Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Yoonah Kim, Clarinet Kevin Ahfat, Piano Pièce en forme de Habanera (3’) Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937) arr. Gaston Hamelin (1884 – 1951) Clarinet Sonata, FP
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Yoonah Kim, Clarinet
Kevin Ahfat, Piano
Pièce en forme de Habanera (3’)
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
arr. Gaston Hamelin (1884 – 1951)
Clarinet Sonata, FP 184 (15’)
I. Allegro tristamente
III. Allegro con fuoco
Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963)
Clarinet Sonata No. 2, Op. 120 No. 2 (19’)
I. Allegro amabile
II. Allegro appassionato
III. Andante con moto; Allegro
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Rapidly earning recognition as a young artist of uncommon musical depth and versatility, clarinetist Yoonah Kim is a winner of the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The first solo clarinetist to win CAG in nearly 30 years, this Korean-Canadian artist joins the ranks of prominent solo clarinetists discovered by CAG, including David Shifrin, Michael Collins, and David Krakauer.
2017-18 solo performances include Ms. Kim’s New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on the CAG New York Series, as well as debut recitals for Washington Performing Arts’ Music in the Country series, Chamber Music Society of Little Rock and Union County Performing Arts Center (NJ). In 2016, she became the first woman to win first prize at the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, leading to her world premiere performance of Pocket Concerto by American composer Dag Gabrielsen. From fall 2016 through spring 2018, Ms. Kim is a member of Ensemble Connect, a highly selective fellowship program under the joint auspices of Carnegie Hall, The Weill Institute, and The Juilliard School. With Ensemble Connect, she performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, often collaborating with renowned conductors and guest artists, including a recent Zankel Hall performance conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and a December 2016 concert in France at the Philharmonie de Paris, featuring soprano Natalie Dessay. Also an active chamber musician, she has appeared at chamber music festivals, including Chautauqua, Sarasota Music Festival, and The Banff Centre Music Festival.
Through her extensive educational outreach work with Ensemble Connect, she serves as an education ambassador for Carnegie Hall at New York City schools. She is also currently on the faculty of New York School of Music and Art and maintains a small private studio in New York City. Born in Seoul and raised in British Columbia, Ms. Kim holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music at The New School, where she studied clarinet under Charles Neidich.
As a pianist that “leaves no question about his riveting presentation and technical finesse” (Seattle Times), Canadian-born pianist Kevin Ahfat has been described as “poised to become one of the young heirs of the classical piano realm, with a bold, boundary-pushing, millennial style matched by refined execution” (Vanguard Seattle).
Highlights of recent seasons include a return to the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall for its first-ever Shostakovich Concerto Festival, a two-evening celebration of all six of Dmitri Shostakovich’s piano, violin, and cello concertos with violinist Aleksey Semenenko and cellist Edgar Moreau. Other highlights include a partnership with Richard Alston & Juilliard Dance in their recreation of Alston’s Sheer Bravado (2006), set to Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra, as well as giving the inaugural masterclass & recital for the Las Vegas Masterclass Series at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This winter, he is thrilled to give the North American Premiere of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Third Cello Sonata (1919, unfinished), recently published by Bärenreiter-Verlag, with his longtime artistic collaborator, cellist Juliette Herlin. Currently, Mr. Ahfat continues his studies at The Juilliard School in New York under the tutelage of Mr. Joseph Kalichstein and Mr. Stephen Hough.
(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST