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Kim Ka-hyun at St Vedast, Foster Lane

News of a piano recital organised by the British Korean Law Association, in association with the Anglo-Korean Society.


Thursday, 29th October 2009 at 6:30pm
St Vedast-alias-Foster Church, Foster Lane, Cheapside, London EC2V 6HH [Map]
(nearest underground station: St Paul’s)
by kind permission of the Rector and Churchwardens


Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante (op 22)
Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze (Op 6)

Tickets: £10

Our special guest:
The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

About the Performer

Ka Hyun (“Susanna”) Kim was born in 1989 in South Korea. She started to play the piano at the age of 7, but learnt professionally when the family moved to Prague when she was 8 years old. There she studied for three years, with Ivana Girsova and the Czech pianist Jan Simon, winning numerous prizes in international junior competitions, including ‘Amadeus’ in 1998.

Kim Ka-hyunIn 2000, Ka Hyun moved to Vienna, where she studied at the junior department of the University of Music and Performing, Arts, Vienna (Universität für Musik and darstellende Kunst Wien) under Professor Elizabeth Dvorak Weisshaar. Two years later, the family moved to Amsterdam, where Ka Hyun was accepted in the ‘Young Talent’ department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, under Marcel Baudet, with whom she still studies. In Amsterdam she also won prizes in competitions, including the first prize in the finals in the Prinses Christina Concours in 2003. Through the competitions, Ka Hyun has had many opportunities to perform in Holland and abroad, including at the Concertgebouw and in concerts in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. She also took part in the Chopin Marathon and other music festivals.

From 2005, Ka Hyun studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. She plays as a soloist and an ensemble player regularly. She has also performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Orchestra and the Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens.

In January 2008, she performed Schumann’s piano concerto with the Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, a Dutch orchestra founded in 1904 and now conducted by Neeme Järvi. Ka Hyun has also participated in many master classes with Elisabeth Eschwé, Igor Roma, David Kuijken, Galina Vracheva, Jacques Rouvier, Pascal Devoyon, and Victor Rosenbaum. She also had lessons with Ruth Nye, Christopher Elton, Carole Cerasi and James Johnstone (harpsichord), and David Dolan (improvisation).

After she finished her studies at the Menuhin School, she has continued her studies at the Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK) from October 2008 onwards with Professor Pascal Devoyon.


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