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With a heart full of joy,
The Seoul International Music Festival is approaching.

A Music Festival with musicians all around the world opens in Seoul for everyone.

 
Spring Music Concert : April 24, 2018.
Autumn Festival : November 1-11, 2018.
The Seoul International Music Festival, bringing the most special classical music all around the world to the metropolitan city of Seoul, invite you to celebrate our 10th anniversary with world class artists from 10 nations.

The Seoul International Music Festival will be presenting unique collaborations, world premieres, new interpretations on classic works, and pieces that have been praised by critics, with musicians with strong character and blooming career.

There will be various programs, including the “Local Price Ticket Project”, in which the audience can enjoy high-quality classical music at a reasonable price, ‘Master Class’ for professionals, ‘No-Show Campaign” for everybody to participate in improving concert qualities, and “Family Music Concert” for people of all ages to come and joy together.

The Seoul International Music Festival will be an experience of togetherness and immense joy that you will not want to miss.

2018 Programs 10th Anniversary, 10 footsteps.

The Seoul International Music Festival consists of two parts: Martin Stadtfeld’s Spring Music Concert in April 24, 2018, and the main festival that runs from November 1st to 11th. The Spring concert premiers Martin Statdfelt’s composition, ‘Bach a Hommage’ and Bach’s “Chaconne (BWV1004)” which he has rearranged.

On November 1st, the eve of the festival, an amazing piano duo brothers from Spain, “Victor y Louis del Valle” presents you with Poulenc’s “Capriccio for Two Pianos” in Bal Masquerade. On November 2nd, Japan Philharmonic and Korean pianist Jiyeong Mun opens the festival with the theme of “Union through Music”, followed by a German cellist, Daniel Müller-Schott’s music of the ‘maestro’s, and a song of primal instincts, created by Ralf Gothoni, Soprano Jae-eun Baek, and Tenor Simo Mäkinen.

In the “Family Music Festival”, held together with Prades Casals Music Festival in France, a special time with Michel Lethiec, the festival’s artistic director and his daughters, Olivier Charlier the violinist, Joon-Ho Sim, Jin Chul Kim, Chaewon Ra from Korea, and family pianist Choong-Mo Kang, Haejeon Lee.. The Shanghai quartet, recognized as the best string quartet in the world, will collaborate with Russian pianist Ilya Rashkovskiy, expressing “fusion and subliminiation” through their music.

The “Joy and Fun” program presents you with music full of humor and fun, rather than structure and seriousness, and in this, three of Chyrzynski’s commissioned pieces will be world premiered. His music will also be played in the Prades Casals music festival in 2019.

On November 8th, So-Ock Kim, a Korean violinist who studied in England, and Ralf Gothoni, a Finnish musician who has great affection for Gemrany, England, and Egypt, presents you their music as pioneers.

How well do you know your Stravinsky? Ilya Gringolts and Peter Laul, excellent musicians of Russia, analyzes the hidden sides of Stravinsky through the composer’s music.

The Octet is a one of the largest groups within chamber music, and one of the most difficult to form. Ensemble Opus presents the music of Mendelssohn and Enescu, both requiring the highest level of techniques and unification.

In our closing concert, Sinfonia Varsovia, Korean National Choir, Jennifer Wilson, Jae-eun Baek, Chae il Kim, Gregorz Nowak and Eui Joong Yoon will play together in a special program to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland’s Independence, reminiscing upon the sad history and reliving the meaning of music in the modern world, with a strong voice towards a hopeful future.

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SIMF 2018 Spain. Victor & Luis del Valle Piano Duo

7:30PM THU 1st November, Ilshin Hall

Piano Victor y Luis del Valle

W. A. Mozart Sonata for piano four hands in C Major K. 521
C. Debussy Lindaraja for two pianos
W. Lutosławski Variations on a theme by Paganini for two pianos
F. Schubert Fantasie in f minor D.940 for four hands
M. Ravel La Valse (composer's original version for two pianos)

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2018 Seoul International Music Festival Eve Concert

Victor & Luis del Valle duo, youthful performance.

The “first” experience for anything leave a powerful impression. Seoul International Music Festival’s eve concert, marking the ‘first’ event of the festival also holds a special meaning, as it is a place of celebrating the 10 year history and solidifying the future direction of SIMF. The dreams and ideals of Seoul International Music Festival will be inherent within in the eve concert.

The eve concert is free and it will be running based on a no-show campaign, a project SIMF started in 2017 in order to improve concert etiquette, and to prevent no-show audience for other potential audience. The no-show campaign asks audience to pay the reservation fee in advance and gives back the fee upon your arrival at the concert. The SIMF hopes to share the happiness of classical music with more people.

The SIMF has continuously discovered and introduced young and new talented musicians in Korea, and this year, they have selected Victor & Luis del Valle, the piano duo, as the artists for the eve concert. Victor & Luis, who made their first visit to Korea through SIMF, are star piano duos who have won first prize and the special audience award at the 54th ARD International Music Competition. They are known for active stage manner and youthful and fresh performance.

Piano is an instrument that plays multiple chords at once and jumps through broad ranges of key, suitable for performing symphonies and opera arrangements. The piano ensemble of this brother duo expands the expression and the potential of piano music. We are certain that the audience will remember the late autumn day of November through this visually and acoustically pleasing concert.

The eve concert is packed with popular programs for everyone to enjoy, but is also organized with meaningful, rich repertoires. Our program takes the audience through the historical changes of piano duo genre from the 18th century to the 20th century, as well as its regional changes across Western Europe and Eastern Europe. The flow of the program, going from Mozart, Debussy, Lutoslawski, Schubert and Ravel, invites the audience to experience colorful changes and various forms of piano duo pieces, including educational pieces written for amateur players, pieces written for entertainment purposes, pieces arranged from other original works, and pieces written for ballet.

DUO Víctor & Luis del Valle

Since they won Top Prize and Special Audience Prize in the 54th ARD International Music Competition (Munich, 2005), Víctor and Luis del Valle (Vélez-Málaga, Spain) have soon been acclaimed as one of Europe's most distinguished chamber music ensembles.

Brothers Víctor and Luis del Valle have made a recording of music by spanish composer Tomás Marco in collaboration with the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra, and also have recorded works by the Galician composer José Arriola with the orchestra Real Filharmonía de Galicia. Furthermore, they have made recordings for RNE (National Radio from Spain) "Radio Clásica", BR (Bavarian Radio) and SWR (Sud West Radio) and for the SONY MUSIC-Spain. In this 2016 they are on an concert tour presenting the repertoire of their new CD “Impulse”, recorded at Auditorio Manuel de Falla de Granada by IBS CLASSICAL.

Involved in the approach of classical music to the general public, the Del Valle Duo created in 2014, with the andalousian singer Pasión Vega, the show "2 Pianos con Pasión", a music-theater fusion that was performed with great success on a tour of more than twenty concerts throughout the Spanish geography.

From 2008, Victor and Luis del Valle combine their artistic activities with their teaching career in Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid and Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón. They are both frequently invited to give piano and chamber music master classes in Spain as well as abroad.



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SIMF 2018 Opening Concert : Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

8PM FRI 2nd November, Lotteconcert Hall

Conductor Eiji Oue, Piano Jiyeong Mun, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Y. Toyama Rhapsody for orchestra
J. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op.15
J. Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

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2018 SIMF Opening Concert
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the personality of Japan

“A fearless player with technique to burn”
- The New York Times, U.S

Eiji Oue, honorary conductor of Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra known for ‘extraordinary interpretation’ and ‘humor’

Jiyeong Mun, pianist following the footsteps of the piano empress, Martha Argerich.

The opening concert of Seoul International Music Festival is intended to be a cultural exchange program. Japan Philharmonic Orchestra played the works of a Korean composer Yi-sang Yoon at their annual concert in Suntory Hall, Tokyo, and alternatively, they will be performing the works of Japanese composer Toyama in the upcoming opening Seoul concert on November 2nd.

Japan Philharmonic, established in Tokyo, June, 1956, is one of the leading orchestras in Japan with 60 years of history, known for various repertoires and unique performance style. They will be visiting Korea for the first time for this festival.

They started the “Japan Phil Series” to promote works of Japanese composers and chose to play pieces with a deep sense of Japanese culture. Yuzo Toyama’s , which marks the beginning of our festival, reflects the relaxing spirit of Japan and resembles the mood of a Japanese animation soundtrack, while applying the structure of Japanese traditional folk music and Northern sea songs of fishermen.

Under the theme of ‘Unity through music’ each year, Seoul International Music Festival has interacted with other nations through classical music. This year, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Seoul International Music Festival, we take this step of unity with Japan. The participating artists hopes to achieve a softened relationship between Korea and Japan through classical music.

Jiyeong Mun is the Korean artist collaborating with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. She has won the 2014 Swiss Geneva International Competition and 2015 Busoni international concert, catching the attention of the music world at once. Her natural style of performance adds liveliness to her music.

The SIMF aims to introduce young artists of Korea through such collaborations, in hopes of enabling talented musicians to become more elegant performers through experiencing global stages. We believe that Jiyeong Mun’s growth and breakthrough as a potential world class musician will be evident in her Brahm’s piano concerto.

Japan Philharmonic hints their future direction by playing the music of Brahms, a composer filled with musical contemplation. Brahms contemplated symphonic structures and tried hard not to lose the balance between form and expression. Similarly, Japan Philharmonic also aims to both preserve the 60 years of tradition and at the same time grow towards the future.

ORCHESTRA JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra's history began in Tokyo in June 1956. Akeo WATANABE played an important role in founding the orchestra and became its first Principal Conductor. With a wide repertoire and its unique performing style, JPO has soon become one of the leading orchestras in Japan. Igor MARKEVITCH, Charles MUNCH, Jean FOURNET and many other world-class conductors have conducted the Orchestra. JPO had a very successful USA-Canada tour in 1964, making a dramatic breakthrough in just ten years from its founding. JPO also made an appearance to the renowned Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2011 with Alexander LAZAREV, one of Russia’s great maestros who led JPO as Chief Conductor for 8 years from 2008 through 2016, making a significant first step to develop good relationships with Asian countries. In recent years, JPO has received a number of great reviews for its high quality performances.

From its founding, JPO started a commission series “Japan Phil Series” with wide variety of Japanese composers. Forty works have been premiered as of 2016, some of them now being regarded as regularly-performed repertoire, and the series has been highly rated as a commission system that is unprecedented in Japan’s music history. JPO is now aiming for further development while preserving its 60 years of history and tradition.

