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Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 12:15 pm
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert
Siwoo Kim, Violin
Rachel Kudo, Piano
Romanian Folk Dances (5’)
Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 (19’)
I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegretto grazioso
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Violin Sonata in G minor, L. 140 (13’)
I. Allegro vivo
II. Intermède: fantasque et léger
III. Finale: très animé
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
Siwoo Kim is an “incisive” and “compelling” violinist (Zachary Woolfe, New York Times) who performs as soloist and chamber musician. Mr. Kim is the founding co-artistic director of VIVO Music Festival in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. He is the recipient of the 2012 King Award for Young Artists and has been prizewinner of the Corpus Christi, Chengdu, Hellam, Ima Hogg, Juilliard, Schadt, and WAMSO competitions.
As soloist, Mr. Kim made his New York concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut shortly after, and gave the world premiere performance of Samuel Adler’s only violin concerto. Next season, he will be recording the work in Berlin and making his South African debut with the KZN Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic, and the Johannesburg Symphony.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Kim has been a violinist for Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW and Marlboro Music Festival for the past several seasons. He also founded Quartet Senza Misura. They have taken their “whip-smart performances” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker) from Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center to South Korea, Spain and Venezuela. He has shared the stage with Itzhak Perlman, Joyce DiDonato, Jeremy Denk, Kim Kashkashian, Stefan Jackiw, Richard O’Neill, and Anna Polonsky.
Mr. Kim studied with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago. He went on to receive both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied under Robert Mann, Donald Weilerstein and Ronald Copes.
Winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award, pianist Rachel Kudo made her orchestral debut at age sixteen performing with the Fort Worth and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Other performances include at Chopin's birth house "Zelazowa Wola," the Royal Castle in Poland, Salle Cortot in Paris, Musikverein in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, Strathmore Mansion in Washington D.C., Tivoli International Festival in Denmark, Bergen International Festival in Norway, Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and New York’s Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.
Ms. Kudo is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she received the Chopin Prize, Arthur Rubinstein Prize, Juilliard/Sanders/Tel Aviv Museum Recital Prize, Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship, and was two-time winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. She has been invited to Carnegie Hall's Professional Training Workshops on two occasions, working with pianists Emanuel Ax and Sir Andras Schiff.
Born in Washington D.C. to Japanese-Korean parents, Ms. Kudo began studying piano at age four with Emilio del Rosario. She currently works with Leon Fleisher, and has studied with Kum-Sing Lee, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Joseph Kalichstein, Richard Goode, and Gilbert Kalish.