Western classical music

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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Event news: a networking piano recital – 9 October

by Philip Gowman 20 September 2015
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A networking piano recital coming up in October, courtesy of the 유코잡스 Facebook group. Piano recital: Yoon-Seok Shin and Sohyun Park Date: Friday 9th October, 18:30–21:30 Venue: St John’s Church |Waterloo Road | London SE1 8TY This is a Free Event but RSVP required by “join” on the Facebook Event Page. Programme 18:30~19:00 – Socialisation […]

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Chloe Mun wins 2015 Busoni Competition

by Philip Gowman 5 September 2015
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Congratulations to Chloe Mun for winning the 2015 Ferrucio Busoni International Piano Competition, held in Bolzano. The Grand Final was held on 4 September. Minsoo Hong won fourth prize in the competition, while Kim Jong-yun was awarded a special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Ferruccio Busoni. The overall winner of the […]

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K-music – now in Brussels too

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2015
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The KCC in Brussels now on its third Korean Film Festival, and is launching its first K-Music festival this year. Programme details below. DATE TIME ARTIST/TITLE VENUE NORMAL PRICE 23-09 20:00 Sook-sun Ahn OPENING BOZAR, Studio 12.00€ 30-09 20:00 Kun-woo Paik Recital BOZAR, Hall M 12.00€ 02-10 20:00 Korean & Belgian Ensemble Concert with Roby […]

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Event news: K-music rising stars

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2015
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Running alongside the K-music festival is a series of three performances in the KCCUK featuring young UK-based Korean musicians. Admission is free, but booking is essential. To reserve your place, RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk or 020 7004 2600 with your details (name, contact details and number of tickets required). All performances are at 7pm at the […]

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Understatement of the year: Joint concert “not quite a success”

by Philip Gowman 18 August 2015
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There’s a delightful and very detailed account of the grand Independence Day North-South musical collaboration in the Korea Joongang Daily. The headline reads “DMZ concert not quite a success, but not a failure”. Less politely put, the affair sounds like it was a bit of a fiasco: Only “13 musicians … turned up: one violin, […]

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KWK: Music at All Saints, 1- 8 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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As part of Kingston Welcomes Korea, a series of concerts at All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP. Itinerary Series directors: David Sutton Anderson and Avril Anderson Consultant and Presenter: Keith Howard This concert series will provide selected members of an outstanding generation of young Korean musicians with their first recital opportunities. […]

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Lunchtime Piano Recital: Yoon Chung at St Martin-in-the-Fields

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2015
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News of a free lunchtime piano recital this Friday: Free Lunchtime Concert: Yoon Chung Pianists of the World Series Friday 26 June, 1pm – 2pm St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org Programme Haydn – Sonata in C Brahms – Albumblatt Schubert – Drei Klavierstuecke Performer Pianist Yoon Chung has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Korea and the […]

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