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Event news: inaugural Korean Sounds concert at Kings Place

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 (violin) and Jihoon Kim (Bass)

Wednesday, 3rd February 2016, 7.30pm (Doors open: 7pm)
Hall Two, Kings Place | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG
Ticket Price: £9.50 | Book Tickets

Korean sounds

KOREAN SOUNDS is a vibrant and exhilarating music programme created by the Korean Cultural Centre UK.  This newly developed concert series begins in February and runs until December with a rich programme of music including traditional, modern and contemporary, as well as classical.

The KOREAN SOUNDS series will take place every two months from February to December 2016 at Hall 2, Kings Place, London. The first concert of the series will be Wednesday 3rd February 2016 featuring three Korean artists: Jihoon Kim (Bass Vocalist), Minjung Baek (Pianist), Marisol Lee (Violinist) at Hall Two, Kings Place.


Bass & Piano Gwibok Shim: The face
Dongjin Kim: New arirang
Piano Solo Bach-Busoni: Chaconne in D min, BWV1004
Rachmaninov: Prelude No.4 in D, Op.23
Ravel: La Valse
Bass & Piano Verdi: Infelice… È tuo credevi, from Ernani
Piano & Violin Duo Elgar: Salut d’amour, Op.12
Bass & Piano Verdi: Ella giammai m’amò  from Don Carlo
Piano & Violin Duo Grieg: Violin Sonata No.3 in c minor, Op.45
Bass & Piano   Yeonjun Kim: To live in the green mountains
Dongsu Shin: Dear mountain
Piano & Violin Duo Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen

Profiles of the Artists

Jihoon Kim (Bass)

Jihoon KimKorean bass Jihoon Kim studied at Seoul National University and then the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where he graduated with top grades and summa cum laude. In Italy he also studied privately with Rolando Panerai. He continues his studies with Dame Josephine Barstow and, for stage movement, the Royal Ballet First Soloist Johannes Stepanek in the UK.

Kim has performed widely in concert and recitals throughout South Korea and Europe. Highlights include Verdi’s Requiem in France and Italy, Mozart’s Requiem in Milan Cathedral, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia at the Vatican and a Verdi Gala with the Hallé Orchestra. He has given many recitals at the Royal Opera House and presented a recital with traditional Korean songs in Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House. He also gave a recital for the Oxted Music Society accompanied by Jean-Paul Pruna.

MinJung Baek (Piano)

Minjung BaekPianist MinJung Baek studied at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica di Imola in Italy with Leonid Margarius and Mannes College of Music in NYC with Jerome Rose before moving to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama on a full scholarship under the guidance of Ronan O’Hora and Stephen Kovacevich. Since winning her first competition at the age of five in her native country, South Korea, she has won more than fifty Korean national competitions such as Wol-Eum, Cho-Sun Ilbo, Music Education News (Grand Prize), Eum-ak Chun-chu, Eum-Youn, Han-Kook Ilbo and, later, she also collected an impressive array of top prizes in international competitions, including Skokie Valley in USA, Giuliano Pecar, Ernesto Falla, Concorso Nuovi Orizzonti, Jacque Samuel, Pietro Argento, Rachmaninov and the European Beethoven Gold Medal in London (2012).

Marisol Lee (Violin)

Marisol LeeViolinist Marisol Lee was born in Seoul, started learning violin at the age of five, attended Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School and graduated with top marks having received numerous music awards including the “Sinsujeong Scholarship”. She entered Seoul National University at the top of her class. In 2006 she transferred to Germany to complete her Bmus at the Munich National College of Music. In 2012 she was awarded scholarships to enter The Royal Academy of Music London, as an MA student, graduating in 2014, she completed her Artist Diploma in 2015.


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