Yunhee Choi & Hun Ouk Park Duo Concert

October 11, 2012

VIOLIN AND PIANO DUO CONCERT

Yunhee Choi, piano  

Hun Ouk Park, violin

PROGRAMME

Arvo Pärt, Fratres César Franck, Sonata for violin and piano in A major

I. Allegretto ben moderato

II. Allegro

III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia

IV. Allegretto poco mosso

Arvo Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel

Yunhee Choi, pianist

Yunhee Choi, born in Seoul, South Korea, studied chamber music and song accompaniment with Pamela Lidiard at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After achieving MMus and MPerf which are postgraduate courses, she has been working as a staff accompanist at the Guildhall and City Lit, playing for classes and performances, and with her freelance career performing as an accompanist. Currently, she is also working as translator for the South Korean Embassy in the UK.

Yunhee thinks her life as accompanist probably began when she was nine years old, playing for mass with children’s choir in a local church. Her interests in humanities led her to Sogang University, where she studied linguistics, and literature in English and French. In the university, she joined the school chorus to sing. She became a conductor there and gave regular concerts for many years. She also continued to play for mass and choirs in local churches. She learned the organ with Sr. Helen Yoon at Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres in Korea.

Then she decided to take up music more seriously and went to Sungshin Women’s University to study piano where she was awarded full scholarship by Haesung Cultural Foundation. She studied with Namjoo Lee and Yoonjung Ahn.

After coming to London, Yunhee was coached regularly by Graham Johnson, Iain Burnside and Eugene Asti. She played in a concert directed by Iain Burnside in City of London Festival in 2009. Vocal classes with Sarah Walker, mezzo-soprano, and Adrian Thomson, tenor, are among many other classes she played for many terms. Yunhee has recently given a lot of concerts with chamber musicians and singers in UK, Ireland and Korea. She won the second prize in a composition contest by Catholic Lay Apostolate Council of Korea in 2008. Yunhee has recently become a Steinway Artist.

Hun Ouk Park, violinist

Hun Ouk was born in South Korea 1989. He started playing the piano at the age of six and the violin at the age of seven. When he was eight years old he went over to Russia to study at the Saint-Petersburg Special Music School of N.A Rimsky-Korsakov with Professor Vladimir Ovcharek.

In 2001 he went over to England to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Simon Fisher, and Maciej Rakowski. During his stay at the Menuhin school he participated in many concerts, for example playing at the Mozart festival in Turkey, at the Royal Albert hall, Queen Elizabeth hall and the Wigmore hall.

In 2007 he went on to study at the Royal College of Music with a full scholarship studying under Itzhak Rashokovsky. Currently he is a post-graduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama actively participating in solo, chamber music, and orchestral concerts.

For more information, please visit http://www.steinwayhall.co.uk/news-events or call 020 7487 3391.

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Concert: Toki Quartet

26 April 2012, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Toki Quartet was formed by four prize-winning musicians in 2010 at the Royal Academy of Music. They have studied with Martin Outram (Maggini Quartet), and the Vanburgh Quartet, among many others. The group were highly commended in the Sir Arthur Bliss Prize in 2010 and were selected by Peter Manning to perform at the 2011 MasterPiece Fair in Chelsea. They have also been selected to perform pieces by contemporary composers such as David Lumsdane and Steve Reich, in which the latter culminated in a CD recording produced by the Royal Academy of Music. In July 2012 they look forward to working with the composer Nicola LeFanu. Their experience of performing alongside the Scottish Ensemble and the Chillingarian Quartet, and individually with Nobuko Imai and Stephan Picard, has fostered their great interest to explore chamber music further. The Tokis enjoy an ever-expanding performance schedule and are currently planning a tour through England and Japan to promote the link between British and Japanese music. Toki Quartet website.

The concert will include pieces by Kosaku Yamada, Frank Bridge, Toru Takemitsu and Edward Elgar.

Aki Sawa (1st violin)

Born in Tokyo, Aki obtained her BMus with the highest ever marks from Tokyo Geidai. She won major prizes at university, and also obtained the 2nd prize at the International Bach Competition in Paris. Aki is now studying for her MA in Performance with Professor Gyorgy Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music, where she has been awarded major prizes and awards. She was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra String Experience Scheme 2010/2011.

