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Best of 2004: Sejoon Park

He's tickling the ivories and making a name for himself.

Young Master. In July 2001, Sejoon Park–speaking no English–left his parents in Korea to study piano in America. Since then, he's been Student of the Year at DC's Levine School of Music and an honors student at St. James Catholic School in Falls Church, where he lives with his aunt. He placed second in Oberlin College's prestigious International Piano Competition and has performed at the Kennedy Center. "My dream," says the 14-year-old, now fluent in English, "is to become a famous pianist or conductor."

Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl.  Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.