CONDUCTOR Eiji Oue

Renowned for his ‘extraordinary interpretations’ (La Nacion) and his ‘trademark good humour […] and great energy’ (BackTrack), Eiji Oue has conducted many of the world’s top orchestras throughout his career, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and the Munich Philharmonic. Oue is currently Conductor Laureate of both the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, having served as its Music Director from 2003-2011, and the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Hanover, following an eleven year tenure as Principal Guest Conductor (1998-2009).

Passionate about musical education and stewarding the next generation of musicians, Oue is Professor of Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, a post he’s held since 2000. Amongst his many honours and awards are the 1980 Koussevitzky Prize at Tanglewood and both first prize and the Hans Harin Gold Medal at the 1981 Salzburg Mozarteum conducting competitions. In November 2005 he received the Praetorius Music Prize from the state of Lower Saxony and the Lower Saxony Order of Merit in 2009.

SOLOIST Piano Jiyeong Mun

‘I have rediscovered in her a naturalness of musicality that I thought had disappeared.
’ - Jörg Demus, the president of the 60th International Busoni Competition jury

Pianist Jiyeong Mun won the Geneva International Competition in Switzerland in 2014 and subsequently won the Busoni International Competition in Italy in 2015. Since then, she has gained a reputation as a young musician and pianist who receives the most attention through accompanied performances with Korean and international leading orchestras and through piano recitals on the world stage.

From early on, Jiyeong Mun has proven her ability by continually winning the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2009, the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany in 2012 and the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan in 2014. Moreover, she was chosen as a scholarship holder of the Daewon Cultural Foundation.

Born in Yeosu in 1995, Jiyeong Mun began studying piano at the age of seven. Since 2010, she has been taught by the pianist and professor Kim Dae-jin, and she is taking a graduate course at Korea National University of Arts.



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SIMF 2018 Germany. Daniel Müller-Schott Cello Recital

8PM SAT 3rd November, Seoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall

Cello Daniel Müller-Schott

J. S. Bach Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010
B. Britten Suite No. 3 Op. 87
H. Henze Serenade for Solo Cello
J.S Bach Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011

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Seoul International Music Festival, A marvelous stage of four strings
Daniel Müller-Schott, the Master of Cello

“A fearless player with technique to burn”
- The New York Times, U.S

His powerful interpretation and attractive personality make his concerts especially memorable.

Daniel Müller-Schott is a cellist and a true artist of the 21st century. He has received various awards including Diapason d’Or, the Gramophone Editor’s Choice, Strad Selection and the BBC Music Magazine’s “CD of the month”, and he has performed with New York Orchestra, Chicago Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig.

The audience will be able to experience the true romance of cello music without accompaniment through this concert. While classical music gained more attention after the Classical and Romantic era, cello music without accompaniment became more obsolete. Daniel’s cello melody, played without any ensembles, will allow the audience to experience a new dimension of the cello music without accompaniment.

Daniel Müller-Schott, making a leap from being a “Classical music star” to “Classical maestro”, is focused on discovering new pieces and expanding his cello repertoire by collaborating with composers. In October 2013 the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation awarded the Aida Stucki Prize to Daniel Müller-Schott as an acknowledgement of “his outstanding contribution to the cello repertoire.” Sir André Previn and Peter Ruzicka have both dedicated a cello concerto to him, and Sebastian Currier composed a cello sonata for Daniel Müller-Schott. His numerous premiers reflect his passion for cello. He has premiered Previn’s cello concerto with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Gimeno, and premiered Mustonen’s Sonata for Cello and Piano at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg.

Daniel Muller-Schott is also known for his love for ‘Bach’. In 2000, he chose the Six Suites for Cello Solo for Bach’s jubilee for his first CD album. This is another reason to anticipate his interpretation of Bach.

Daniel Müller-Schott has a keen interest in awakening young people’s enthusiasm for classical music. He is supporting the new generation of musicians by participating in the “Rhapsody in School” project in an honorary capacity and teaching masterclasses in Europe, the US, Asia and Australia, despite his busy schedule. This concert sends a message of hope from Daniel to many musicians and pre-musicians out there.

CELLIST Daniel Muller-Schott

Daniel Müller-Schott was born in Munich. He studied under Walter Nothas, Heinrich Schiff and StevenIsserlis and benefited early on from personal sponsorship by Anne-Sophie Mutter as the holder of a scholarship from her foundation. Through this support, Daniel Müller-Schott was taught privately byMstislav Rostropovich for a year. In 1992, at the age of fifteen, he first caused a sensation internationally by winning the 1st Prize at the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

All over the world Daniel Müller-Schott has appeared in concert with such renowned conductors as Marc Albrecht, Thomas Dausgaard, Charles Dutoit,Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Gimeno, Bernard Haitink, Jakub Hrůša, Pietari Inkinen, Neeme Järvi, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Lorin Maazel, Jun Märkl, Kurt Masur, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Andrés Orozco Estrada, Vasily Petrenko, Sir André Previn, Michael Sanderling, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Dima Slobodeniouk und Krzysztof Urbański.

At international festivals of music Daniel Müller-Schott is a regular guest. These include the Proms in London, the Schubertiade, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Schwetzingen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, at the “Heidelberger Frühling” as well as at the Festival Vancouver and in the US at festivals for example inTanglewood, Ravinia and Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

His recording of the entire Beethoven cycle with Angela Hewitt has been awarded five stars by the LondonDaily Telegraph. Britten’s solo suites under the ORFEO label has been awarded the Diapason d’Or in France. On the occasion of Krzysztof Penderecki‘s 80th birthday Daniel Müller-Schott played the „Concerto Grosso for three cellos and orchestra“ among others with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic and Charles Dutoit.

To kick off the season, there will be concerts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit. Daniel Müller-Schott can be experienced as a chamber musician in a trio with Sharon Kam and Enrico Pace as well as with Baiba and Lauma Skride. Duo and solo recitals are arranged in various European cities.

Daniel Müller-Schott plays the “Ex Shapiro” Matteo Goffriller cello, made in Venice in 1727.



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SIMF 2018 Finland. Ralf Gothóni, Lyric & Music Drama, 「Zápisník zmizelého」

8PM SUN 4th November, Seoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall

Conductor & Piano Ralf Gothóni, Mezzo soprano Jae-Eun Paik, Tenor Simo Mäkinen

M. Falla: Siete canciones populares Españolas ("Seven Spanish Folksongs")
1. El paño moruno, 2. Seguidilla murciana, 3. Asturiana, 4. Jota, 5. Nana, 6. Canción, 7. Polo

R. Strauss 4 Lieder Op. 27 No. 4 “Morgen“
R. Strauss 8 Gedichte aus 'Letzte Blatter', Op.10 No. 8 “Allerseelen“
R. Strauss 5 Lieder, Op.39 No.4 “Befreit”

J. Sibelius 4 Lieder
6 songs Op.36 No.6 Demanten på marssnön(The diamond on the March snow)
5 songs Op.37 No.4 Var det en dröm?(Was it a dream?)
6 songs Op.36 No.1 Svarta rosor(Black roses)
5 songs Op.37 No.5 Flickan kom ifrån sin möte(The girl returned from meeting her lover)

L.Janáček Zápisník zmizelého

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Finland. Ralf Gothóni, Lyric & Music Drama, 「Zápisník zmizelého」

CONDUCTOR & PIANIST Ralf Gothóni

Ralf Gothóni has a many-sided worldwide career as pianist, conductor, composer and pedagogue. He became well-known for his unconventional way of music-making and about the wholeness of his musicianship. His tight concert schedule have included major festivals (Berlin, Edinburgh, Salzburg, La Roque de Antheron, Prades, Prague, The Proms, Ravinia, Seoul etc.), orchestras (BayerischerRundfunk, Berlin and Warsaw philharmonics, Detroit, Chicago and Toronto Symphonies etc.) and recording studios (c. 100 recordings for international labels).

Gothóni appears regularly both as a soloist and conductor, conducting often from the keyboard. He has premiered more than a dozen piano concertos (Tavener, Sallinen, Rautavaara, Curtis-Smith, Glick, Segerstam etc) and as a conductor he worked a.o. as the principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra in 2001-2009 and as the musical director of Northwest Chamber Orchestra in Seattle. In 2004 he was appointed as the guest conductor of Deutsche Kammerakademie. As chamber musician he performs regularly at the important festivals.

Gothóni has been professor for chamber music in Berlin, Hamburg, Helsinki, London, in Madrid at the Instituto de Musica Camara Reina Sofia and in Karlsruhe, Germany. He also gives master classes worldwide and is invited as juror at the major piano competitions.
Mr Gothóni’s repertoire as composer includes a chamber concerto for viola and orchestra, 1 hour chamber cantata for violin, piano and orchestra, 3 chamber operas, chamber music and songs.

In the 80's, during Gothóni's artistic directorship, the Savonlinna Opera Festival expanded to its format of today. In the 90-ties he was the initiator and artistic director of "The Forbidden City Music Festival" in Beijing and since 2007 he has directed "Musical Bridges" between Egypt, Aserbaijan, Turkey, Jordan and Finland. He has also been successful as a writer of three books with essays about musical phenomenology.

Mr Gothóni has been honored with many awards, including the American Gilmore Artist Award in 1994, which is one of the biggest awards in classical music, the Order of "Pro Finlandia" and the Schubert Medal of the Austrian Cultural Ministry. In 2012 he was honored in Madrid for his artistic and pedagogic activities by Sofia, the Queen of Spain.

MEZZO SOPRANO Jae-Eun Paik

Mezzo-soprano Jae-Eun Paik has been acclaimed for her “deeply appealing voice” (Washington Post) “well produced dark sonority, vocal intensity and dramatic rightness”(The Chautauqua Daily) , “highly expressive, intense and emotionally committed performence” (Infodad’s Independent Reviews).

Ms. Paik appeared as title role in opera ‘Carmen’ with Korean National opera, Poland National Opera and Sungnam City Opera. She was also heard as main roles in various operas such as Cosi fan Tutte, The Consul, Little Women, Suo Angelica ,Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Semele, Otello, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Cenerentola, Falstaff ,il barbiere di siviglia.

Ms. Paik was New England Chamber Orchestra, Ridgefild Orchestra, North Arkansas Orchestra, Elim Choral Society, Greenwich Choral Society, KBS Orchestra , SNU Orchestra, Pohang City Orchestra, Daegu City Orchestra where she performed Messiah (Handel) Missa in Tempore Belli (Haydn), Magnificat (Raminsh), Magnificat (Bach), Requiem(Mozart), Mass in C Major (Mozart) Vesperae solennes de confessore (Mozart), Mass in b Minor (Bach), El Amor Brujo (Falla), She also sang under the baton of conductor Myung-Hun Chung a number of times when they performed ‘Mahler’s symphony No.8’ “Beethoven’s symphony No.9’.

