Kim, Williamson

PROGRAM: 

BEETHOVEN:

Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"

Sonata No. 24 in F♯ major, Op. 78,  "à Thérèse"​

Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79 "Cuckoo"

Sonata No. 26 in E♭ major, Op. 81a, " Les Adieux"

Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas

Praised by critics for her, “passionate…polished and expressive,” performances, pianist HYEJIN KIM is one of South Korea’s most thrilling young classical stars. Born in Seoul, she began playing her instrument at age five, and later enrolled at the prestigious Yewon Arts School. She furthered her studies in Germany, earning her MA in Musical Art as a “Konzertexamen” (highest distinction) from Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. She currently continues her studies at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles with Professor Fabio Bidini.

Ms Kim first attracted international attention at age 17 when, as its youngest participant, she won third prize in the prestigious Busoni Competition in Italy.  Andrea Bonatta, the Head of the Jury, said, “I am thrilled about her flawless musicality and technique, which promises success as an internationally recognized pianist.”

Since then, Ms Kim has received numerous awards including prizes at the 2008 Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the DAAD Prize, Steinway & Sons Advancement Award Competition and at the Toronto International Piano Competion.

In 2014, she made her debut at the Klavierfestival Ruhr. She has performed and toured with numerous orchestras including the Praha Broadcast and Budapest symphony orchestras; Bohuslav Martin, Seoul, Dae-jeon, Pilsen and Moravian philharmonic orchestras; State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg; Nürnberger Symphoniker; and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. She has worked with noted conductors including Tomáš Hanus, Jiri Malat and Dae Jin Kim.

Ms Kim made her major label debut in 2013 with her recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra under Eduard Topchjan, on Sony Classical.

This season, Ms. Kim will debut with the Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester under Andrés Orozco-Estrada performing Tchaikovsky´s Piano Concerto No 1 in Aschaffenburg.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"

Included in CBC Music’s 2017 edition of “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30,” PAUL WILLIAMSON is a first prize winner of the piano category of the 2014 Canadian national music festival, the 2017 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association national piano

competition, and the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg scholarship competition.

 

As a soloist, he has appeared with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra. His festival appearances include the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival, the Orford Academy program, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Hornby Festival.

 

A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Paul is currently a Master of Music degree candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Fabio Bidini. His previous musical influences include David Moroz, Darryl Friesen, Betty Suderman, and Bernard Duerksen.

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