Sunwook Kim plays the Wigmore Hall

Winner of the 2006 Leeds Piano Competition, the South Korean’s programme has as its lynchpins three major sonatas alongside a world première of a new work by his compatriot Donghoon Shin, the RPS composition prize winner and the awardee of the LSO Panufnik commission. Programme Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Piano Sonata in D K311 Ludwig […]

Shiyeon Sung replaces Han-Na Chang in Korea-UK Closing Concert

Shiyeon Sung is jumping in at short notice to conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra in the all-Romantic programme at the Royal Festival Hall this week, as Han-Na Chang is unwell. The concert marks the end of the year-long Korea-UK festival, and features Rossini’s William Tell overture, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the […]

Shiyeon Sung and Sunwook Kim in Korea-UK Year of Culture Closing Concert

A celebratory concert to round off the performance strand of UK/Korea year of cultural exchange 2017-18. Late change: Shiyeon Sung replaces Han-Na Chang as conductor as Ms Chang is indisposed. Programme remains unchanged. Philharmonia Orchestra – Korea-UK Year of Culture: Closing Concert 7:30 pm, Thu 14 Jun 2018 Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre £11 – […]

Event news: Sunwook Kim makes his debut in the International Piano Series

LKL is a fan of Kim Sun-wook’s Bach, so we’re looking forward to his upcoming solo recital at the QEH. International Piano Series 2014/15: Sunwook Kim Tuesday 3 March 2015, 19:30 Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Book tickets here. Pre-concert talk at 18:15 in QEH, with Southbank Centre’s Head of Classical Music, Gillian Moore. Free. […]

Seoul Philharmonic records Unsuk Chin for DG

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 […]

Concert notes: Bach and the Battle of the Red Cliffs — the KCC’s 5th birthday concert at the Cadogan Hall

It is difficult to know what to make of a programme which was so obviously in two parts, and potentially likely to appeal to two completely different audiences. There will have been many who, in advance of the KCCUK’s fifth birthday concert, would have thought: “maybe I’ll just turn up for the second half”, or […]

The KCCUK’s fifth birthday celebrations

It really should be us thanking the KCCUK, not the other way round. But on the occasion of its fifth birthday the KCCUK has been characteristically generous in its expressions of gratitude to its supporters. Last Saturday at Cadogan Hall saw a free concert with Pansori Master Song Soon-seop, plus Pansori singer Lee Jaram, pianist […]

2012 Travel Diary 11: The Tongyeong International Music Festival

Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do, Tuesday 27 March 2012. The Yun Isang Memorial Hall is a short walk from the ferry terminal which serves Tongyeong’s outlying islands. I had come there to attend a symposium attended by the two composers-in-residence and the Musical Director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival, which is now in its 10th year. It grew […]

2012 Travel Diary 8: Yun Isang, Sancheong and Tongyeong

Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do, Monday 26 March 2012. The day has been devoted mainly to exploring some of the Joseon dynasty naval history in which Tongyeong played its part. But we’re also in Tongyeong to attend the Tongyeong International Music Festival, focusing on concerts which have music by Tongyeong’s most famous musical son, composer Yun Isang. In […]

Event news: Sunwook Kim at Mill Hill Music Club

Despite Sunwook Kim’s numerous performances in London, I’ve never managed to get to see him here. But I caught him at the Tongyeong International Music Festival a couple of weeks ago playing Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt and Yun Isang. Based on his performance, I’ve been missing out. He’s a regular visitor to the Mill Hill Music […]