LG Center to present solo works of Beethoven, Bach
By Do Je-hae
The LG Arts center will feature two renowned Korean artists ― pianist Kim Sun-wook and cellist Yang Sung-won ― in a series of solo recitals of Beethoven's piano sonatas and Bach's suites for unaccompanied cello.
Kim, 24, is developing as a serious interpreter of Beethoven since he embarked on a two-year recital series to perform all of the German composer’s sonatas in chronological order, starting February 2012.
He performed the earlier sonatas Nos. 1 through 16 last year in four recitals, and will play the remainder this year in four recitals, starting April 13. His final concert on Nov. 21 will feature Beethoven’s final three sonatas.
The London-based artist sets himself apart from other Korean pianists of similar status, such as Son Yeol-eum, by focusing on Austro-German composers and studying conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Kim first came under the international spotlight when he won the Leeds Competition in 2006, becoming not only the competition’s youngest winner in 40 years, but also its first Asian winner.
His first recording for Deutsche Grammophon of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "The Emperor" will be released next month. On the recording, Kim is partnered by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) under the direction of Chung Myung-whun.
The recording was made during their live performance at the Seoul Arts Center in January.
Bach's cello suites
Renowned cellist Yang will play all of Bach's "Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello" on April 12 in a three-hour concert.
Written during the period from 1717 until 1723, the suites are the most renowned solo compositions written for the instrument.
The suites have been transcribed for numerous instruments, including the violin, viola and piano.
A former pupil of legendary cellist Janos Starker, Yang performs worldwide and teaches at the Yonsei University School of Music in Seoul. He previously served as a visiting professor in residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2011-2012.
His all-Kodaly album was chosen as a “Critic’s Choice of the year” by Gramophone magazine in 2003. He recorded Bach's suites for EMI in 2005.
For more information, call 02-2005-0114 or visit www.lgart.com.