Duo Recital with Violinist Clara-Jumi Kang and Pianist Yeol Eum Son
- September 12, 2019
- Posted by: admin
Nov 10, 2019 (Sun) 3:00pm
JC Amphitheatre, HKAPA
$300*， $200*，$100 (*with concession)
31 288 288
Hong Kong Generation Next Arts (HKGNA) is proud to co-present with the Korean Consulate General in Hong Kong and the Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong, the phenomenal Violinist Clara- Jumi Kang and the amazing Pianist Yeol Eum Son in HKGNA’s Music Festival 2019, “Great Women Artists of the World!”
A prominent figure in Korea, Clara-Jumi Kang has carved out an international career performing with leading orchestras and conductors across Asia, Europe and USA. Having made her concerto debut at the age of five with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Clara has since performed with leading orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, NHK Symphony, and the Mariinsky Orchestra to name a few. Clara was selected as one of the top 100 “Most promising and influential people of Korea” by major Korean newspaper Dong-A Times. She won numerous first prizes in international competitions, including Winner of the Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Seoul Violin Competition and the Sendai Violin Competition. Clara currently plays the 1708 “Ex-Strauss” Stradivarius, generously on loan to her from the Samsung Cultural Foundation Korea.
One of our very favourite pianists, Yeol Eum Son, returns to our HKGNA Music Festival since her last appearance in HKGNA Music Festival 2015! A featured soloists among many international orchestras, she has performed with Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, New York Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Seoul Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Moscow Virtuosi to name a few. A double Second Prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Yeol Eum gives frequent solo and chamber music performances across the globe, including her BBC Prom debut with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber in this July. In 2018, Yeol Eum was appointed Artistic Director of Music in PyeongChang in Korea. Yeol Eum is also Honorary Ambassador of the Seoul Arts Center in her home city of Wonju.
A powerhouse duo, Clara and Yeol Eum will bring their virtuosic artistry to HKGNA’s “Great Women Artists of the World!” music festival series performing their violin and piano Duo Recital in Hong Kong for the first time! They will perform works of Robert and Clara Schumann and Brahms, revealing the three composers’ mysterious relationship and celebrate the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann!
Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, Op. 105
Three Romances, Op.94
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op.108
An artist of impeccable elegance and poise, Clara-Jumi Kang has carved an international career performing with the leading orchestras and conductors across Asia and Europe. Winner of the 2010 Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Kang’s other accolades include 1st prizes at the Seoul Violin Competition (2009) and the Sendai Violin Competition (2010).
Having made her concerto debut at the age of five with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Kang has since performed with leading European orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
In the USA she has performed with orchestras including the Atlanta, New Jersey, Indianapolis and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras, whilst elsewhere highlights have included appearances with the Mariinsky Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, NCPA Beijing Orchestra, Macao Orchestra and the Taipei Symphony. A prominent figure in Korea, Clara-Jumi Kang has performed with all of the major Korean orchestras and in 2012 was selected as one of the top 100 “Most promising and influential people of Korea” by major Korean newspaper Dong-A Times. She returns annually to Korea for tours and was awarded the 2012 Daewon Music Award for her outstanding international achievements, as well as being names Kumho Musician of the Year in 2015.
She has collaborated with eminent conductors including Valery Gergiev, Lionel Briguier, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Andrey Boreyko, Christoph Poppen, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, Gidon Kremer, Gilbert Varga, Lü Jia, Myun-Whun Chung, Heinz Holliger and Kazuki Yamada.
Clara-Jumi Kang’s first solo album entitled “Modern Solo” was released on Decca in 2011 and featured works including Schubert’s Erl König and Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas. Her second recording for the label of Brahms and Schumann Violin Sonatas with pianist Yeol-Eum Son was released in 2016.
A devoted chamber musician, Kang is a regular visitor to festivals across Asia and Europe, with recent highlights including the Pyeongchang, Hong Kong, Ishikawa and Marvao Chamber Music Festivals. She is also a member of the Berlin Spectrum Concerts series and has collaborated with artists including Boris Berezovsky, Boris Brovtsyn, Eldar Nebolsin, Gidon Kremer, Guy Braunstein, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Misha Maisky, Sunwook Kim, Vadim Repin and Yeol Eum Son.
European concerto highlights of the 2019/20 season include performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic/Boreyko, Cologne Chamber Orchestra/ Poppen and a tour of Portugal with the Macao Orchestra/Jia. Further afield, she returns to Japan to perform with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra/Vedernikov and performs in the USA with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra/Arming. In Korea she tours with the Mariinksy Orchestra/Gergiev and performs with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra/Chung. As a recitalist and chamber musician she returns to the Spectrum Concerts series for performances at the Berlin Phlharmonie, as well as taking part in the Clas Clas and Pyeongchang Chamber Music Festivals. With her regular duo partner Sunwook Kim she undertakes a complete Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle at the Marvao Festival.
