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Seong-Jin Cho plays Shostakovich

Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 Chopin Piano Competition, adds his ‘breathtaking nimbleness’ to the Philharmonia Orchestra in Shostakovich’s playful concerto. Cho has gone from strength to strength since winning the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. Performing with the Philharmonia at last year’s Edinburgh International Festival, he won praise from The Scotsman for his … [Read More]

Korean Arts Festival at St Johns Smith Square

2023 is a special year for Korea and the UK. It is the 140th Anniversary of Korean-British Diplomacy and the 70th anniversary of armistice at the end of the Korean War. We welcome you to come and enjoy our performance of the Arts and Culture of Korea. Programme The first half of the concert will … [Read More]

September House Concert: Minsu Seo (piano)

KCC House concert is proud to introduce Minsu Seo, a talented pianist whose musical journey has won worldwide honours. Programme 1. Bach Partita No.1 2. Haydn Piano sonata A flat Major Hob:46, 1st mv 3. Chopin Nocturne Op.32 no.1 Minsu Seo has emerged as a musical force, conducting concerts with the school orchestra, leading classical … [Read More]

Jung Jae-il in Conversation

Award-winning composer Jung Jae-il is has created some of South Korea’s most popular scores. He has worked on titles such as Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Broker, Hwang Dong-hyuk’s Squid Game series and collaborated with Bong Joon Ho on Okja and Parasite. At this event, he will talk about the growing appeal of Korea’s cultural output overseas and … [Read More]

August House Concert: The KBS Symphony Orchestra Quintet

Since 1956, the KBS Symphony Orchestra (KBSSO) has led Korea’s classical music community with high-caliber performances. Over 100 concerts yearly include subscription series, seasonal / thematic concerts, and invitational performances for cities, corporations, and cultural outreach across Korea. Broadcasts on TV and radio bring their admired music to the public anytime, anywhere. Renowned conductors like … [Read More]

K-music 2023: Jung Jae-il + London Symphony Orchestra: Music from Parasite & Squid Game

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the K-Music Festival, Jung Jae-il’s award-winning score will be presented live in concert at the Barbican Centre Hall on Sunday 1 October featuring the London Symphony Orchestra to open the festival. Renowned for his versatility, the award winning singer-songwriter, composer, producer and music director Jung Jae-il is responsible for some of … [Read More]

June House Concert: Yunho Jeong (piano)

Programme: Nature, Spirit and Fantasy György Kurtág Play with Infinity from Játékok Sae-Ahm Kim Welle (2016/17) W.A.Mozart Fantasia in C minor K.475 Tōru Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II Olivier Messiaen L’alouette lulu (Catalogue d’oiseaux) György Kurtág Fugitive Thoughts About the Alberti Bass from Játékok F. Schubert Piano Sonata D.894 in G major, 1st mov. ‘Fantasie’ … [Read More]

Joo Yeon Sir plays Britten Violin Concerto

A varied programme of English music including the rarely-performed Serenade in D from 1889 by Ethel Smyth. Joo Yeon Sir joins as soloist in the violin concerto by Britten, which was first performed in New York in 1940. Programme Holst | A Somerset Rhapsody Britten | Violin Concerto Smyth | Serenade in D St Paul’s … [Read More]

Sunwook Kim plays Brahms 1 at the Barbican

LSO Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas joins Korean piano superstar Sunwook Kim in Brahms’ explosive First Piano Concerto. Portrait of the artist as a young man: tormented by an impossible passion, Johannes Brahms poured all his emotions into a piano concerto of massive scale and volcanic power. It’s music that burns its way into your … [Read More]

Korean performers at the 2023 Edinburgh International Festival

Five performance programmes from Korea to celebrate 140 years of diplomatic relations with the UK: three of chamber and solo instrumental music, plus the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the National Changgeuk Company. 8 August: Novus String Quartet The Queen’s Hall, 11:00am Tickets from £13.50 | Buy tickets here Schubert String Quartet in C minor D703 ‘Quartettsatz’ … [Read More]

May House Concert: Ambra Wind Quintet

For May’s House Concert at St James’s Piccadilly we will be hosting the Ambra quintet, composed of hornist Kiersten Gustafson, clarinetist Lucia Porcedda, oboist Rebecca Whitehouse, bassoonist Ruihan Kee and flutist DaSom Jeong. We’re very excited to invite you to this event as this is our first time presenting a wind quintet at our House … [Read More]

Minjung Baek recital at St Mary’s Perivale

London based, South Korean pianist MinJung Baek is returning to give a recital at St. Mary’s Perivale in London. Since her talent was immediately recognised when she entered her first competition at the age of five, she went on to win more than fifty prizes in Korean national competitions and at international competitions including the … [Read More]

March House Concert: String Quartet

The KCC will be hosting the talented quartet composed of violinists Gooil Kang and Rachel Hayoung Woo, violist Dahee Kwon and cellist Haeun Kim. They will perform Mendelssohn and Dvorak at St James’s Piccadilly Don’t miss out on the chance of having a lovely time at the beautiful church building, enjoying classical music performed by … [Read More]

Novus String Quartet play Britten, Janáček and Shostakovich at the Wigmore Hall

Programme Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): 3 Divertimenti for string quartet Leoš Janáček (1854-1928): String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ INTERVAL Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975): String Quartet No. 9 in E flat Op. 117 Written in 1923, Janáček’s piece was inspired not only by Tolstoy’s novella but also the composer’s passionate love for the much younger (and married) … [Read More]

Joo Yeon Sir / Irina Andrievsky lunchtime recital at LSE

Described by The Strad as “exuberant… seductive… with bravura and oodles of personality”, prize-winning violinist and composer Joo Yeon Sir has appeared as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, and Liverpool Symphony Hall. Born in Korea, Joo Yeon moved to London at … [Read More]