Western classical music

Kyung Wha Chung returns to the concert platform in the UK this month for the first time in over a decade, with sonata performances in Liverpool (22 November), Perth (27 November) and London (2 December). Simultaneously a boxed set of all her Decca recordings (together with a couple from the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue) is being […]

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Jenna Sung piano recital at the Wigmore

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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A Sunday piano recital that commemorates the Sewol disaster: Jenna Sung, piano Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition Winner 16 November 2014 – 7:30pm Ticket Prices: £15 £13 £10 £8 Ticket bookings are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and is not per-ticket. Book tickets on the Wigmore Hall […]

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Minjung Baek in recitals at St Mary’s Perivale and LSE

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2014
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Pianist Minjung Baek has two recitals coming up: at St Mary’s Perivale on Wednesday 29th October and at the LSE on 13 November. More details below: St Mary’s Perivale Wednesday 29th October, 7.30 pm Perivale Lane, Perivale, Middlesex, UB6 8SS [Map] www.st-marys-perivale.org.uk Programme Beethoven: Piano sonata in C minor Op 111 Granados: ‘The Maiden and […]

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Sulki Yu: Keys & Coffee at The Forge, Camden, 12 October

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2014
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Notice of a violin recital this coming Sunday morning in Camden: Keys & Coffee – Sulki Yu The Forge | 3-7 Delancey Street | Camden | London NW1 7NL | www.forgevenue.org Sunday, 12 October, 11am Tea and coffee will be served in the glazed courtyard from 10.30am. Book tickets A special performance at The Forge […]

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Cho Young-wuk on waltzes, playgrounds and working with Park Chan-wook

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2014
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So much has changed over the past few years. Nearly 10 years ago Asia House organised the London premiere screening of Lady Vengeance including a Q&A with the director, Park Chan-wook. It was hard not to squirm in embarrassment at the shallowness of some of the questions from the audience, and the moderator could have […]

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Film music concert in memory of the Sewol victims

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2014
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Nicely coinciding with the KCC’s focus on film music this quarter, there is a concert of film music dedicated to the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster in New Malden this Saturday. London Film Music Concert D&P Ensemble (Director Byung-Yun YU) Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 7:30PM NEW MALDEN METHODIST CHURCH 49 High St, New Malden […]

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Cho Young-wuk to conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in his “Oldboy Suite”

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2014
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At the time of writing, according to the KCC website there are just 3 seats left for the Oldboy screening on Thursday. But people who have booked will have received an email to remind them that if they don’t turn up promptly their seat will be given to people on the waiting list. Whatever, if […]

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Jasmine Choi plays Yiruma

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2014
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A pretty tune by Korean crossover composer Yiruma (이루마), arranged for flute and piano by Hugh Sung. It comes from Jasmine Choi’s album of Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio: The whole CD is available on iTunes | Amazon.com

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The Seoul Philharmonic – a young orchestra with “an extraordinary sense of adventure”

by Philip Gowman 7 September 2014
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On 27 August, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra made its Proms debut, the first Korean orchestra to play at the famous music festival. At the Pre-Prom talk earlier that evening across the road at the Royal College of Music, Michael Fine and Hyunjin Park of the Seoul Philharmonic, and Dr Haekyung Eom of Liverpool University, talked […]

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The Seoul Philharmonic at the BBC Proms – with a Proms Plus intro

by Philip Gowman 4 August 2014
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The Seoul Philharmonic will be at the BBC Proms under their music director Myung-Whun Chung on 27 August. The programme includes work by Korean composer Unsuk Chin. The Prom is preceded by a free talk in the Royal College of Music, 5:45pm-6:30pm, hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny, focusing on the orchestra and […]

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Jasmine Choi premieres Songbird’s Journey – a flute concerto composed for her

by Philip Gowman 15 July 2014
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LKL has always been a fan of Jasmine Choi (최나경) – and not just because she was our first interview with a classical musician, over 5 years ago. She had an excellent Wigmore debut, has released four solo CDs and recorded her fifth last month. She has now had a new flute concerto composed for […]

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Korean performances at the City of London Festival

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2014
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This year’s City of London Festival has a Korean focus. And although most of the performances in the festival are of Western classical music, there is a Korean Hamlet from Yohangza Theatre Company (who do a wonderful Midsummer Night’s Dream), fusion music from Ensemble Sinawi and contemporary and street dance too. Sunwook Kim (piano) Wednesday […]

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The Sounds of Korea: Old and New, East and West – at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 7 June 2014
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After last year’s successful and varied concert, the SOAS Korean Drumming Society and friends return for another evening of Korean music. This year we get a rare opportunity to hear some Yun Isang. The Sounds of Korea: Old and New, East and West The SOAS Korean Drumming Society Date: 9 June 2013, 7.00 pm Venue: […]

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Catherine Lee and Minjung Baek at Blackheath Halls

by Philip Gowman 1 June 2014
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Cellist Catherine Lee will be accompanied by pianist Minjung Baek in a lunchtime duo recital at Blackheath Hall (Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music), 9 June 2014 at 1.10pm Programme: Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op.99 Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor. www.minjungbaek.com | www.catherinemusic.com

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Kim Yuna’s Lark of Emergency and other popular classics

by Philip Gowman 21 March 2014
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Browsing in the Hankyoreh yesterday I came across some charming pictures of Queen Yuna. This particular one, with the famous yellow logo on the CD cover … … got me googling for Deutsche Grammophon compilations of Kim’s backing tracks. And I came across this: Scrolling down to the tracklist I find that the label hasn’t […]

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Koreans come 1st and 2nd in Hastings Piano comp

by Philip Gowman 15 March 2014
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Congratulations to 17 year-old Lee Taek-gi on winning the first prize (and £10,000) in this year’s Hastings International Piano Competition with his performance of Rachmaninov’s 3rd piano concerto. Runner-up was Sunwoo Yekwon, winning £2,500. The final of the competition was on 8 March. Source: Hastings International Piano Competition

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Minjung Baek plays Scriabin, Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2014
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Pianist Minjung Baek will be giving a lunchtime concert in St. Martins’ Church Hall, Ruislip, on Wednesday 26 February at 12:15pm [Map] The programme includes Scriabin Sonata No.2 Beethoven’s last piano sonata Chopin Ballade no.1 Ravel La Valse. Links: www.minjungbaek.com

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