Western classical music

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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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 Wei), 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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