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HyunJeong Hwang (piano) plays Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Gubaidulina

Friday March 15, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for Piano No 7 in D Op 10 No 3 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  2. Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor Op 36 - Sergey Rachmaninov
  3. Chaconne - Sofia Gubaidulina

HyunJeong Hwang is a keen pianist with a passion for performing her classical and romantic repertoire. She won various competitions in South Korea with her virtuosic works at the age of 17. When she moved to London, she extended her interest to include such as French and contemporary music, devoting her time to performing, studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Born in Gwang-ju, South Korea, HyunJeong Hwang started playing the piano at the age of 4. Winning a competition at the age of 14 gave her that confidence to decide to be a pianist, and her first step to being a musician was to choose to study at the SunHwa Arts High School. She was keen to explore her repertoire with any opportunity to perform and took part in competitions, winning many competitions with the encouragement of her piano teacher, HaeYoung Cheon.

She continued to win competitions in her 20s while she studied at Sungshin University College of Music with GyeHwa Kim, who helped her to develop her musicality, and advised her to apply for undergraduate studies abroad. In 2011, she was accepted by Royal Academy of Music.
In London she has studied with Daniel-Ben Pienaar and Colin Stone. She has had masterclass with Oritz Wolf, Kathryn Stott and coaching from visiting professors Pascal Devoyon, Stephen Hough, Imogen Cooper, and Yevgeny Sudbin.

Further competition successes are : she was highly commended in her first year for playing Beethoven Sonata Op.10-3, No.7 in the Lilian Davis Competition. She also won 4th prize in the Osaka International Competition playing the Rachmaninoff second sonata. More recently, she won 2nd prize in Lazar Berman Competition in Italy. Other activities include performing her first UK recital at St.Paul's Church, concerts in the Academy's David Josefowitz Recital Hall, and two charity concerts for the Lounge of Jawa group. In December 2013, she made her full debut recital in Korea in Seoul's Mozart Hall performing Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Debussy, and Kapustin. More recently, she offered to be an official accompanist at the Grand Virtuoso Prize in London for the winner concert at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall. Her performances in international festivals include the Amalfi festival in Italy, Gabala Music Festival in Azerbaijan, Puigcerda Festival in Spain. Since 2013, she annually has attend the Puigcerda Festival and performed Beethoven’s fourth concerto in 2016 with the Puigcerda orchestra.

HyunJeong Hwang is also exploring chamber music with a piano trio formed with other Academy students. She is finding the chamber music repertoire a new and challenging area to study and is also developing an interest in concert project. A project inspired by her interest, national background, and the historical events, by programming and performing the repertoire which composed by uprising events. She is studying on MMus for developing her concert project in postgraduate and expecting to graduate in September this year at the Royal Academy of Music.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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