London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

2012 Travel Diary 12: Yun Isang’s music at TIMF 2012

Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do, Tuesday 27 March 2012. Just how popular is Yun Isang’s music? At best, it’s an acquired taste, and one which I have yet to acquire, though I do know people who say they like it. In conversation with Alexander Liebreich, artistic director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival since 2011 and chief conductor of … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

Event news: Sunwook Kim Plays Prokofiev at the RFH

Kim Sun-wook, who won the Leeds Piano Competition in 2006, makes an appearance on the South Bank this month. Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre 13 October 2011, 7:30pm Programme: Benjamin Britten: 4 Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.2 Interval Thomas Adès: Dances from Powder her face Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird, … [Read More]

Event news: a year-end thank you concert with pianist Sunwook Kim

Notice of an upcoming recital by Leeds prizewinner Sunwook Kim. Date: Friday 10 December 2010 Time: 7:00-8:00pm (Concert), 8:00-9:30pm (Reception) Venue: The Korean Cultural Centre UK, Ground Floor, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW RSVP: Booking is required. Please email [email protected] or call 020 7004 2600 to reserve your place. Admission is free. Programme: … [Read More]

Kim So-Ock at the Wigmore

Tuesday 1 December 2009 – 7:30 PM Wigmore Hall Performers So-Ock Kim violin Sunwook Kim piano Programme Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Op. 96 Chausson Poème Op. 25 Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor Op. 82 Ravel Tzigane About this concert Both natives of South Korea, So-Ock Kim is a previous gold medallist … [Read More]

Leeds prizewinner to play in London

Sunwook Kim, winner of the 2006 Leeds International Piano competition, comes to London in November for two concerts. For me, the highlight will be the solo recital on 4 November in Golders Green for the Mill Hill Music Club: 1. Mill Hill Music Club – Date : 4th November 2007, 7:30 pm – Venue : … [Read More]

Sunwook Kim triumphs at Leeds piano competition

Thanks to Aidan Foster-Carter for the following: It was a notable night for Korea at the finals of the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition 2006. Held triennially, this is one of the world’s leading prizes. Past winners include Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia, Dmitri Alexeev, and Artur Pizarro. To those illustrious names, add Sunwook Kim (above): at … [Read More]