Ha-Young Sul, pianist
Born in Malmö, Sweden with Korean-Japanese family.
She started to play piano at the age of five.
At the age of seven, she won 1st prize at the Steinway International Piano competition in Hamburg, Germany. It was broadcasted on German Television.
Since then, she has won several national and international pianocompetitions such as Kils Piano competition, Sweden (awarded twice with 1st prize), Goldmedal Berlingske Tidende Music competition in Denmark, Talentprize Ettlingen International Piano competition in Germany, finalist in the Yamaha Europe Foundation and Croydon Soloist Award, England and awarded the Thomas and Jennings/Constance Bastard Prize at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She was 3rd prize winner at Ljunggrenska Music competition at Music Academy in Gothenburg. She was the top winner for solo-pianists at the Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien in Stockholm.
She was selected as Young Artists at the University of Texas in Forth Worth, USA.
She was awarded as Pianist of the Year, Skåne in 2000.
At the age of 15 Ha-Young entered the ROYAL DANISH MUSIC ACADEMY in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her 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 Pianoteaching program 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 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 (visit at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen) 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.
At the age of 9 she made her debut as a soloist with Trelleborgs orkesterförening and Malmö Symphony Orchestra. At the age of eleven she was selected as a Swedish representant for EBU Broadcasting performing Haydn pianoconcerto with BRT Philharmonic Orchestra, Oostende in Belgium, conductor Alexander Rahbari (broadcasted on television in countries of Europe).At the age of 9 she made her debut as a soloist with Trelleborgs orkesterförening and Malmö Symphony Orchestra. At the age of eleven she was selected as a Swedish representant for EBU Broadcasting performing Haydn pianoconcerto with BRT Philharmonic Orchestra, Oostende in Belgium, conductor Alexander Rahbari (broadcasted on television in countries of Europe).
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.
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.
As a solo-pianist and chambermusician 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, South-Korea and latest in China Tour.
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...
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 recorded for Swedish Radio in 2011.
Ha-Young is an initiator and Artistic director of Gothenburg Pianofestival, Sweden.
She has been a jury member in different piano competitions for Young pianists. Also beside her concerts she regurlarly teaches in masterclasses. Her teaching experiences has been from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, the Academy of Music Ingesund, Arvika, Sunnyset Pianoskola.