Western classical music

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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Han Kim plays the Mozart Clarinet Concerto

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2014
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Clarinet prodigy Han Kim will be playing the Clarinet Concerto in an all-Mozart programme performed by the Ariel Consort of London conducted by Douglas Lee on 1 March. The concert, which will be held at 7:30pm in St Matthew’s Church, Durham Road, West Wimbledon, London SW20 0DE [Map] is in aid of Marie Curie Cancer […]

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Seoul Philharmonic records Unsuk Chin for DG

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2014
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The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Chung Myung-whun were in the recording studio for Deutsche Grammophon last month recording Unsuk Chin’s concertos for Sheng (with Wu Wie), Piano (with Sunwook Kim) and Cello (with Alban Gerhardt – who premiered the work at the BBC Proms in 2009 – LKL review here). The orchestra will be coming […]

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Grace Yeo at the Wigmore Hall

by Philip Gowman 9 December 2013
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Grace Yeo will be providing relief from the post-Christmas sales with a piano recital at the Wigmore Hall on 27 December: Grace Yeo (piano) 27 December 2013, 7:30pm Wigmore Hall Ticket Prices £8 £9 £11 £13 Programme Haydn: Piano Sonata in Eb HXVI:52 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’ Bartók: […]

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Jihoon Kim Lunchtime recital at the Royal Opera House

by Philip Gowman 5 December 2013
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Coming up on Monday 9 December, a programme of classical Korean works selected by Korean Jette Parker Principal Jihoon Kim, to be performed with piano, traditional Korean instruments and a Samulnori percussion group. Check out the Classical Iconoclast for a detailed preview of what to expect. At the Paul Hamlyn Hall, Royal Opera House Covent […]

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Mee Hyun Oh / Sooyin Kim lunchtime recital at St Sepulchre’s

by Philip Gowman 11 November 2013
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Notice of a lunchtime recital on 20 November 2013: Mee Hyun Oh (violin) with Sooyin Kim (piano) Wed Nov 20th 2013, 1:10–2:00 pm St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DG Programme:- W.A. Mozart Sonata for Piano and Violin KV 304 -Allegro -Tempo di Menuetto F.Schubert Sonata for Piano and Violin D 574 […]

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Joo Yeon Sir at the Wigmore, 11 November

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2013
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Violinist Joo Yeon Sir is taking part in a shared recital at the Wigmore Hall on Monday 11 November 2013 7.30pm where she will be appearing as part of Tillett Trust Young Concert Artists Platform Scheme. She will be performing Ysaÿe Poème élégiaque and Milhaud Cinema-Fantaisie d’apres Le boeuf sur le toit and the concert […]

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19th Century piano masters in Hammersmith

by Philip Gowman 3 October 2013
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News of an upcoming piano recital in the Hammersmith / Chiswick borders: 19th Century Masters Korean-Australian pianist Soo-youn Lee will be presenting a joint piano recital with friend and fellow pianist, Rowan Vince, on Saturday 19th of October at St Peters Church Hammersmith. The programme will consist of works from the romantic period and will […]

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Pianist Yoo Hyung-ki plays it straight

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2013
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One of the best musical nights out in 2012 was Igudesman and Joo’s a Little Nightmare Music, a highly entertaining comedy act by a pair of talented musicians (LKL review here). The pianist of the duo, Hyung-ki Joo, will be doing something a little more mainstream on 12 September at the Cadogan Hall: Pianist Hyung-ki […]

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Jasmine Choi to move on from Vienna Symphony…

by Philip Gowman 12 August 2013
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Readers may remember Jasmine Choi’s splendid Wigmore Hall debut back in 2009. At the time, she was associate principal flautist at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and last year she moved to the Vienna Symphony as their principal flautist. Sadly, at the end of her probationary year the orchestra members voted not to give her tenure. […]

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MinJung Baek plays Beethoven and Liszt at St Martin-in-the-Fields

by Philip Gowman 12 August 2013
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Notice of a lunchtime piano recital by Minjung Baek at St Martin-in-the-Fields Free Lunchtime Piano Recital – MinJung Baek Tuesday 13 August, 1:00 pm Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Programme Beethoven – Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111 Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S.178 Performer The Winner of 2012 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe […]

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