianists Esther and Sun-A Park are enjoying both their solo and duo career internationally. Esther and Sun-A received international recognition in several competitions including first prizes at the 61st Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition (New York), and top prizes at the 5th International Sendai Music Competition (Sendai, 2013), Jose Roca Piano Competition (Valencia, 2013), 58th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, 2011), Paderewski International Piano Competition (Bydgoszcz) and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (Salt Lake City).
As active performers, the two pianists performed recitals in major venues in United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. Concerto engagements include the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, San Marino Republic Orchestra, Orchester Haydn, New Jersey Symphony, Albany Symphony, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Castilla y León under the direction of such conductors as Eiji Oue, Arthur Hagen, Krzysztof Urbanski, Alastair Willis, and Murry Sidlin.
The duo’s broad musical interests allow them to move with ease between concertos, recitals, and chamber music, enjoying appearances around the world at important venues including the Avery Fisher Hall and the Benaroya Hall in the United States, Het Concertgebouw in the Netherlands, Slovak Philharmonic Hall in Slovakia, National Dublin Hall in Ireland, Sejong Arts Center in Korea, Sendai Cultural Center in Japan, and Miguel Delibes Cultural Center in Spain. Highlight of their performance this season includes the Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at the East Tennessee State University.
From Tennessee to Texas to New York, Justin Stanton has allowed the infinite opportunities that the world of music provides to lead him across the globe. Justin grew up in Elizabethton, Tennessee. After receiving his degree from East Tennessee State University, he pursued jazz studies at the University of North Texas, where he had the opportunity to lead several of the prestigious lab bands as a teaching fellow. He also performed in the GRAMMY Award-winning One O'Clock Lab Band, recording three albums with the group and touring throughout the U.S. and Europe. While at North Texas, Justin joined the group Snarky Puppy that, since its humble beginnings, has gone on to earn two GRAMMY Awards – one in 2014 for “Best R&BPerformance” alongside vocalist Lalah Hathaway, for their collaboration on her song, “Something,” then again in 2016 in the “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” category for Sylva, a collaborative effort with the Metropole Orkest. Justin has recorded eight albums with the group, including Family Dinner, Volume 2, featuring collaborations with artists as diverse as David Crosby, Salif Keita, Susana Baca, Laura Mvula, Knower, Becca Stevens, Jacob Collier, and Chris Turner. With Snarky Puppy, Justin has performed at most major jazz festivals throughout the world, consistently playing to sold out audiences. Justin has also performed with New Zealand recording artist Gin Wigmore, touring throughout the U.S., Europe, and New Zealand, as well as performing on several major television shows including Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, Jay Leno, and Good Morning America.
Justin resides in Brooklyn, New York, and, when not touring, maintains an active schedule performing, recording, and writing with a variety of original artists and groups, including Banda Magda, whose debut album, “Amour T'es La,” was featured in NPR's top ten list of “World Music” albums of 2013.