She graduated Seoul National University (B.M) and earned her Master’s degree and Professional Diploma at Mannes College of Music In New York City.

TENOR Simo Mäkinen

The naturally high and clear tone of Simo Mäkinen’s lyric tenor voice is enhanced by his energetic stage presence and his versatile musicianship. Simo’s varied and extensive repertoire encompasses opera, theatre, chamber music, oratorio and modern vocal music.

Simo Mäkinen (born in Finland in 1982) graduated as a Master of Music from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he studied with Monica Groop and Anssi Hirvonen. Simo then worked with Susanna Eken at the Copenhagen Royal Academy. He has participated in numerous masterclasses, most notable were those led by Karita Mattila, Elisabeth Werres, and Sir Thomas Allen, and he took part in the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

In 2008 Simo won third prize in the Kangasniemi Singing Competition. He was awarded a scholarship from the Martti Talvela Foundation, and given a Pro Musica scholarship.

DIRECTOR Min-Jung Hong

Min-Jung Hong graduated Ehwa Women’s University with a bachelor’s degree in French literature, and majored in directing at the graduate opera department of Korea National University of Arts. She also studied directing at the Italy National Theater Academy as the Italy government scholarship student. She is currently actively working as staff and director in operas in the performance arts field, such as operas and musicals. She has directed operas including “The Voice”, “The Telephone”, “Dido and Aeneas”, “Orpheus and Euridice”, “Rigoletto”, “Cavalleria Rusticana”, “Don Pasquale” “Carmen”, and “Marriage of Figaro”.

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Sop.

BAE HYUNJI Graduated from Seoul Arts High School,
Attending Ewha Woman's University Department of Vocal Music

Yang Ji Hye Graduated from Sunhwa Arts High School,
Attending Ewha Woman's University Department of Vocal Music

M.sop.

Hanhyejin Graduated from Incheon Arts High School,
Attending Korean National University of Arts

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SIMF 2018 France. Concert for Family

12PM MON 5th November , Youngsan Art Hall

Violin Olivier Charlier, Saskia Lethiec, Viola Karine Lethiec, Cello Joonho Shim, Double bass Jin-Chul Kim, Flute Chaiwon Ra, Clarinet Michel Lethiec, Percussion Youngyun Kim, Piano Choong-Mo Kang, Haejeon Lee

G. Connesson Disco Toccata
(Clarinet Michel Lethiec, Cello Joonho Shim)

C. Debussy Petite Suite for piano four hands
(Piano Choong-Mo Kang, Haejeon Lee)
J. Cras Trio à cordes
(Violin Olivier Charlier ,Viola Karine Lethiec, Cello Joonho Shim)

P. Hersant 11 caprices pour cordes
(Violin Saskia Lethiec, Viola Karine Lethiec, Clarinet Michel Lethiec)

C. Saint-Saëns Le carnaval des animaux
(Violin Olivier Charlier, Saskia Lethiec, Viola Karine Lethiec, Cello Joonho Shim, Double bass Jin-Chul Kim, Flute Chaiwon Ra, Clarinet Michel Lethiec, Percussion Youngyun Kim,Piano Choong-Mo Kang, Haejeon Lee)

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France. Concert for Family

VIOLIN Olivier Charlier

A First Prize winner at the age of 14, Olivier Charlier continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire with Pierre Doukan (violin) and Jean Hubeau (chamber music). His talent caught the attention of great artists such as Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng. Then Olivier won prizes at several international violin competitions: Munich, Montreal, Helsinki Sibelius Competition, the Jacques Thibaud and the SACEM George Enesco Competitions (Paris), Indianapolis (USA), and at the Young Concert Artists International Audition in New York in 1989.

Olivier pursues an active recording career which includes fine works such as the Dutilleux Violin Concerto “L’arbre des songes”with the BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier, the Roberto Gerhard Concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by Matthias Bamert (both for Chandos and both nominated for the French ‘Victoires de la Musique’Awards in 1998 and 1999), Lalo Concertos, the Mendelssohn Concertos with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and Lawrence Foster (Erato), Saint-Saëns with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Kantorow (EMI France), as well as a collection of sonatas with Jean Hubeau by the French composers Franck, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Pierné and Vierne (Erato), sonatas by Schumann, Grieg and Beethoven with the pianist Brigitte Engerer (Harmonia Mundi). A recording of Mozart violin concertos n°3, 4 and 5 with the Prague Chamber orchestra is due to be released later this year.

Olivier Charlier is teaching violin at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris

VIOLIN Saskia Lethiec

Saskia Lethiec, winner of international competitions Ferras-Barbizet , finalist at Enesco Competition in Bucarest, semi-finalist at Kreisler international competition in Vienna , she trained at the Geneva Conservatory (class of JP .Wallez), at the Superior National Paris Conservatory ( class of G .Poulet and C Ivaldi) , at the Hochschule in Cologne ( class M.Martin) .She followed in addition to many master classes of Walter Levin, Hatto Beyerle, Miriam Fried, and Maurice Hasson.

Co director of Musique d'Un siècle festival in Dieulefit and professor in Versailles Conservatory, she is invited to give sommer class in Les Arcs Academy, Musicalta Academy, Belle Île Academy and as member of jury in Cnsmd de Paris .

VIOLA Karine Lethiec

French violist Karine Lethiec is well-known for her exacting standards and wide artistic horizons. Her work over the past 20 years has made her a much sought-after musician, particularly for her expertise in chamber music.

Karine Lethiec holds advanced diplomas from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris as well as that of Lyon, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève and the Berne Musikschule Konservatorium. She is an award winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and of the Fondation Banque Populaire Natexis. She has a graduate teaching diploma and teaches at the Conservatoire de la ville de Paris.

The Ensemble is also partner of differents museums to connect music and paintingthrough thematic programms that Karine Lethiec is writing and performing , as the Musée d’Orsay ( « Isadora Duncan/ when the music is dancing ») , musée du Luxembourg in Paris ( « Chagall and Music »), musée de l’Orangerie ( « When the jazz is landing » figuring 1917/USA in the first worl war).

The year 2018-2019 will see a new partnership with the National Museum of Archeology located near Paris, at St Germain en Laye, firsty castle of King Louis 14. Karine Lethiec is creating and performing a programm connecting muisc origines, from Paleolithic to Middle Age.

Karine lethiec is playing an italian viola from 1777.

CELLO Joonho Shim

“genuine musician who plays with a cool head and a passionate heart.”
Natalia Gutman
Joonho Shim showed musical talent at an early age, and entered Yewon School and Seoul Arts Highschool on top of his class. He made his debut at the Gumho Gifted Youth Concert, a Gumho Arts Foundation program for discovering and developing gifted youth, and won various competitions including the 32nd Joongang Music Competition in 2006. He won second prize at the Antonio Janigro International Cello competition in 2012, and he was also the first Korean to win, with unanimous votes from the jurors, at the InternationalJeunesses Musicales Competition in 2010, which became a stepping stone in becoming a world-class cellist.

He performed with Seoul Philharmonic, KBS National Philharmonic, Seongnam Philharmonic, Suwon Philharmonic, Incheon Philharmonic, Gwangju Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic, Bucheon Philharmonic, and Wonju Philharmonic in Korea. He also performed with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie,Belgrade RTS Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Zagreb philharmonic, and Zagreb Soloists. In 2014, he was invited toFagerborg music festival (Norway), Oudewater music festival (Netherland), Szeged music festival (Hungary), and 2015 Bergen music festival to perform as a soloist and accompanist, and in 2017, he appeared as an accompanist at the Philharmonic Festival.

He studied with Youngchang Cho at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, finished his Artist Dimploma with maestros Truls Mørk and Jian Wang at Norwegian Academy of Music. His graduate performance was broadcasted throughout Norway through Norway’s state operated TV broadcast.

He performed actively as a member of ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy), and currently he is teaching at the Korean National School of Arts, as well as serving as a Guest Concertmaster at the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also performing as a member of Club M and Kallaci String Quartet, groups consisting of young musicians.

DOUBLE BASS Jin-Chul Kim

Bassist Jin-chul Kim graduated from Korean National University of Arts and “Hanns Eisler”, Hochschule fur Musik, in Berlin. While studying, he joined the “Komische Oper Berlin” as a fellow and is currently a member of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the concertmaster of BWPO, and a member of APO, led by the maestro Myung-hoon Chung, and Ensemble V9.

He is also teaching at Yewon School and Seoul Arts Highschool.

FLUTE Chaiwon Ra

Chaiwon Ra had graduated Yonsei University. He holds KA Diplom and Master of Chambermusic at The National University of Stuttgart. He also attended the Konzert Examen and Orchestersolist courses at The National University of Mannheim.

He won the first prizes at Dong-A music Competition, The Music Association of International Art and Culture, Magazine Flute& competitions. He has been also awarded International Competition of Theobald Böhm in 2011. He has appeared regularly as solist with many orchestras including Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester, The Baden Badener Philharmonie, Korean Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic and Prime philharmonic orchestras. As a soloist he has been invited to appear at The Heidelberg chamber music festival, Sapporo Flute convention, Jeju international festival, PyeongChang Music Festival, Casals Festival in Korea and he had many solo recitals at Stuttgart, Mannheim, Kumho Art Hall and Seoul Arts Center.

Lately he is the principal flutist in Seocho Phiharmoniker and he is a adjunct professor at Yeungnam University and as a lecturer at Yonsei University, Korea National Unversity of Arts, KyungHee University, and Soongsil University

CLARINET Michel Lethiec

At the moment, the French clarinettist Michel Lethiec is considered to be one of the most eminent figures on theworld-wide classical musical scene. Besides his numerous concert and festival performances, he is also devoted to teaching and participates actively in the research and the distribution of the repertoire.

He has played as a soloist and chamber musician with the most eminent performers such as A. Noras, L. Kovakos, G. Hoffmann, F. Helmerson, G. Sharon, R. and B. Pasquier, H. Shaham, Y. Bashmet, G. Caussé, P. Gallois, J. Menuhin, R. Gothoni, J.F. Heisser, J.-C. Pennetier, M. Rudy, V. Mendelssohn, P. Amoyal, J.J. Kantorow, P. Csaba, M. Martin, Y. Gandelsmann, I. Golan…. and the Talich, Enesco, Artis, Fine Arts, Amati, Prazak, Shangai, Lindsay,Chilingirian Quartets…

Devoted to contemporary music, he has played premier performances of numerous pieces and concertos by composers such as: Penderecki, Corigliano, Denisow, Maratka, Ballif, Landowski, Decoust, Fourchotte, Scolari, Narita, Brotons, Giraud, Del Tredici…

He is an honorary professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Nice Conservatoire and he also participates regularly in international competitions ( Geneva, Leipzig, Prague, Osaka,Munchen, Hambourg…) as a jury member.

