Music Network presents Clara-Jumi Kang & Sunwook Kim
Virtuosic violinist Clara-Jumi Kang and phenomenal pianist Sunwook Kim, leading lights of the classical music world, collaborate on their first Irish Tour from 5 –10 October, performing in Dublin, Waterford, Sligo, Thomastown and Listowel.
Music Network presents two outstanding classical musicians whose celebrated partnership has received widespread acclaim and sees them regularly perform in prestigious venues around the globe. On tour from 5 – 10 October, their concerts take place in Dublin, Waterford, Sligo, Thomastown and Listowel.
For full tour details and to book tickets, visit: www.musicnetwork.ie.
The extraordinary duo showcase their superb musicianship in a programme of violin sonatas from the Romantic to the present day: Beethoven, Respighi, Franck, and an exciting new Music Network commission entitled Duo by Irish composer John Buckley. John Buckley will share the inspiration behind Duo by presenting a Composer Insight Session during the Kilkenny concert on 9th October.
The duo's exquisite sense of phrasing is garnering top laurels over the last decade—the Indianapolis, Seoul and Sendai International Competitions for Kang, Ettlingen, Clara Haskil, and Leeds for Kim, and synchronised sensitivity are requisite ingredients for the violin sonata’s highly intimate format. The 2021-22 season saw them release the complete Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle on Accentus, which prompted Fanfare Magazine to state “If you’re looking for a set of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano that is well-nigh ideal, this one by Clara-Jumi Kang and Sunwook Kim is it”.
Clara-Jumi Kang has carved an international career performing with the leading orchestras and conductors across Asia and Europe. Having made her concerto debut at the age of five with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Kang has performed with orchestras including Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Warsaw Philharmonic, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Mariinsky Orchestra with conductors such as Gergiev, Bringuier, Fedoseyev, Boreyko, Poppen, Spivakov, Temirkanov Lü Jia, Chung and Yamada. She has appeared as a soloist in the USA with the Atlanta, New Jersey, Indianapolis and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras.
A dedicated chamber musician, she is a member of the Spectrum Concerts series at the Berlin Philharmonie and a regular visitor to festivals across Asia and Europe, with recent highlights including the Pyeongchang, Hong Kong, Ishikawa and Marvao Chamber Music Festivals.
Sunwook Kim has established a reputation as one of the finest pianists of his generation, appearing as a concerto soloist in the subscription series of some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskappele Dresden, Chicago Symphony and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut in Summer 2014.
Conductor collaborations include such stellar names as Canellakis, Stutzmann, Harding, Jarvi, Gardiner and Ashkenazy. Recital highlights include regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall (London International Piano Series), Piano aux Jacobin Festival, AIX Festival, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Hall Osaka and Seoul Arts Centre. Kim has released multiple acclaimed solos and concerto recordings on Accentus Music and Deutsche Grammophon, attracting impressive reviews and awards from BBC Music Magazine and International Classical Music Awards.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1
Ottorino Respighi: Sonata for Violin and Piano
John Buckley: Duo (New Music Network commission)
César Franck: Violin Sonata in A major
Wednesday 5 Oct - 7.30 pm St. Ann's Church, Dublin 2, | €25 / €15 | 01 4750224 | www.musicnetwork.ie promoted by Music Network
Thursday 6 Oct - 7.30 pm The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford | €5 – €17 | www.waterford-music.org
Friday 7 Oct - 8 pm The Model, Sligo | Adult €20 / Student €10 | https://www.themodel.ie | promoted by Con Brio
Sunday 9 Oct - 4 pm Thomastown Concert Hall, Thomastown, https://www.musicinkilkenny.org/ promoted by Music in Kilkenny
Monday 10 Oct - 8 pm St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel, | €15 | 068 22566 | www.stjohnstheatre.com