Born in Germany to a musical family, Clara-Jumi Kang took up the violin at the age of three and a year later enrolled as the youngest ever student at the Mannheim Musikhochschuhle. She went on to study with Zakhar Bron at the Lübeck Musikhochschule and at the age of seven was awarded a full scholarship to the Julliard School to study with Dorothy Delay. She took her Bachelor and Masters degrees at the Korean National University of Arts under Nam-Yun Kim before completing her studies at the Munich Musikhochschule with Christoph Poppen.
Clara-Jumi Kang currently plays the 1708 “Ex-Strauss” Stradivarius, generously on loan to her from the Samsung Cultural Foundation Korea.
Yeol Eum Son’s graceful and timeless interpretations, crystalline touch and versatile, thrilling performances have caught the attention of audiences worldwide. Praised for her widely eclectic concerti repertoire, ranging from Bach and all-Mozart to Shchedrin and Gershwin, her recent concerto highlights include appearances with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Dresdner Philharmoniker, The Tonkunstler Orchestra at the Grafenegg Festival and Bergen Philharmonic (Dmitrij Kitajenko and Pablo González); a debut Paris date with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Mikko Franck); Swiss concerto debut with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Susanna Mälkki and Jonathan Nott) amongst many others.
A distinguished Mozart interpreter, across the 17/18 season Yeol Eum made major UK debuts with the CBSO in Birmingham (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 with Omer Meir Wellber) and at London’s Cadogan Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Mozart’s Piano Concerti No’s 8 & 21). Her London debut coincided with Onyx CD release of a highly acclaimed all-Mozart recording featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner for whom it was the very last recording. According to The Times Yeol Eum Son is a model of clarity and fleetness whilst Gramophone called the recording an uncommonly fine debut.
Strengthening her UK presence, in the 18/19 season Yeol Eum makes her BBC Prom debut with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber interpreting Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15. Most recently Yeol Eum also made her debut at King’s Place with Aurora Orchestra (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 with Nicholas Collon) and appeared at the Wigmore Hall for a chamber collaboration with the cellist Natalie Klein. In the 19/20 Yeol Eum makes her debut with Liverpool Philharmonic (Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Andrew Manze) and tours the UK with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand with Yan Pascal Tortelier).
Further recent and future distinguished concerti appearances include collaborations with Moscow Virtuosi (Mozart Piano Concerti No’s 13 & 21 with Vladimir Spivakov); St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand with Alexander Dimitriev); Budapest Festival Orchestra (Rachmaninov No. 2 with Dmitrij Kitajenko); Singapore and West Australian Symphony Orchestras (Mozart’s Piano Concerti No’s 27 & 21 with Vasily Petrenko) and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne interpreting Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 arranged for Piano and String Quintet.
A sensitive, emotional and powerful pianist, Yeol Eum gives frequent solo and chamber music performances across the globe. Most recent recitals include debuts with San Francisco Chamber Music Society, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Helsingborg Piano Festival, International Piano Series in Switzerland, Welsh debut at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Scottish recital debut at the East Neuk Festival for which The Scotsman presides Yeol Eum for having found that vital emotional connection with the music and physically embracing its raw energy and dynamic extremes with ferocious virtuosity. Further significant recital debuts include appearances in Luzerne (KKL Saal), Istanbul (Istanbul Recitalleri), Porto (Casa da Música), Moscow (House of Music) and Belgrade (Kolarac Concert Hall).
Yeol Eum’s new releases include two DECCA albums: recital CD Modern Times- featuring solo piano music written between 1910-1920 by Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel, and Schumann and Brahms CD with violinist Clara-Jumi Kang. Previous albums include debut CD of complete Chopin Etudes (2004); Chopin Nocturnes for Piano and Strings (2008); prize-winning Cliburn Competition live performance (2009) and a multi-channel SACD O’ New World Music (2012).
In 2018, Yeol Eum was appointed Artistic Director of PyeongChang Music Festival & School in her native Korea where she is responsible for programming both summer and winter festivals at the Olympic site in PyeongChang. Yeol Eum is Honorary Ambassador of the Seoul Arts Center and her home city of Wonju. A double Second Prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 2011 and at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Yeol Eum Son was a student of Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, where she now lives. She holds a degree from the Korean National University of Arts.
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