Thursday, 13 November 2008

Min-Jung Kym with Philharmonia Orchestra in Barnstaple

British pianist Min-Jung Kym has a widely-recognised reputation for her diverse range of styles and repertoire as a soloist, duo and chamber musician. A former Purcell School scholar, Min-Jung made her London solo concert début at the age of twelve with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Her numerous prizes and awards include the British Young Pianist of the Year, Ettlingen International and the YMFE competitions. As a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, she studied with Christopher Elton and graduated with the Eric Brough and Elsie Horne prizes, in recognition of her outstanding concerto and recital performances in her final year.

Min-Jung’s interpretations have been enjoyed in the USA, Europe and throughout Britain at venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, St John Smith’s Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Leicester’s De Montfort Hall. She has also appeared at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Cheltenham Festival and the RNCM Broadwood International Piano Festival.

Min-Jung is the pianist of choice for the master classes for legendary violinist, Ruggiero Ricci, and has enjoyed successful collaborations with violinists Pierre Amoyal and Sergei Levitin, the renowned Haffner Ensemble, with whom she gave a highly-acclaimed Wigmore recital, and the Molto Musica Ensemble.
A regular invitee at Music Societies and Festivals throughout the UK, her versatility combined with a subtlety of technique, are widely appreciated.A Steinway artist, Min-Jung will make a number of concerto appearances in the forthcoming season with the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra.

Below is the review from the Saturday night's performance by North Devon Journal

Felix Mendelssohn:
Overture, Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ludwig Van Beethoven:
Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op. 58
Antonin Dvorak:
Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op. 70

This superb orchestra, together with the brilliant Min-Jung Kym in the Piano Concerto, gave us an evening and concert to remember for a long time.
We had a delicious hors d'oeuvre from the Philharmonia in the Mendelssohn to whet our appetites, followed by a memorable offering from soloist and orchestra in the piano concerto.
Finally came the Dvorak, which demonstrated the musical versatility of these fine musicians – what a splendid sonorous sound they produced. All of this was controlled with aplomb by Shuntaro Sato, whose reputation as a conductor is world-wide.
After many years of Queen's concert-going, I do not recall an evening giving me greater pleasure. The theatre was full, the atmosphere electric, and, as usual, an enthusiastic audience all added to the magic of the performance.

The Philharmonia left the stage to rapturous applause after many a curtain call. Thank you to North Devon Theatres for a continuing excellent series of concerts.

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