Maxine Park, 11, is a 7th grader at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, NH. She has been a student of Mila Filatova since she was seven years old, and previously studied with Linda Lienhard for a year.
In the past several years, Maxine has received first prize in numerous competitions, most recently at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT; the Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition for New England; New York Concerti Sinfonietta's 2016 International Shining Stars Debut Series; and the New Hampshire Granite State Piano Competition in both solo and duet categories.
In the summer of 2015, Maxine was the youngest student attending Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music Piano Academy, where she was selected to perform in a master class for Emile Naoumoff and the Piano Academy's Honors Recital at Auer Hall. This summer, she performed Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Major, K.467 with the New York Concerto Sinfonietta at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. She was also invited to perform in July at the International Chopin Festival in Busko-Zdroj, Poland.
Last winter, Maxine was invited by NPR's From the Top to perform as Yoda (along with Darth Vader and Princess Leia) in a video mashup featuring a six-hands arrangement of John Williams' Star Wars and classical music. The video went viral in social media, receiving over 2 million views.
Maxine also performs locally for the community, including in retirement communities in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, for holiday events at the Omni Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods, and at Massachusetts General Hospital. She feels especially honored to have performed in a fundraising recital for the American Red Cross to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Outside of music, Maxine loves math and poetry, and has developed a personal interest in social psychology. She recently placed 3rd at the 2016 Mathleague.org National Championship, and her essay based on an interview with an inspiring math professor earned her first prize in an essay contest held by the Mathematics Department at Dartmouth College. She spends much of her free time helping her younger sister Roxane with math and piano.