He is the Artistic Director of the prestigious Festival Pablo Casals in Prades.

PERCUSSION Youngyun Kim

Percussionist Kim Young-yoon graduated from the Seoul National University College of Music and the Sweelink Conservatirium Amsterdam (U.M) in Holland, and is a mid-level musician who has worked as a Timpanist at the Suwon City Symphony Orchestra after passing through Jeonju City Symphony Orchestra.

As a percussionist, he has performed as a member of Sweelink Emsemble and as a percussionist for the Gouda Amus Foundation Festival. He has performed many concerts including the Audio Art Festival KraKow Invited Recital, Audio Art Festival Seoul Invited Recital, Seoul National University Music Studio Studio 2021, And "Percussion Ensemble 4+".

PIANO Choong-Mo Kang

Born in South Korea, pianist Choong-Mo Kang has won plaudits from critics around the world for his acclaimed performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Korea's leading orchestras. His honorary performances in Moscow and St. Petersburg to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Russia's revered pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva's death received noteworthy commendations. His recital in “Chopin Festival in Duszniki” in year 2008 was received by an enthusiastic standing ovation. He also performs actively as duo pianists with his wife, Hae-Jeon Lee.

Few undertakings are as inspiring as pianist Choong-Mo Kang’s five-year endeavor to master and perform J.S Bach's entire works for the keyboard. His utter absorption in the task of musical expression and his novel interpretations of Bach’s compositions are invaluable contributions to classical music. His devotion is an emblem of uncompromising musical integrity, and none would dispute such a designation.

He has been invited to be on the jury for prestigious international competitions such as Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Cleveland, Dublin, Shanghai, Sendai, Sydney, Bach Competition in Leipzig and many more. He has served as an artistic director of the Euro Music Festival and Academy in Leipzig, as well as a faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and the Ishikawa Music Festival in Japan.

Mr. Kang has taught at The Korea National University of Arts, Peabody Institute and the Juilliard School. He has been actively performing and giving master classes worldwide.

PIANO Haejeon Lee

Pianist Hae Jeon Lee started playing the piano at the age of 5. Since her debut with the Korean National Symphony Orchestra at age 12, she has won many awards and competitions. After graduating from Seoul National University with the highest honors, she received her master’s degree with “Distinction in Performance” from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She continued her studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she completed her Doctoral of Musical Arts (DMA) degree.

In 2014, She had been on the piano faculty at Juilliard Pre-College while taking a temporary leave from Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul. During the summer, she teaches and performs at the Euro Music Festival in Leipzig in addition to her duties as a teacher, performer and adjudicator at various music schools, festivals and competitions.

Currently, Professor Lee is on the piano faculty at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea.

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SIMF 2018 USA. Shanghai String Quartet

8PM TUE 6th November, Seoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall

Ensemble Shanghai Quartet, Piano Ilya Rashkovskiy

R. Schumann Piano Quintet Op. 44
L. v. Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130
L. v. Beethoven Große Fuge, Op.133

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Seoul International Music Festival,
A breath-taking revival of a masterpiece

The union of every amplified moment, Shanghai Quartet
‘‘Surprisingly intense and brilliant performance’
Washington Post

A masterpiece is filled with inherent logic and driving force; studying and analyzing such music helps to understand the heart of the composer. The composers featured in this concert, Beethoven and Schumann, are famous for their unparalleled oeuvre as well as their dramatic lives. The life and art of the two virtuosos are condensed in the pieces that we have prepared for this concert.

Our first selection is a piece by Schumann that is considered one of the best quintet works in history. Schumann was the first person to arrange piano and string quartet together, and he interpreted string quartet as a conversation between four people and an interaction between different parts. Following performances feature two pieces of Beethoven’s string quartet, both are famous for being difficult to play, as the color and mood of the music change drastically depending on the performers. Shanghai Quartet and pianist Ilya Rashkovsky will be performing these pieces with passionate musicality and exquisite technique.

The Shanghai Quartet created a sensation through their guest performance at the 2010 and 2012 SIMF, and they are returning for our 10th anniversary festival. Established in 1983, they are a renown orchestra with 35 years of history, appraised one of the best quartets by the critics and the public. They won second place at the Portsmouth International String Quartet Competition (Currently known as the London International Competition), and first prize at the Chicago Discovery Competition. They are known for their silk-like music, delicately interlaced with melody and rhythm. Their sense of completeness and unity forms a new dimension of musical range and a sense of space, inviting the audience to witness union of amplified moments.

Ilya Rashkovsky is a Russian pianist who showed extraordinary talent from a very young age; he started playing piano when he was five, started composing when he was six, and had his first concert with a symphony orchestra when he was eight years old. He won first prize at the Hammamatsu International Piano competition, Citta di Pinerolo competition, International Piano Competition “Premio Jaen”, and the Hong Kong International competition, proving his talent to the world. We believe Rashkovsky’s performance of Schumann’s piano quintet, composed in 1842- ‘the year of chamber music’, with the Shanghai Quartet will be a valuable experience for all, especially because his deep affection for chamber music.

The collaboration of America’s Shanghai Quartet and Russia’s Ilya Rashkovsky goes beyond the political ideology, embodying the aim of Seoul International Music Festival to create a “joy of uniting through music”.

QUARTET Shanghai Quartet

“A wonderfully ferocious and illuminating performance.”
Washington Post

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and innovations, the Shanghai Quartet is one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds Eastern music with Western repertoire, traversing musical genres from folk music to great masterpieces, to cutting-edge contemporary works.

Weigang Li (Violin)
Weigang Li is a founding member and first violinist of the Shanghai Quartet since 1983.

Mr. Li was featured in the 1980 Oscar winning documentary film From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. He made his solo debut at 17 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with Shanghai Symphony, China Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Asian Youth Orchestra.

Weigang Li is a violin professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey and Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York. He also holds the title of guest concert-master of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and guest professor at Shanghai Conservatory and Central Conservatory in Beijing.

Yi-Wen Jiang (Violin)
After winning top prize at the first China Youth Violin Competition in 1981, Jiang was accepted to study with Professor Han Li at the Central Conservatory of Music. In 1985, after receiving a full scholarship from McDonnell-Douglas, Jiang came to the U.S. to study with Taras Gabora and Michael Tree. In 1990, with the support of the Ken Boxley Foundation, he went to Rutgers University to work with Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri Quartet. Other teachers included Gérard Poulet and Pinchas Zuckerman. As a prizewinner at the Montreal International Competitions, he appeared as a soloist with the Victoria Symphony and MontrealSymphony.

As a composer, Jiang has arranged over 50 pieces for string quartet and other instruments, many pieces composed with Eastern repertoire and Western influence

Honggang Li (Viola)
Honggang Li is the founding member Shanghai Quartet, now in it's 30th season, has performed over two thousand concerts in 30 countries and can be heard on more than 30 CD albums.

In 1987, he won the special prize (a 1757 DeCable violin) given by Elisa Pegreffi of Quartetto Italiano at the First Paolo Borciani International Competition in Italy.

Mr. Li is currently also an artist-in-residence and faculty at Montclair State University and held the same title at University of Richmond in Virginia from 1989 to 2003. He has been the guest professor of both conservatories of Shanghai and Beijing. Mr. Li is also the guest principle violist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra since 2009

Nicholas Tzavaras (Cellist)
A Native of Spanish Harlem in New York City, cellist Nicholas Tzavaras is a much sought after chamber musician, soloist and educator across four continents. Recent reviews in the New York Times have called his playing “richly singing” and “beautifully nuanced.” Since 2000, Mr. Tzavaras has been the cellist of the internationally renowned Shanghai Quartet, playing more than 1500 worldwide.

He is also a guest professor at the Shanghai and Central Conservatories in China and in 2016 joined the cello and chamber music faculty of the Longy School of Music in Caimbridge MA.

PIANIST Ilya Rashkovskiy

Ilya Rashkovskiy is the first prize winner of the following competitions: the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (first prize and Public Prize, Japan, 2012), the Citta di PineroloCompetition (Italy, 2012), the International Jaen Competition (Spain, 2005), and at the Hong Kong International Competition (2005). He is among the top prize winners of the Long - J. ThibaudCompetition in Paris (2nd Place), Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (4th Place) and ArturRubinstein Piano Masters in Tel Aviv (3rd Place).

Ilya Rashkovskiy is a great chamber music admirer and he gladly shares the stages with violinists such as Ji-Yoon Park, Valeriy Sokolov and Andrej Bielow. He also collaborates with singers such as Brigitte Balleys and Orianne Moretti.

He is also actively engaged in fostering younger talents and has given master classes on several occasions in Hong Kong, New Zealand and France. He has been invited as a judge at International Piano Competition Animato for last three editions in Paris.

Currently, he is teaching at Sungshin Women’s University in Korea.



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SIMF 2018 France. Festivals at Prades Pablo Casals

8PM WED 7th November , Seoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall

Clarinet Michel Lethiec, Violin Olivier Charlier, Saskia Lethiec, Viola Karine Lethiec, Cello Jung-Ran Lee, Double bass Jin-Chul Kim

M. Chyrzynski Reflection No. 5 for clarinet and string quartet (SIMF Commissioned work & World Premiere)
(Clarinet Michel Lethiec, Violin Olivier Charlier, Saskia Lethiec, Viola Karine Lethiec, Cello Jung-Ran Lee)

W. A. Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K.581
(Clarinet Michel Lethiec, Violin Saskia Lethiec, Olivier Charlier, Viola Karine Lethiec, Cello Jung-Ran Lee)

G. Gershwin Porgy & Bess Suite
(Clarinet Michel Lethiec, Violin Olivier Charlier, Saskia Lethiec, Viola Karine Lethiec, Cello Jung-Ran Lee, Double bass Jin-Chul Kim)

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Seoul International Music Festival
Finland. Ralf Gothóni, 「Zápisník zmizelého」

VIOLIN Olivier Charlier

A First Prize winner at the age of 14, Olivier Charlier continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire with Pierre Doukan (violin) and Jean Hubeau (chamber music). His talent caught the attention of great artists such as Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng. Then Olivier won prizes at several international violin competitions: Munich, Montreal, Helsinki Sibelius Competition, the Jacques Thibaud and the SACEM George Enesco Competitions (Paris), Indianapolis (USA), and at the Young Concert Artists International Audition in New York in 1989.

