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Kevin Suherman (piano) and Ye Jin Choi (cello) play Bach, Brahms and Debussy

Monday November 19, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Chaconne, from Partita No 2 in D minor BWV 1004 - Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Ferruccio Busoni
  2. 6 Klavierstücke Op 118 - Johannes Brahms
    • Intermezzo in A
    • Ballade in G minor
    • Romanze in F
  3. Sonata for cello and piano in D minor - Claude Debussy

Indonesian-born pianist Kevin Suherman has appeared nationally and internationally since the age of 10, when he was first awarded the Indonesian National Records Award (MURI), for performing 50 classical, pop and jazz pieces, for 3 hours non-stop and all memorised.

Kevin started learning the piano at the age of 6, with Mr. Stephen Sulungan in Bandung, Indonesia. Apart from classical music, he also studied jazz with Mr. Bambang Nugroho. In 2008, he was accepted into Melbourne Grammar School with a full scholarship, and he graduated in 2012 after being the music captain and also a school prefect. He also played the violin as a second instrument and was the concertmaster of the school orchestra. He won the school’s honorary medal for his service to music, and also won the school’s best-conductor award.

In 2017, Kevin was accepted with a scholarship into the Royal Academy of Music in London, and currently he is studying his Masters there under the guidance of renowned pianist, Professor Joanna MacGregor OBE. Kevin also holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, having won numerous prizes and scholarships, and also having graduated as the Valedictorian of the Year. Throughout his time as a student in Australia, Kevin studied the piano with Professor Max Cooke OAM.

Kevin has also competed in International Piano Competitions, finishing as a semi-finalist in the 14th International Ettlingen Youth Piano Competition in Germany, and also in the 60th International Busoni Piano Competition in Italy. In Australia, Kevin won the national first prize from the 2013 Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, the 2013 Royal South Street Chopin Competition, the 2014 Vera Bradford Concerto Competition, and also the winner of the Elisabeth Murdoch Prize from the 2016 Melbourne Recital Centre Great Romantics Competition. Kevin is also the winner of the 2017 Wilfrid Parry Prize, the 2018 Delius Prize, the Else Cross Contemporary Piano Prize, and the Isaacs & Pirani Piano Trio Prize, at the Royal Academy of Music.

At the age of 11, Kevin performed his first overseas concert at Singapore’s Esplanade Recital Studio, and subsequently he has performed in Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Bali, Medan, Tokyo, Paris, Beijing, Nan Jing, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne. He also held a charity concert for the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake victims, which was featured on Indonesian national TV. As an artist of Schimmel Pianos (Germany), Kevin has made 3 solo piano albums in Melbourne, with his third CD highlighting Chopin’s 24 Preludes.

Since the age of 12, Kevin has performed a wide range of piano concertos such as concertos by Chopin, Beethoven, Khachaturian, Dohnanyi, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff. He has performed with the Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra conducted by Dr. Stephen Tong, the Yogyakarta Symphony Orchestra conducted by André de Quadros, and with the Melbourne Grammar School Symphony Orchestra. In the past, Kevin has been to Europe for further studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Rolf Plagge in Salzburg, Andrea Bonatta in Italy, and Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna. In addition to pursuing a career as a concert pianist, Kevin is also passionate in jazz, conducting, and teaching.

Cellist Ye Jin Choi started the cello at the age of 7 studying with Hana Kocí at the Jan Neruda Music Grammar School alongside Vladan Kocí at the Prague Conservatory. Only a year later, she received 3rd place in the International Cello Competition in Liezen, Austria. Since then, she has competed and won numerous national competitions, including being awarded the Absolute Winner in the Czech National Strings Competition (Celostátní Souteže ZUŠ CR) in 2011, alongside being named on the Commemorative List by the Deputy Mayor of Prague. Additionally, she has been a member of the jury for the Jan Vychytil Cello Competition.

Most recently, she was awarded First Prize in the Delius Prize competition held at the Royal Academy of Music, supported by the Delius Society. Furthermore, her piano trio ensemble won the Isaacs and Pirani Piano Trio Prize also held at the Academy.

Earlier this year, Ye Jin performed in the Duke’s Hall at the Academy for a masterclass with renowned cellist, Mischa Maisky. She has also performed at The Arts Club in London, as a semi-finalist for the Sir Karl Jenkins Award. She was the winner of the David Martin/Florence Hooton Concerto Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor. Ye Jin previously won the Wilfrid Parry Prize at the Academy, for the performance of a Brahms’ sonata for piano and strings.

Ye Jin was the principal cellist of the Royal Academy Opera Orchestra, in the Academy’s production of Jonathan Dove’s Flight, for the opening of the Susie Sainsbury Theatre. Additionally, she has appeared as part of the Academy’s Manson Ensemble, performing works of Harrison Birtwistle. She is also a member of the London Young Sinfonia, which most recently performed as part of the St. Marylebone Festival.

Ye Jin has performed in various concert venues, including the Martinu Hall at the Music Academy of Prague, and the Suk Hall at Rudolfinum, in Prague, Czech Republic. She has also performed in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, along with the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Additionally, Ye Jin has participated in several music festivals, such as the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea, alongside Juilliard’s one-week intensive chamber music festival, Chamberfest.

Ye Jin is currently in her Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Christoph Richter. She previously studied with Timothy Eddy during her studies at The Juilliard School, where she obtained her degree in Bachelor of Music.

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