Western classical music

Those of you looking for interesting piano music should seek out Younee’s second solo release. She came to London back in 2009 with the launch of the album True to You (reviewed here) which showcased her talents as a singer-songwriter, and she entertained live and radio audiences with the many different facets of her musical […]

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Radio 3 features highlights from Great Mountains Music Festival

by Philip Gowman 22 March 2016
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All this week BBC Radio 3 is playing highlights from last year’s Great Mountains Music Festival (대관령국제음악제) – held each summer in Pyeongchang. You can listen to it on iPlayer for the next 30 days. (Thanks to Aidan FC for spotting) Links: Great Mountains Music Festival website

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Event news: Great Exhibitionists – Braedalyn, at the RCM

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2016
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A couple of months ago Joo Yeon Sir participated in an interesting music / projection / dance event at the RCM. In the same series is a performance tomorrow lunchtime featuring music and visuals, the latter provided by RCA student Jin Joon Lee: Great Exhibitionists – Braedalyn 1:05pm | 17 March 2016 Britten Theatre | […]

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Event news: Jason Bae & Sulki Yu with RPO members at King’s Place

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2016
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News of the second Korean Sounds concert of the year: Korean Sounds Series 2: Jason Bae & Sulki Yu with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Wed 6 April 2016, 7.30 pm Kings Place Hall Two | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG Sulki Yu (Violin), Jason Bae (Piano), Shana Douglas (Violin), Michelle Bruil […]

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Young Koreans feature prominently in this year’s Menuhin Competition

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2016
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Koreans pianists have featured prominently in recent international music competitions, such as the Leeds, Chopin and Busoni. Now is the chance for the violinists to shine. Dubbed ‘the Olympics of the Violin’, the Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading competition for young violinists, held every two years in a different world city (most recently Austin, […]

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Concert news: Joo Yeon Sir’s St John’s Smith Square debut

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2016
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Two debuts from Yoo Yeon Sir coming up: she and her pianist Irina Andrievsky make their first live radio appearance on BBC Radio 3 In Tune programme on Monday 22 February, talking with the presenter Sean Rafferty about St. John’s Smith Square Young Artist Residency (where they debut on 1 March) and the new commission […]

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Event news: Seong-jin Cho’s St John’s Smith Square debut

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2016
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Seong-jin Cho gives his first London recital after winning the International Chopin Piano Competition in October last year. Allocated seats for this all-Chopin programme sold out pretty quickly, but at the time of writing there are still some unreserved seats upstairs. Chopin Piano Competition Winner Seong-Jin Cho, piano Friday 11 March 2016, 7:30pm St John’s […]

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Event news: inaugural Korean Sounds concert at Kings Place

by Philip Gowman 24 January 2016
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The year the KCC is organising a series of concerts at Kings Place, linking in with the K-Music Festival later in the year. We start the year with a recital given by three young London-based soloists in a varied programme that includes some Korean lyric songs. Korean Sounds 1: Minjung Baek (piano) with Marisol Lee […]

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A look back at the films and music of 2015

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2016
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In the second of two articles (the first looked at the world of books) we look at some of the releases of 2015 that caught our eye. Film Two Kickstarter-funded films to which LKL contributed came to fruition: Twinsters, the story of twin sisters adopted in different continents who discover each other through Facebook; and […]

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Another Korean Chopin expert…

by Philip Gowman 27 November 2015
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All eyes are currently on Cho Seong-jin, winner of this year’s Chopin competition. But while we wait for the reviews of his debut Deutsche Grammophon release, let’s not forget other Korean pianists with an affinity for Chopin. In this months’s Grammophone one of the Editor’s Choices is a disk of Chopin preludes by Lim Dong-hyek: […]

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Joo Yeon Sir’s November concert diary

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2015
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We hope some of you caught Joo Yeon Sir’s Albert Hall debut on Friday. Here are the dates from her November concert diary: Monday 2 November 1.10PM (St. James’s Piccadilly, London), Lunchtime Recital with Irina Andrievsky (piano) performing works by Poulenc, Sir Karl Jenkins and Grieg Friday 6 November 7.30PM (Derby University, Derbyshire), Evening Recital […]

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Cho Seong-jin wins Chopin Competition

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2015
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Congratulations to Cho Seong-jin for winning first prize in the 17th International Fryderyck Chopin Piano Competition. The award was presented on 21 October in Warsaw. The below video is of stage III of the finals on 14 October. Cho starts to play at about 1:13:30 and continues for one hour. Links: chopincompetition2015.com

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Event news: Sumi Hwang Wigmore Hall recital

by Philip Gowman 20 October 2015
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Last year’s Queen Elisabeth Competition winner Sumi Hwang will be performing at the Wigmore Hall next week as part of the Rosenblatt Recital Series. LKL readers can benefit from a discounted ticket offer of £16 tickets for £10 using the code “Rosenblatt1610” when booking on the phone or in person. Sumi Hwang soprano | Helmut […]

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Event news: Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto to receive UK premiere

by Philip Gowman 16 October 2015
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Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Conerto will be getting its UK premiere on 22 October as part of the Philharmonia’s Music of Today series. It is scored for orchestra with a huge percussion session: the publisher’s website lists such instruments as a bell-tree, washboard, wine glass in B-flat, 2 fishing reels and a vibraslap. Kent Nagano, who […]

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Joo Yeon Sir in broadcast premier and Albert Hall debut

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2015
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Last November, violinist Joo Yeon Sir won the Arts Club Karl Jenkins Classical Music Award, held in association with the radio station Classic FM. The award was launched in 2013 to identify the most exciting young performers in Britain. According to Classic FM, the “candidates were judged based upon their technique, individualism, musicality, interpretation, communication […]

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Event news: Music and Ideas – Whose score is it anyway?

by Philip Gowman 1 October 2015
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Hyelim Kim will be joining in a discussion with Peter Wiegold at the Royal College of Music today. Sounds like a thoroughly interesting topic particularly given their jazz collaborations together. Music and Ideas: Whose score is it anyway? 5:15pm | 01 October 2015 | Recital Hall Royal College of Music Free but advance reservation required. […]

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Event news: Sarah Chang recital (and dinner) in aid of British Red Cross

by Philip Gowman 23 September 2015
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Sarah Chang will be performing an interesting programme in aid of the British Red Cross. There’s a super-deluxe upgrade option available if you want to have dinner in a nearby ambassadorial residence. We’re not told which one. An evening of classical music with Sarah Chang in aid of the British Red Cross 12 October 2015, […]

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