Olivier pursues an active recording career which includes fine works such as the Dutilleux Violin Concerto “L’arbre des songes” with the BBC Philharmonic and Yan Pascal Tortelier, the Roberto Gerhard Concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by Matthias Bamert (both for Chandos and both nominated for the French ‘Victoires de la Musique’ Awards in 1998 and 1999), Lalo Concertos, the Mendelssohn Concertos with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and Lawrence Foster (Erato), Saint-Saëns with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Kantorow (EMI France), as well as a collection of sonatas with Jean Hubeau by the French composers Franck, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Pierné and Vierne (Erato), sonatas by Schumann, Grieg and Beethoven with the pianist Brigitte Engerer (Harmonia Mundi). A recording of Mozart violin concertos n°3, 4 and 5 with the Prague Chamber orchestra is due to be released later this year.

Olivier Charlier is teaching violin at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris

VIOLIN Saskia Lethiec

Saskia Lethiec, winner of international competitions Ferras-Barbizet , finalist at Enesco Competition in Bucarest, semi-finalist at Kreisler international competition in Vienna , she trained at the Geneva Conservatory (class of JP .Wallez), at the Superior National Paris Conservatory ( class of G .Poulet and C Ivaldi) , at the Hochschule in Cologne ( class M.Martin) .She followed in addition to many master classes of Walter Levin, Hatto Beyerle, Miriam Fried, and Maurice Hasson.

Co director of Musique d'Un siècle festival in Dieulefit and professor in Versailles Conservatory, she is invited to give sommer class in Les Arcs Academy, Musicalta Academy, Belle Île Academy and as member of jury in Cnsmd de Paris.

VIOLA Karine Lethiec

French violist Karine Lethiec is well-known for her exacting standards and wide artistic horizons. Her work over the past 20 years has made her a much sought-after musician, particularly for her expertise in chamber music.

Karine Lethiec holds advanced diplomas from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris as well as that of Lyon, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève and the Berne Musikschule Konservatorium. She is an award winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and of the Fondation Banque Populaire Natexis. She has a graduate teaching diploma and teaches at the Conservatoire de la ville de Paris.

The Ensemble is also partner of differents museums to connect music and paintingthrough thematic programms that Karine Lethiec is writing and performing , as the Musée d’Orsay ( « Isadora Duncan/ when the music is dancing ») , musée du Luxembourg in Paris ( « Chagall and Music »), musée de l’Orangerie ( « When the jazz is landing » figuring 1917/USA in the first worl war).

The year 2018-2019 will see a new partnership with the National Museum of Archeology located near Paris, at St Germain en Laye, firsty castle of King Louis 14. Karine Lethiec is creating and performing a programm connecting muisc origines, from Paleolithic to Middle Age.

Karine lethiec is playing an italian viola from 1777.

CELLO Jung-Ran Lee

Jung-Ran Lee was born in 1983, Seoul, Korea where she started to play the cello at the age of 6. Since giving her debut concert at the age of 11 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, her performances with orchestras include Baden-Baden Philharmonie Orchestra, Sinfonia Finlandia, l'Orquesta d'Andalucia, l'Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire, Korean Symphony, Baroque Chamber Ensemble among others.

Ms. Lee studied at the Paris Conservatory with Philippe Muller and Itamar Golan. She has also worked with many great artists such as Daniil Shafran, Boris Pergamentichikov, Bernard Greenhouse, Leon Fleisher, Frans Helmerson, Lluis Claret, Kim Kashkashian, Miriam Fried and Steven Isserlis.

Jung-Ran Lee has served as associate principal player at the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (with conductor Myung-Whun Chung) from 2007 to 2014. She currently appears as soloist as well as an active chamber musician in Trio Jade and Kumho Asiana Soloists. As a member of Trio Jade she awarded 3rd Prize of Schubert International Chamber Music Competition and 3rd Prize of Trondheim International Music Competition. Ms. Lee also teaches at the Seoul National University and Yonsei University.

DOUBLE BASS Jin-chul Kim

Bassist Jin-chul Kim graduated from Korean National University of Arts and “Hanns Eisler”, Hochschule fur Musik, in Berlin. While studying, he joined the “Komische Oper Berlin” as a fellow and is currently a member of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the concertmaster of BWPO, and a member of APO, led by the maestro Myung-hoon Chung, and Ensemble V9.

He is also teaching at Yewon School and Seoul Arts Highschool.

CLARINET Michel Lethiec

At the moment, the French clarinettist Michel Lethiec is considered to be one of the most eminent figures on theworld-wide classical musical scene. Besides his numerous concert and festival performances, he is also devoted to teaching and participates actively in the research and the distribution of the repertoire. He has played as a soloist and chamber musician with the most eminent performers such as A. Noras, L. Kovakos, G. Hoffmann, F. Helmerson, G. Sharon, R. and B. Pasquier, H. Shaham, Y. Bashmet, G. Caussé, P. Gallois, J. Menuhin, R. Gothoni, J.F. Heisser, J.-C. Pennetier, M. Rudy, V. Mendelssohn, P. Amoyal, J.J. Kantorow, P. Csaba, M. Martin, Y. Gandelsmann, I. Golan…. and the Talich, Enesco, Artis, Fine Arts, Amati, Prazak, Shangai, Lindsay,Chilingirian Quartets…

Devoted to contemporary music, he has played premier performances of numerous pieces and concertos by composers such as: Penderecki, Corigliano, Denisow, Maratka, Ballif, Landowski, Decoust, Fourchotte, Scolari, Narita, Brotons, Giraud, Del Tredici…

He is an honorary professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Nice Conservatoire and he also participates regularly in international competitions ( Geneva, Leipzig, Prague, Osaka,Munchen, Hambourg…) as a jury member.

He is the Artistic Director of the prestigious Festival Pablo Casals in Prades.



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SIMF 2018 UK. Recital by So-Ock Kim and Ralf Gothóni

8PM THU 8th November, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

Violin So-Ock Kim Piano Ralf Gothóni

L. v. Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op.12
E. Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor, Op.82
L. Janáček Sonata for Violin and Piano JW VII/7
M. Falla Suite populaire espagnole
B. Bartók Romanian Folk Dances BB 68 (arr. for violin and piano )

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Seoul International Music Festival,
Completion of the Inner World through Music
The Collaboration of Pioneers, So-Ock Kim & Ralf Gothoni

“So-ock Kim, excellent violinist, beautiful technique.
Shehasshownmagicwithherpowerfulperformance’
Times
Musicianship of rich completion and a creator of new form, Gilmore Artist Award winner, Ralf Gothoni

This concert, titled the “Pioneers”, present the wild and classical music of five composers who contemplated ways to create original paths set apart from previous music, and sought inner identity and unique musical language within the traditional frame in order to create works that contain their musical philosophy.

The program consists of: the immortal Violin Sonata written by Beethoven in his last years of burning creative passion, Elga’s Violin Sonata that reflects the maturity of this extraordinary composer who refused to be limited by his lack of access to musical information, Janáček’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, which showcases his signature technique of repeating and juxtaposing the pieces and parts of rhythmical melodies, a Spanish Suite written by Falla, who expanded his musical language by adding impressionist music to traditional composition techniques, and finally, Romania Dance Suite that is filled with the unique emotions of Bartok, a composer who completed the modernization of classical music.

So-ock Kim, violinist, and Ralf Gothoni, pianist and conductor, are the perfect artists for this program. They are the pioneers of the new musical world and the heirs of these composers’ spirit.
So-ock Kim has been serving as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in England since 2012. She went abroad to England at the age of three and first gained global attention as the youngest gold medal winner of the Shell/LSO competition at the age of 15. Her performance, which reflects her inner growth and sophistication, has achieved success and captured the audience all around the world. Her elegant performance continues to attract the audience today.

Maestro Ralf Gothoni is always alert and passionate. He is a pianist, conductor, educator and an author, and has made remarkable achievements in various areas. Gothoni, a restless adventurer in art and a true pioneer, opened many beginnings of distinguished festivals. He was the director of Savonlinna Opera Festival in the 80s and expanded its structure into that of today, he was the initiator and the artistic director of Beijing’s “Forbidden City Music Festival” in the 90s, and from 2007, he directed the “Musical Bridges” between Egypt, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Jordan and Finland.

VIOLINIST So-Ock Kim

‘So-Ock Kim has all these qualities in abundance; this recital was one of the most remarkable in recent memory… displayed remarkable stylistic versatility. ..in perfect command of fingers and bow, flawless in intonation, pure and beautiful in sound.’
New York Concert Review, Carnegie Weill Hall Born in Seoul in 1982, So-Ock Kim moved to London at the age of three. At 15, she was the youngest ever winner of the gold medal in the prestigious Shell/LSO Competition playing the Tchaikovsky concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall. At 19, So-Ock was selected for the Young Concert Artists Trust.

So-Ock has given numerous critically acclaimed performances around the world and at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Hall in London. Abroad she has comprehensively toured throughout Asia, Europe and the US, performing concertos and recitals in the various international music festivals, such as Schleswig Holstein, Beethoven Festival, Ravinia, Mecklenburg, BBCProms, Radio France Festival, Herrenchimsee, Seoul Spring, Casals and Aldeburgh. Many of her performances have been broadcast on radio and television worldwide, including the BBC, ABC, Radio France, RAI, KBS, Polish Radio and Classic FM.

So-Ock has made numerous acclaimed international performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Sofia Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale de Montpellier, KBS Symphony, Torino Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Mexico State, and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestras. She has performed with Krzystof Penderecki and the Polish Radio Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vassily Petrenko, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Suwon Philharmonic, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Westdeutsche Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra.

So-Ock has a keen interest in the performance of new works and has given several World Premieres that have been recorded for Universal (France and Korea) and Naxos. She is also an active chamber musician and Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

PIANIST Ralf Gothóni

Ralf Gothóni has a many-sided worldwide career as pianist, conductor, composer and pedagogue. He became well-known for his unconventional way of music-making and about the wholeness of his musicianship. His tight concert schedule have included major festivals (Berlin, Edinburgh, Salzburg, La Roque de Antheron, Prades, Prague, The Proms, Ravinia, Seoul etc.), orchestras (BayerischerRundfunk, Berlin and Warsaw philharmonics, Detroit, Chicago and Toronto Symphonies etc.) and recording studios (c. 100 recordings for international labels).

Gothóni appears regularly both as a soloist and conductor, conducting often from the keyboard. He has premiered more than a dozen piano concertos (Tavener, Sallinen, Rautavaara, Curtis-Smith, Glick, Segerstam etc) and as a conductor he worked a.o. as the principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra in 2001-2009 and as the musical director of Northwest Chamber Orchestra in Seattle. In 2004 he was appointed as the guest conductor of Deutsche Kammerakademie. As chamber musician he performs regularly at the important festivals.