Midori Komachi (2nd violin)

Midori is currently undertaking the Master of Music programme at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Maurice Hasson. At the age of 12, she studied at Basel Music University in Switzerland with Adelina Oprean. She has appeared as a soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and has performed recitals in major venues including Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St.George’s Bristol and Muza Kawasaki. She has won many awards from the Royal Academy of Music and the Hattori Foundation.

Steve Doman (viola)

Steve was awarded a scholarship to attend Wells Cathedral School at the age of sixteen, where his viola teacher was Patricia Noall. He then went on to study with Mark Knight at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is currently studying for his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Garfield Jackson. He recently took part in an Erasmus exchange to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki to study with Pirkko Simojoki.

Amy Jolly (cello)

A student of Josephine Knight at the Royal Academy of Music, Amy will tour to South Korea with the Sainsbury Academy Soloists and will perform in New York and at the London Proms 2012 with the Academy/Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. Amy performs extensively with her duo partner Mari Kawamura and is a recipient of the Birmingham Royal Ballet Mentorship Scheme.

BOOKING FORM

Queer as Queen

Tuesday 7 February from 7.00pm for 8.00pm live performance

Pipeline Bar

94 Middlesex Street
City of London
E1 7DA

Cost: £5 in advance, £7 on the door

Well known in Japan for their storming QUEEN covers, tribute band QUEER will make their European debut in London!

Bulsara as Freddie Mercury
BULA!!!ian M Sato as Brian May
Roger M.T. as Roger Taylor
George Deacon as John Deacon

Find out each band members favourite Queen Album and more at www.queer-web.co.uk.

With its Scandinavian design and excellent mix of drinks from the Nordic region, the Pipeline Bar offers a comfortable gathering place for Japan Society members before, during and after the performance.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 7828 6330 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form

Tickets are also available to purchase at the Pipeline Bar before and on the night of the performance.

 


O-ARC @ The Bowery

Musical event at The Bowery.
O-ARC @ The Bowery
Thursday 8th December
@ The Bowery
36-38 New Oxford Street London WC1A 1EP [map]
Stage Time: 7:45pm - 8:15pm (there will be 3-4 more bands on the night)
Age Restriction: 18+
Admission: £8 or £5 early bird guest list
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United Cube Concert in London

Date and Time: 5th December 2011, Doors open 17:30, Show 19:30

Place: O2 Academy Brixton

Tickets: Visit Live Nation or Ticketmaster

Cube Entertainment will hold ‘United Cube in London’ concerts starting on December 5th at the O2 Brixton Academy.

 The concert plans to show off what k-pop has to offer through the dynamic performances of 4minute, B2ST, and G.NA, through two segments, and capture the hearts of 5,000 European fans.

 O2 Brixton Academy has been the home to many legendary performances from Madonna, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Manson, Rihanna, etc. Cube artists will be the first Asian artist to perform at the facility.

  Cube Entertainment stated, “‘United Cube Concert’s venture into London, the birthplace of pop and rock, during the beginning of the Kpop movement is especially meaningful and something to be proud of… This will be an opportunity to ignite the flame of Kpop which has gone beyond the boundaries of the digital silk road.”

 Doojoon, the leader of B2ST, stated, “For all the European fans who have been waiting, we are so glad that this concert in England has been confirmed… We are already excited thinking about performing at a place where many artists that we look up to, have performed. As the starting point [of a venture into Europe], we will prepare a concert in England that will be unforgettable to everyone.”

SAPPORO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

SouthBank Centre presents: Sapporo Symphony Orchestra

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Toru Takemitsu: How slow the wind (orchestra)
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor
Interval
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor

Tadaaki Otaka conductor
Akiko Suwanai violin

Concert in aid of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society and the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund.

A beautiful and compelling programme from one of Japan’s finest orchestras. They are joined by their ever-popular Principal Conductor, Tadaaki Otaka, and the youngest ever winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, violinist Akiko Suwanai.

‘It was an unforeseen and terrible disaster, from which all Japanese people are working extremely hard to recover. We, the musicians, wish to turn our London appearance into a benefit concert to support the vital relief efforts in our country. Please join us and help Japan! Thank you.’ (Tadaaki Otaka)

With support from the Embassy of Japan in London, Japan Society, Askonas Holt and Southbank Centre

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