Western classical music

When we previewed the double bill at Wilton’s Music Hall featuring Purcell with Korean, Middle Eastern and western instruments, improvisation and more, we had an inkling that the evening might be something special. And we were darn right. This was music making and entertainment that is rare to find anywhere. First, the Purcell. King Arthur / the […]

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Concert news: Korean Sounds 3 comes to Kings Place, 22 June

by Philip Gowman 11 June 2016
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The third of the Korean Sounds concerts is an interesting combination of string quartet and traditional Korean music: East Meets West with Abel Quartet and the Korean National Gugak Centre: Mozart & Janácek Wed 22 June 2016 Kings Place Hall Two, 7.30pm The main theme of this concert series is ‘East Meets West’, presenting a […]

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Event news: Purcell and improvisation with Korean instruments

by Philip Gowman 31 May 2016
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I’m a fan of Peter Wiegold’s eclectic approach to music-making, and whether or not there’s any Koreanness involved at his regular venue, Club Inégales (where Kim Hyelim on daegeum is a frequent member of the house band), the music is always wondrous. So his reimagining of Purcell’s King Arthur, at the oldest surviving Music Hall […]

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Concert notes: Joo Yeon Sir’s Festival Hall debut

by 앤서방 7 May 2016
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UK based violinist Joo Yeon Sir made a thrilling debut at The Royal Festival Hall last night. “Lament for the Valley”, a short piece for violin and orchestra, was composed for her by Karl Jenkins as part of his 2015 Music Award, in association with Classic FM. Conducted by Jenkins, Sir delivered an exhilarating, technically brilliant […]

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Event news: Joo Yeon Sir’s concert diary for May includes a Karl Jenkins premier

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2016
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Joo Yeon Sir makes her Royal Festival Hall debut with the Palladio Orchestra of London at the invitation of Sir Karl Jenkins, performing his work Lament for the Valley on Friday 6 May 7.30PM. Sir Karl has also kindly composed a new work called Chatterbox! for the Young Artist Residency at St. Johns Smith Square, […]

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Younee releases second solo album

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
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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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