Gothóni has been professor for chamber music in Berlin, Hamburg, Helsinki, London, in Madrid at the Instituto de Musica Camara Reina Sofia and in Karlsruhe, Germany. He also gives master classes worldwide and is invited as juror at the major piano competitions.
Mr Gothóni’s repertoire as composer includes a chamber concerto for viola and orchestra, 1 hour chamber cantata for violin, piano and orchestra, 3 chamber operas, chamber music and songs.

In the 80's, during Gothóni's artistic directorship, the Savonlinna Opera Festival expanded to its format of today. In the 90-ties he was the initiator and artistic director of "The Forbidden City Music Festival" in Beijing and since 2007 he has directed "Musical Bridges" between Egypt, Aserbaijan, Turkey, Jordan and Finland. He has also been successful as a writer of three books with essays about musical phenomenology.

Mr Gothóni has been honored with many awards, including the American Gilmore Artist Award in 1994, which is one of the biggest awards in classical music, the Order of "Pro Finlandia" and the Schubert Medal of the Austrian Cultural Ministry. In 2012 he was honored in Madrid for his artistic and pedagogic activities by Sofia, the Queen of Spain.



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SIMF 2018 Russia. Recital by Ilya Gringolts & Peter Laul 「I. Stravinsky」

8PM FRI 9th November , Seoul Arts Center IBK Chamber Hall

Violin Ilya Gringolts, Piano Peter Laul

I.Stravinsky L'Oiseau de Feu

I.Stravinsky Elegy for violin solo
I.Stravinsky Italian Suite

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Seoul International Music Festival, The Flower of Russian Classical Music
Intense colors and exotic mood, Stravinsky.

‘‘It is rare to witness a violinist who plays with a richer expression,
and a more uncompromising attitude than Ilya Gringolts’
- Süddeutsche Zeitung

Award winner of Russia Culture Ministry’s Medal of Honor for Contribution in Art,
Pianist Peter Laul

Gringolt’s “Stravinsky Special” presents a deep and dignified sound that will approach the audience like the scent of a single malt whisky. Igor Stravinsky, one of the most famous composers of the 20th century with an intense color and exotic mood, was born in Russia, earned fame in Paris and died in America. Three of his pieces that represent his early Russian ballet music period and neo-classicism will be performed at this concert, in which Stravinsky’s fresh, dramatic sentiment and his unique transformation of dance music form can be witnessed. Russia’s genius violinist Ilya Gringolts and a powerful pianist Peter Laul will be leading the “Stravinsky Special”. Gringolts was the youngest to win first prize at the 1998 Premio Paganini International Violin Competition after studying under Issac Perlman at the Julliard School, was selected as BBC’s 12 artists of the World, and was also the winner of the Gramophone Award. Apart from performing well-known repertoires, he is also dedicated to discovering unnoticed pieces, and he played a significant role in illuminating Stravinsky’s less known pieces written for solo instruments. Pianist Peter Laul was the receiver of Russia Culture Ministry’s Medal of Honor for Contribution in Art, and the top prize winner at the Bremen International Competition and the Scriabin International Competition.

Ilya Gringolts and Peter Laul are two of the finest musicians in Russia, and they have performed together for over 20 years. We are thrilled to introduce their excellent performance of Stravinsky’s music, which represents Russia itself, to you.

VIOLINIST Ilya Gringolts

“One can hardly play the violin more expressively and uncompromisingly than Gringolts.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung

The Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts wins over audiences with his extremely virtuosic playing and sensitive interpretations, and is always looking for new musical challenges.

Ilya Gringolts has performed with leading orchestras around the world such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, NHK Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and both orchestras of Southwest German Radio. Recent highlights included projects with the Bavarian Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Symphony.

As a keen chamber musician, Ilya Gringolts collaborates with artists such as Yuri Bashmet, David Kadouch, Itamar Golan, Peter Laul, Aleksandar Madzar, Nicolas Altstaedt, Andreas Ottensamer, Antoine Tamestit and JörgWidmann, and is a regular guest at the festivals in Lucerne, Kuhmo, Verbier, Colmar and Bucharest(Enescu Festival), as well as the Serate Musicali in Milan and St. Petersburg Philharmonia.

After studying violin and composition in St. Petersburg with Tatiana Liberova and Jeanna Metallidi, he attended the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Itzhak Perlman. In 1998 be won the International Violin Competition Premio Paganini, as the youngest first prize winner in the history of the competition.

PIANIST Peter Laul

Peter Laul was born into a musical family in St. Petersburg, Russia and received his education at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with Prof. Alexander Sandler, and where he has since become a faculty member. He won the 3rd prize and special prize for the best Bach performance in the Bremen International Piano Competition in 1995 and again, in 1997, he won the 1st prize and special prize, this time for the best Schubert sonata performance. In addition to that, in 2000 he won 1st prize at the Scriabin International Piano Competition in Moscow and, in 2003, he was awarded the honorary medal “For achievements in the Arts” by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Mr. Laul is a consummate chamber musician. His chamber music partners include Borodin Quartet, Dmitry Kouzov,Marc Coppey, Maxim Vengerov, Viktor Tretyakov, Ilya Gringolts, Graf Mourja, Sergey Levitin, Alena Baeva, Valery Sokolov, Alexander Ghindin, Diemut Poppen, Francoise Groben, Maja Bogdanovic, Gary Hoffmann, David Grimal,Lawrence Power, Paul Meyer, Romain Guyot, Francois-Frederic Gui, Laurent Korcia and Tedi Papavrami.

Peter Laul has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Aeon, Audite, BIS, Onyx, Naxos, Marquis Classics, Querstand, Integral Classics, King Records, Northern Flowers and numerous TV and Radio stations in Russia and abroad.



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SIMF 2018 Korea. The Best Chamber Music, Ensemble Opus

8PM SAT 10th November , Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall

Violin Ju-Young Baek, Ilya Gringolts, So-Ock Kim, Donghwan Yoon Viola Sang-Jin Kim, Han Na Lee, Cello Min Ji Kim, Joonho Shim

F. Mendelssohn String Octet in E-flat Major Op. 20
G. Enescu String Octet in C Major Op. 7

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Seoul International Music Festival ‘Harmony’
Most reputable in chamber music, Ensemble Opus

Ju-Young Baek, Ilya Gringolts, So-Ock Kim, Donghwan Yoon , Sang-Jin Kim, Han Na Lee, Min Ji Kim, Joonho Shim
2018 Seoul International Music Festival ‘Ensemble Opus’

The Seoul International Music Festival would like to gift the story of ‘harmony’ to the audience through this year’s program. Chamber music can only shine through harmoniousness and trust. Octet, a large scale chamber music, is especially difficult and requires a high level of personal musicianship, and years of ensemble experiences.

‘Ensemble Opus’ has presented the best stages by inviting some of the world’s best musicians. They are ready to present the best classical music in which ‘life and music are congruent’

Ensemble Opus selected Mendelssohn and Enescu for this late autumn night concert. Mendelssohn was the leading composer of the 19th century romanticism with Schumann, and he pioneered a contemplative romanticism by sublimating German literature in music. His string octet is written in an innovative form that completes the classical form of octet and is also perfect as a sonata form music structure. Mendelssohn’s melodies are exceptionally elegant and beautiful.

Enescu was a renown composer of his time, who wrote pieces based on traditional melody, folk rhythm, and powerful, effective harmony. Enescu, who was a strong patriot, frequently explained that his pieces were about the pride and ego towards his country. Enescu’s octet is known to be one of the more difficult chamber music pieces, but its passionate movement, special melody and impressive harmony create a sensation since the premier.

VIOLINIST Ju-Young Baek

“Next Goddess of Violin” Krzysztof Penderecki

Violinist Ju-Young Baek made national headlines in Korea with her appointment as the youngest faculty member of the prestigious Seoul National University. In addition to her appointment, Ju-Young Baek enjoys an extensive international career. Many of world’s most important venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Seoul Arts Center, have presented her in recitals as well as a soloist, with the NHK Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, and KBS Orchestra, among others

The recipient of numerous awards, Ju-Young Baek was a laureate at the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, Bronze Medalist at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis with four special prizes, top prize winner at International Paganini, Sibelius, Long-Thibaud, and Seoul International Violin Competitions. Her career was launched after winning 1st prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York City and the Astral Artists International Auditions in Philadelphia, both of whom have assisted her career. After a mesmerizing performance at Penderecki’s presence in 2009, Ju-Young Baek will perform his violin Sonata and the Violin Concertos under Mr. Penderecki’s direction, during the 2012-2013 season.

Ms. Baek holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Paris, and the Manhattan School of Music. Her first CD with Brahms and Bruch concerti was released in 2009 to critical acclaim, and another solo violin repertoire CD was released in Japan in 2012. Ju-Young's next album is soon to be released in early 2014, with Penderecki and Szymanovski concerti in association with Royal Philharmonic in London.

VIOLINIST Ilya Gringolts

“One can hardly play the violin more expressively and uncompromisingly than Gringolts.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung

The Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts wins over audiences with his extremely virtuosic playing and sensitive interpretations, and is always looking for new musical challenges.

Ilya Gringolts has performed with leading orchestras around the world such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, NHK Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and both orchestras of Southwest German Radio. Recent highlights included projects with the Bavarian Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Symphony.

As a keen chamber musician, Ilya Gringolts collaborates with artists such as Yuri Bashmet, David Kadouch, Itamar Golan, Peter Laul, Aleksandar Madzar, Nicolas Altstaedt, Andreas Ottensamer, Antoine Tamestit and JörgWidmann, and is a regular guest at the festivals in Lucerne, Kuhmo, Verbier, Colmar and Bucharest(Enescu Festival), as well as the Serate Musicali in Milan and St. Petersburg Philharmonia.

After studying violin and composition in St. Petersburg with Tatiana Liberova and Jeanna Metallidi, he attended the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Itzhak Perlman. In 1998 be won the International Violin Competition Premio Paganini, as the youngest first prize winner in the history of the competition.

VIOLINIST So-Ock Kim

‘So-Ock Kim has all these qualities in abundance; this recital was one of the most remarkable in recent memory… displayed remarkable stylistic versatility. ..in perfect command of fingers and bow, flawless in intonation, pure and beautiful in sound.’ - New York Concert Review, Carnegie Weill Hall

Born in Seoul in 1982, So-Ock Kim moved to London at the age of three. At 15, she was the youngest ever winner of the gold medal in the prestigious Shell/LSO Competition playing the Tchaikovsky concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall. At 19, So-Ock was selected for the Young Concert Artists Trust.

So-Ock has given numerous critically acclaimed performances around the world and at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Hall in London. Abroad she has comprehensively toured throughout Asia, Europe and the US, performing concertos and recitals in the various international music festivals, such as Schleswig Holstein, Beethoven Festival, Ravinia, Mecklenburg, BBCProms, Radio France Festival, Herrenchimsee, Seoul Spring, Casals and Aldeburgh. Many of her performances have been broadcast on radio and television worldwide, including the BBC, ABC, Radio France, RAI, KBS, Polish Radio and Classic FM.

