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
Beethoven – Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111
Liszt – Sonata in B minor, S.178
The Winner of 2012 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition, Korean pianist MinJung Baek began studying the piano at the age of four, entered her first competition at five and by eleven she had won fifty Korean national competitions. Later, she won top prizes at international piano competitions including the 2005 Skokie Valley Young Artist Competition in the USA, 2009 Giuliano Pecar, 2012 Ernesto Falla, 2012 Concorso Nuovi Orizzonti, 2012 Jacque Samuel Piano Competition Recital award and 2006 Rachmaninoff Piano Competition, which led to her playing concerts of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos No 1, No 2 & Paganini Rhapsody in one concert in Ukraine and in Italy in April, 2007 and the concerts and her interview were broadcasted by Ukraine national television.
At the age of 10, she made her orchestral debut with Busan Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1. Since then, she has performed extensively in USA (including Steinway Hall in NYC, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Mixon Hall in Cleveland and North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Chicago), Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Russia, Ireland, Korea and the UK (with highlights including performances for Chappell’s lunchtime concert series by Yamaha UK, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St. James’ Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Warwick Arts Centre and Barbican Hall). MinJung has been the recipient of numerous awards, including 2003 The Highest Student Award of School Honor from Seoul Arts High School, 2005 Artist Grant by NewYork Foundation of Arts, 2006 Artist Proclamation Award by Jeff Schonberg, Illinois Senator of USA, Mannes Presidential Award, 2010-2013 Guildhall Artist Trust and 2007 Earl Wild’s Teaching Fellowship by Ivory Classic.
And she has been invited and played at numerous music festivals including the 1999 Russia Glinka Music Festival, International Keyboard Festival and Institute in NY since 2003, 2004 NewYork Contemporary Music Festival, 2005 NewYork Late Romanticism Festival, 2005 Beethoven Institute at Mannes, 2005 TCU/Cliburn Piano institute in Fort worth, where she had the pleasure of being filmed for a documentary on Pianist Menahem Pressler, 2006 Sarasota Music Festival, 2007 Samuel Barber Music festival, 2006 & 2008 Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Japan, 2009 Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Music Academy, 2008 Bologna Music Festival, 2010 Holland International Music Session, 2010 Steinway Rising Young Pianist Festival, 2010 MITO Music Festival in Milan, 2011 Etna Feste in Catania, 2012 Dartington International Music Festival (invited by pianist Stephen Kovacevich), 2012 Schleswig-Holstein International Music Festival, Dino Ciani Music Festival in Stresa since 2007, 2012 City of London Festival and 2013 Brighton Festival.
MinJung completed Master of Performance with distinction under the guidance of Ronan O’Hora and Martin Roscoe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won 2011 Beethoven Prize and is currently studying on the Artist Diploma programme as a full scholarship student and has also completed an Artist Diploma at the world famous Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col maestro” di Imola, Italy with Leonid Margarius, a pupil of Regina Horowitz.