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MunJeong Kim (violin) and Kumi Matsuo (piano) play Beethoven, Ysaÿe and Liszt

Friday July 19, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for Violin and Piano No 6 in A Op 30 No 1 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  2. 1st movement: Obsession, from Sonata for solo violin No 2 in A minor Op 27 No 2 - Eugène Ysaÿe
  3. Etude No 6 in A minor, from Grandes études de Paganini S 141 - Franz Liszt
  4. Carmen Fantasy, for violin and piano - Alexander Rosenblatt

Korean Violinist MunJeong Kim won first prize in Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition and performed in Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome as a prize winner in December 2017. MunJeong recently graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Masters with Distinction, after successfully receiving her Bachelor of Music (Hons) there. When she was 12, she won a place to The Purcell School of Music in the UK and was a holder of a scholarship given by the government’s music and dance scheme where she studied with Nathaniel Vallios and Evgeny Grach. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras, as a chamber musician and as an orchestral player around the UK in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Buckingham Palace.

At 14, she played Bruch Scottish Fantasy with Wantage Orchestra and at 15 she played Dvorak's violin concerto with the Whitehall orchestra.

MunJeong participated in the Academia International music festival, in Solsona, Spain involving teachers such as Sergey Ostrovsky, Andriy Viytovych and Gustav Rivinius. MunJeong also was given masterclasses from Rivka Golani and Krzysztof Smietana at the New Virtuosi music course. She was a semi- finalist in Padova competition in Italy in 2015, third prize in YMCA compeition and first prize in US music competition.

Whilst at the RCM MunJeong has undertaken masterclasses with Marc Danel, Ani Schnarch, Magnus Ericcson and Alina Ibragimova. She also had the opportunities to have coachings with Lukas Hagen, Rainer Schmidt and Herald Herzl in Mozarteum university of Salzburg, Austria.

MunJeong’s most recent achievement is participated in Keshet Eilon Mastercourse in Israel, performed as a soloist in Bar-Uryan Concert Hall in the festival and had masterclass with Hagai Shaham and attained mentorships from internationally renowned musicians such as Paul Rozeck, Ilya Kayler and Chaim Taub.

Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2013, she has also won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan in 2006, Third Prize at the 22nd Ferrol International Piano Competition in 2008 and First Prize at the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in 2012.

Kumi graduated from the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2007 she moved to London for her further study at the Royal College of Music where she gained an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance. Her study was supported by the Charles Napper Award, the Russell Gander Award and the Rohm Music Foundation.

In 2008 Kumi won RCM concerto competition and gave her London debut playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for left hand, in Cadogan Hall with RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark. In 2009 she performed Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No 1 with RCM Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski at the Queen Elisabeth Hall. She also performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3 with RCM Symphony Orchestra under Martin André at the Royal College of Music. In 2014 she gave her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall.

Kumi has played solo and chamber music in UK, USA, France, Holland, Poland, Romania, India and Japan and performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Banatul Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Constanza Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She has recently finished the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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