So-Ock has made numerous acclaimed international performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Sofia Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale de Montpellier, KBS Symphony, Torino Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Mexico State, and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestras. She has performed with Krzystof Penderecki and the Polish Radio Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vassily Petrenko, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Suwon Philharmonic, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Westdeutsche Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra.

So-Ock has a keen interest in the performance of new works and has given several World Premieres that have been recorded for Universal (France and Korea) and Naxos. She is also an active chamber musician and Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

VIOLINIST Donghwan Yoon

Violinist Donghwan Yoon traces his musical lineage back to the legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz through RudolfKoelman. He earned his Soloist’s Diploma, receiving unanimous highest marks of the faculty from the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland. He also holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the said university. From his native Korea, he studied at the Sunhwa Arts High School.

While he was a student at Sunhwa Arts High School, his musical talent was already recognized as he won prizes from various competitions in Korea, most notably the Nanpa Concours. He studied under the tutelage of Sunhee Kim and Sooyoung Yun, and during this time, he also participated in the Summit Music Festival in New York, USA, and subsequently performed in the gala concert and the 300th anniversary celebration of the city of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Yoon pursued his university studies in Switzerland, where he continued a very active performing career. In 2008 and 2009, he was a participant of the Keshet Eilon Violin Masterclass in Israel, and in 2009 and 2010, the Sion festival in Switzerland. His international career took off as he placed 2nd at the violin division of the Premio Citta di PadovaInternational Competition in Italy.

Donghwan Yoon settled in Seoul, Korea, and launched his career there with his highly praised recital at the Seoul Arts Center in February 2015. He was named the prizewinner of the “Emerging Artists Award” by the Korea Music Journal, and he was selected as an artist for the Samsung Rising Star Series in 2016.

He is an adjunct professor at the Chungnam University, and he also teaches students at the Korean Chamber Orchestra Music Academy, Sunhwa Arts School, Sunhwa Arts High School, Dukwon Arts High School, Gyeonggi Arts High School, Anyang Arts High School, and Duksung Women’s University.

VIOLIST Sang-Jin Kim

“a poised, appealing performer with rock-solid technique, warm, powerful, variable tone and a simple, direct expressiveness”
Strings Magazine

Critically acclaimed violist Sang-Jin Kim has won several solo and chamber music competitions internationally. He travels throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in more than 70 performances a year. Recent engagements include appearances at the Paris Salle Gaveau, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Carnegie hall, Lincoln center, 92nd Y, Kennedy Center, Ravinia, and Schoenberg Hall among others. He was invited to the Marlboro, Aspen and Musicmountain,Rheingau, Villa Musica and Mach-art, Prague Spring, Cervofestivals and the international Musician's Seminar at Prussia Cove.

A former member of the International Sejong Soloists,Kumho Asiana String Quartet and M.I.K. Ensemble, Sang-Jin is frequently invited as soloist with major symphony orchestras in Korea. Upon receiving the Presidential Award in 2001, a highest civilian award in Korea, he was subsequently designated as an Embassador of Culture in honor of his achievements.

Mr. Kim studied at the Cologne Musik Hochschule in Germany with Rainer Moog and with Samuel Rhodes at the Juilliard school. He is now a professor of viola performance at the Yonsei University in Seoul.

VIOLIST Han Na Lee

Violist Hanna Lee is one of the most spotlighted violinists of the generation.Hanna Lee has been invited to world-renown festivals such as Lavinia, Verbier, and Marlboro to play with famous musicians, including Kim Kashkashian, ColinCarr, Lucy Chapman and Charles Neidich. She was named “Young Artists to Lead the Next Generation” by Monthly Auditorium in 2015. She won the first prize at the New England Conservatory Symphony Competition, and performed at theprize winners’ concert in 2008, and she also won at various international competitions, including First Prize in International Young Artists’ Competition, Special Prize in the Hellam Young Artists’ Competition, and Second Prize in Osaka International Competition.

After graduated from Yewon School, she entered Korea University of Arts as a prodigy while she was attending Seoul Arts Highschool and studied withSoonhwa Oh, Sangjin Kim and Seoyoung Lee. She was also taught by Roberto Diaz at the Curtis Institute, completed her master’s degree and graduate diploma under Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory, and she has been taught by Nobuko Imai at the Kronberg Academy in Germany.

Currently, she is actively performing at regular concerts and regional tour concerts as a member of Kumho Asiana Soloists , Olympus Ensemble, Opus Ensemble, Koreana Chamber Music Festival, Roman Ensemble, and Ola Viola Sound. She also performed as a violist of the Kallaci String Quartet, formed in 2011, and she has been attempting various projects including performances of the entire quartet of Shostakovich and Africa tour. Hanna Lee is also teaching at the Korea National University of Arts Academy of Gifted, Yonsei University, Yewon School, Seoul Arts Highschool, and Sunhwa Arts Middle and Highschool.

CELLIST Min Ji Kim

“With brilliant technique and beauty, her music drew the audience into a deep abyss, and her sweet and tense sound made our eyes close”
The Boston Globe.

Cellist Minji Kim made her U.S debut after winning the 2003 Astral Artists National Audition in U.S. She entered the School for the Gifted in Arts, Korea National University of Arts when she was 16, and after graduating in 2000, she graduated from New England Conservatory after completing her Master of Music, G.D and D.M.A, receiving full scholarship. She received the Frank Huntingtun Beebe Fund for Musicians in 2005, and graduated from Toulouse Conservatory of Music in France with an Artist Diploma.

She won first prize in Dong-A Ilbo, Joong-ang Ilbo, Korea News and Chosun Ilbocompetitions, and grand prize in Nanpa Competition, and KBS New Musicians Competition. She was also the first Korean to receive scholarship after being invited to Emanuel Feuermann International Cello Competition, where only 12 musicians all over the world were invited. She won second prize at the Premio arturo Bonucci International Cello Competition, third prize at Adam International Cello Competition, and first prizes in Hudson Valley Strings Competition, New England Conservatory Strings Competition and HAMS International Cello Competitions, and also went on to record an album as a reward. She also won first prize and the special award for commissioned piece at the Irving M. Klein International Strings Competition.

Minji Kim was the first Asian to serve as the associate concertmaster of Reina Sofia Orchestra, Spain, led by Lorin Mazel, and she also served as the concertmaster at the Seoul Arts Center Festival Orchestra. Currently 38-years-old, she is teaching at the Seoul National University as a professor of instrumental music and performing as the concertmaster of Cellistar Cello Ensemble and a member of OPUS Ensemble.

CELLIST Joonho Shim

“genuine musician who plays with a cool head and a passionate heart.”
Natalia Gutman

Joonho Shim showed musical talent at an early age, and entered Yewon School and Seoul Arts Highschool on top of his class. He made his debut at the Gumho Gifted Youth Concert, a Gumho Arts Foundation program for discovering and developing gifted youth, and won various competitions including the 32nd Joongang Music Competition in 2006. He won second prize at the Antonio Janigro International Cello competition in 2012, and he was also the first Korean to win, with unanimous votes from the jurors, at the InternationalJeunesses Musicales Competition in 2010, which became a stepping stone in becoming a world-class cellist.

He performed with Seoul Philharmonic, KBS National Philharmonic, Seongnam Philharmonic, Suwon Philharmonic, Incheon Philharmonic, Gwangju Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic, Bucheon Philharmonic, and Wonju Philharmonic in Korea. He also performed with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie,Belgrade RTS Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Zagreb philharmonic, and Zagreb Soloists. In 2014, he was invited toFagerborg music festival (Norway), Oudewater music festival (Netherland), Szeged music festival (Hungary), and 2015 Bergen music festival to perform as a soloist and accompanist, and in 2017, he appeared as an accompanist at the Philharmonic Festival.

He studied with Youngchang Cho at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, finished his Artist Dimploma with maestros Truls Mørk and Jian Wang at Norwegian Academy of Music. His graduate performance was broadcasted throughout Norway through Norway’s state operated TV broadcast.

He performed actively as a member of ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy), and currently he is teaching at the Korean National School of Arts, as well as serving as a Guest Concertmaster at the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also performing as a member of Club M and Kallaci String Quartet, groups consisting of young musicians.



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SIMF 2018 Poland. 100th Anniversary of Independence “Sinfonia Varsovia”

5PM SUN 11th November , Lotteconcert Hall

Conductor Grzegorz Nowak, Chorus Conductor Euijoong Yoon, Choral Master Mirosław Janowski, Soprano Jennifer Wilson, Alto Jae-Eun Paik, Baritone CHAE IL Kim, Sinfonia Varsovia, The National Chorus of Korea

M. Karłowicz Powracające fale Op. 9 (Korean Premiere)
K. Szymanowski Stabat Mater Op.54 (Original Korean Premiere)
Jeajoon Ryu Sinfonia da Requiem

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2018 Seoul International Music Festival Closing Concert
‘Sinfonia Varsovia’

‘… I have never felt as satisfied as when I performed as a soloist and conductor at Sinfonia Varsovia”
Yehudi Menuhin

A true gem; magnificent and noble voices of Grzegorz Nowak, world class conductor,
Miroslav Yanofsky, Choral Master, and the National Chorus all in once place.

The closing concert of 2018 Seoul International Music Festival will be commemorating both the 100소 anniversary of Poland’s independence and the 99th anniversary of the establishment of Republic of Korea with Sinfonia Varsovia and National Chorus. We believe it will be especially meaningful when the music plays on November 11th, the day of Poland’s Independence.

Poland and Korea share similar histories. Poland was invaded by Russia and Germany, and Korea was invaded by Japan and China; both nations rose above the difficult circumstances and achieved peace. This concert celebrates the meeting of two nations, elevating the historical pain through ‘music’.

Seoul International Music Festival has prepared a special repertoire and event, in which London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s life principal conductor, Grzegorz Nowak, the artistic director of National Chorus and the chorus conductor of this concert, Ui-joong Yoon, world-class choral master, Miroslav Yanofsky, opera soprano and winner of 2016 Richard Wagner award, Jennifer Wilson, and leading singers of Korea, Jae-un Beck, and Jae-il Kim comes together in one voice. The audience will be able to experience the peak of human emotion through their masterful harmony.

This concert will be an excellent opportunity for the audience to experience the deep romantic scent of Poland. Sinfonia Varsovia will be playing ‘Sinfonia Da Requiem’, written by Jaejoon Ryu, Korean composer who studied under Poland’s great composers, Karlowicz, Szymanowski, and Penderecki.

