Saturday, January 7, 2012

Rising stars to rock in Kumho Asiana’s new year concert

Two rising classical music stars will feature in a new year concert hosted by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation (KACF).

Violinist Shin Hyun-su and pianist Kim Tae-hyung, two key artists supported by the KACF, will perform well-known pieces for the two instruments by Beethoven, Brahms, Kriesler, Mozart and Wieniawski. The highlight of the program is Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, “Spring,” one of the most lyrical works for violin and piano of all time.

The concert will take place on Jan. 12 at Kumho Art Hall.

The two artists, who made their debut in the KACF’s Prodigy Concert series, have made names for themselves by winning awards at prestigious international competitions.

Shin gained recognition when she won the first grand prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition in 2008.

A former student of Korea National University of Arts (KNUA), the 25-year-old has never studied outside Korea. Her sister Shin A-ra, also a locally trained violinist, is the assistant concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

As one of the most famous students the KNUA has ever produced, Shin Hyun-su has contributed to altering the general perception here that one must study abroad to gain international fame.

Kim became the first ever Korean to top the City of Porto International Music Competition in 2004. In 2008 he won both the Interlaken Classics International Piano Competition in Berne and the Grand Prix Animato in Paris.

After studying with Kang Choong-mo at the KNUA, Kim is now working toward a degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany.

The KACF is the most active, corporate-affiliated foundation in supporting classical musicians.

Established in 1977, it started out as a scholarship foundation, and currently owns and operates Kumho Art Hall, specifically built for chamber music concerts. It has run programs especially to give concert debuts to prodigies and young artists.

The foundation also operates the Instrument Bank program, providing loans of rare musical instruments for free to talented musicians. These include rare violins such as Guadagninis and Guarneris, which are currently on loan to violinists Choi Yae-eun and Kwon Hyuk-joo.

In addition, led by pianist Kim Dae-jin, a professor at KNUA, the KACF has a chamber music group called the Kumho Art Hall Chamber Music Society.

It has also organized local concerts by the world’s top orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Paris Orchestra and New York Philharmonic among others.

For more information on the Shin-Kim recital, call 02-6303-1977.

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