Sinfonia Varsovia is a world-known orchestra and they have received prestigious awards including Diapason d’Or, Diapason Decouverte, Grand Prix du Disque and the Polish Fryderyk award- which they won nine times. For this concert, this masterful orchestra aims to deliver the true sentiments of Poland through the sophisticated music of a Polish composer.

The concert will also be filled with the sentiments of Korea. The National Chorus contributes to popularizing and improving the artistic standard of choral music in Korea by creating various repertoires and new performances every year. We have no doubt that the audience will be able to experience their expression of Korea’s unique characteristic, scent and warmth through this concert.

CONDUCTOR Grzegorz Nowak

‘compelling account… outstanding… achingly intense in climaxes… a thought-provoking performance’
- Colin Anderson, ClassicalSource, London

Nowak always commands playing of the very high standard from the orchestra. We, the audience, are lucky
- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International, London

Grzegorz Nowakis the PermanentAssociateConductorof the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) in London, promoted to this position in January 2015 after serving for seven years as the Orchestra’s Principal Associate Conductor. He has led the RPO on tours to Switzerland, Turkey and Armenia, as well as giving numerous concerts throughout the UK. His RPO recordings include Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ and ‘Italian’ Symphonies, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Dvořák’s Symphonies Nos.6–9,Tone Poems of Karlowicz, all of the symphonies of Schumann, and the complete symphonies and major orchestral works of Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

Grzegorz Nowak has performed alongside many of the most widely respected soloists of our time, including Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Nigel Kennedy, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mikhail Pletnev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gil Shaham and Krystian Zimerman, and has worked with such singers as Janet Baker, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Gwyneth Jones, Aleksandra Kurzak, Sherrill Milnes and Anja Silja.

CHOIR DIRECTOR Euijoong Yoon

In November 2017, conductor Yoon Euijoong was inaugurated as the Artistic Director of the National Chorus of Korea. With his great sense of musicality and exquisite conducting, he is one of the leading conductors of choral music in Korea.

Since 2005, Yoon Euijoong has been serving as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Changwon City Chorale, the largest city chorale in Korea for 10 years. He has successfully conducted many concerts of a variety of genres from classical to pop, making the Changwon City Chorale accessible and popular to multiple demographics.

Conductor Yoon Euijoong has made many efforts by training choral conducting to students at Hansei University as the dean and professor. He is now the Artistic Conductor and the Executive Conductor at the National Chorus of Korea and is putting forth great efforts to show the talent of Korea’s choral music to the world.

CHORUS MASTER Mirosław Janowski

Mirosław Janowski studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. From 1984 to 1995 he was assistant chorus master, then chorus master with the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. In 1995 he became chorus director with the Roma Music Theatre in Warsaw, yet returned to the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in 1998.

He was involved in the preparation of many operettas and musicals, e.g. West Side Story and Wonderful Town. He was the artistic director of the Warsaw-based Harfa Singing Society, conducted the Polish Radio Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia, and now records collections of patriotic songs with the Media Choir for the Romuald Traugutt Philharmonics, Warsaw.

From September 2017, he is the chorus director of the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera Choir.

SOPRANO Jennifer Wilson

‘dream soprano’ and ‘moving humanity’
Leipziger Volkszeitung

In 2015/16, Jennifer Wilson participated in a radio programme to sing the role of Isolde with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir with Stichting Omroep Muziek, Amsterdam, where it was said that ‘…her Isolde borders on the miraculous’ (Bachtrack). Jennifer also made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Turandot followed by a performance of Die Walküre under the baton of Alexander Vedernikov with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing in Tristan and Isolde with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Last season, Jennifer Wilson returned to Oper Leipzig for a new production of Turandot where she was hailed as ‘the best Turandot one could imagine’ and a revival of Die Frau ohne Schatten, in which she was praised for her ‘dream soprano’ and ‘moving humanity’ (Leipziger Volkszeitung). She then returned to the Odense Symphony to sing the role of Brünnhilde in Götterdämmerung.

This season sees Jennifer Wilson singing Brünnhildein Die Walküre with the National Performing Arts Centre in Taiwan, followed by a return to Oper Leipzig for Turandotand to the Odense Symphony Orchestra for Brünnhildein Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung. Future projects also include a concert tour of South Korea with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and Turandotin Tokyo.

ALTO Jae-Eun Paik

Jae-Eun Paik has been acclaimed for her “deeply appealing voice”
Washington Post

Recently, Ms. Paik appeared as title role in opera ‘Carmen’with Korean National opera, Poland National Opera and Sungnam City Opera. She was also heard as main roles in various operas such as Cosi fan Tutte, The Consul, Little Women, Suo Angelica ,Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Semele, Otello, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Cenerentola, Falstaff ,il barbiere di siviglia.

Ms. Paik was on the concert stages withNew England Chamber Orchestra, Ridgefild Orchestra, North Arkansas Orchestra, Elim Choral Society, Greenwich Choral Society, KBS Orchestra , SNU Orchestra, Pohang City Orchestra, Daegu City Orchestra where she performed Messiah(Handel) Missa in Tempore Belli(Haydn), Magnificat(Raminsh),Magnificat(Bach), Requiem(Mozart), Mass in C Major(Mozart) Vesperae solennes de confessore(Mozart), Mass in b Minor(Bach), El Amor Brujo(Falla), She also sang under the baton of conductor Myung-Hun Chung a number of times when they performed ‘Mahler’s symphony No.8’“Beethoven’s symphony No.9’.

She graduated Seoul National University (B.M) and earned her Master’s degree and Professional Diploma at Mannes College of Music In New York City.

BARITONE CHAE IL Kim

Chaeil Kim completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at College of Music, Seoul National University, graduated from Hochschule Dusseldorf and completed his masters in Arts and Cultural Tourism at the College of Urban Science, University of Seoul.

He made his debut in Europe as Enrico in “Lucia” at the Staatstheater Braunschweig in Germany, and in Korea as Germont in Seoul Metropolitan Opera’s “La Traviata”. He performed with KBS, Seoul Philharmonic, Gangnam Symphony, Prime Philharmonic, Nirvana Philharmonic, W Philharmonic, Brandenburg National, Wagner Kammer, Bayreut Forum Festival Orchestra, Seoul City, Ansan City, Gyeonggi State, and Joong-ang Philharmonic, and he appeared as a main character in “Un Ballo in Maschera”, ‘The Magic Flute“, ”La Boheme“, ”Cavalleria Rusticana“, ”Rigoletto“, ”The Marriage of Figaro“, ”Tosca“, ”The Ring Cycle“, ”Wedding at the Chapel“, ”Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’, “Andrea Chenier”, “The Cloak”, and “Gianni Schicchi”.

He has been well-received as an excellent performer with a fine balance of singing and acting capability, who is able to perform a broad spectrum of characters from comic to serious with his rich volume and sensitivity. He appears on various performances of oratorios, cantatas, concerts and solo recitals as well. He has taught in Seoul National University, University of Seoul, Seoul University Social Education Center, Hanyang University Social Education Center, and Dongguk University Extension College. He is currently teaching at the Catholic University of Korea and is performing as a member of Ensemble OPUS, Gail Players, and “Pimartcoup Bariton Soloist”. He has been hosting the “Baritone Chaeil Kim’s HIM Concert” since 2015, and he is a regular guest appearing on BTN Radio’s HIM classic corner every Wednesday morning on 9:00 a.m, to promote classical music.

ORCHESTRA SINFONIA VARSOVIA ORCHESTRA

In April of 1984, Waldemar Dąbrowski, director of the St. I. Witkiewicz Studio Centre for the Artsin Warsaw and Franciszek Wybrańczyk, director of the then extant Polish Chamber Orchestra invited the legendary violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhinto perform in Poland as soloist and conductor.
To match the exigencies of the planned repertoire, the orchestra increased the number of its members, inviting renowned musicians from all over Poland to perform together. The ensemble’s initial concerts under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin were enthusiastically applauded by audiences and praised by critics, while Lord Menuhin himself did not hesitate to accept Waldemar Dąbrowski’s and Franciszek Wybrańczyk’s proposal to become the first guest conductorof the newly established symphony orchestra named Sinfonia Varsovia.

Sinfonia Varsovia has performed with many distinguished conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Valery Gergiev, Jacek Kaspszyk, Emmanuel Krivine, Witold Lutosławski, Lorin Maazel, Paul McCreesh, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Yehudi Menuhin, Krzysztof Penderecki and soloists as Piotr Anderszewski, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, Teresa Berganza, Rafał Blechacz, Frank Braley, Alfred Brendel, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Piotr Paleczny, José Carreras, Placido Domingo, Augustin Dumay, Stephen Hough, Sharon Kam, Kiri Te Kanawa, Nigel Kennedy, Gidon Kremer, Radu Lupu, Albrecht Mayer, Mischa Maisky, Shlomo Mintz, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Olga Pasiecznik, Murray Perahia, Maria João Pires, Ivo Pogorelić, Vadim Repin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Henryk Szeryng, Andreas Vollenweider, Christian Zacharias and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Sinfonia Varsovia has made numerous recordings on compact disc and for radio and television. The orchestra boasts a discography of more than 280 albums, recorded for famous international labels: Decca, Denon Nippon Columbia, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Naïve, Naxos, Sony, Virgin Classics and for Polish labels, including BeArTon, CD Accord, NIFC, Polskie Nagrania and Polskie Radio. Many of these recordings received prestigious music awards, including the Diapason d’Or, Diapason Découverte, Grand Prix du Disque and the Polish Fryderyk award, which the Orchestra received nine times.

CHORUS The National Chorus of Korea

The National Chorus of Korea (N.C.K), the country's first professional chorus and choral leader, was founded in 1973 in order to pursue the professional and artistic aspects of choral singing.

The N.C.K has elevated Korean choral music from an amateur to professional level, which has served as the motivation for developing the chorus to become one of the world's greatest vocal music groups. The members of the chorus have greatly contributed to the field of vocal music in Korea.

The National Chorus of Korea has introduced a wealth of famous choral repertoire to Korea, such as Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" and "St. John Passion", along with a wide variety of repertoire, extending from the Renaissance to Contemporary Periods. The chorus has garnered many achievements within the choral art in Korea. The chorus has developed new Korean choral works that express distinct vocal and musical styles portraying many of the special characteristics of Korean culture, alongside interpretations of other various styles of music. Additionally, numerous achievements have been accomplished by the chorus, such as traveling and performing for provincial concerts, subscription concerts, special concerts, and opera. The chorus has been invited to Europe, the United States, Russia, China, and Japan, providing the chorus the opportunity to become more globalized through the experience of performing abroad. Currently, the chorus is being led by 10thArtisticdirector,YoonEuijoong



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