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Haeun Kim (cello) and Cheongbin Yu (piano) play Schubert, Debussy and Shaporin

Friday June 8, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for arpeggione and piano in A minor D 821 - Franz Schubert
  2. Sonata for cello and piano in D minor - Claude Debussy
  3. Scherzo, for piano Op 5a - Yuri Shaporin

Born in Seoul, South Korea and currently based in London, UK cellist Haeun Kim began playing the cello at the age of five. Haeun has made her debut as a soloist at the age of 12 with the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. In 2010, she went on to study at the Seoul Arts High School with cellist Mee-hye Ryo, during which time she has won national competitions in Korea and performed in major concert venues including Seoul Arts Centre, KBS Hall. In 2013, she was also invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s Cello concerto with the Uspensky Republic Special Academic Lyceum in Uzbekistan. In 2017, she has completed her Bachelor studies at the Royal College of Music under Professor Alexander Boyarsky supported by Peter and Sheila Bennett Scholarship. She is now continuing her Master studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Jo Cole as a Mary Stuart Harding scholarship holder. She has frequently participated in master classes with renowned musicians including Menaham Pressler, WennSin Yang, Robert Nagy, Kirill Rodin, Mario Brunello and Colin Carr. Haeun is an experienced chamber and orchestra player, during which time in London, she has been working with numerous maestros such as Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Steve Reich, Edward Gardner, Hakan Hardenberger, Jac van Steen and John Wilson and has played diverse genres from classical to contemporary era. She appeared as a principle cello at the RCM Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra and New perspectives Ensemble. She also participated to perform in Philharmonia Orchestra’s Stravinsky: Myth and Rituals series. She has been awarded a place on the English National Opera’s Evolve Scheme 16/17. She is a member of Sainsbury Royal Academy of Soloists, RAM. They will be going for a tour in UK and Japan in June.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Cheongbin Yu studied with Mijung Im at Seoul Arts High school. He completed his Bachelor's degree at Seoul National University in the class of Professor Heesung Joo then continued to study Piano Pedagogy at Hansei University. Since September 2017, he has been pursuing a Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London with a full scholarship, under the guidance of Professor Christopher Elton and Professor Joanna MacGregor. He has also participated in masterclasses with Boris Slutsky, James Giles, Pascal Devoyon and Colin Stone.

He has appeared as a soloist with Changwon Orchestra (Grieg), Gunpo Symphony Orchestra (Tchaikovsky No.1) and Chungju Symphony Orchestra (Prokofiev No 3), and has performed in venues such as Concert House In, Geochang Concert Hall, Seoul National University Concert Hall and Hansei University Concert Hall.

Cheongbin is a prize-winner of several major competitions in South Korea including first prizes in CBS, Chuncheon, Suri, and T&B Music Competitions. He most recently won first prize in the Royal Academy of Music Lilian David Prize for an outstanding performance of a Beethoven Sonata.

Since 2016, Cheongbin is a member of 'Piano Boulevard', an ensemble comprising of seven Korean pianists with its aim to promote classical music to the general public through performances of familiar classical pieces found in films. They have performed on several occasions at Lotte Department Store and gave a sold-out recital at Kumo Art Hall in 2016. Cheongbin's performance of Chopin's 'Black Keys' Etude from this concert attracted over a hundred thousand views online.

T&B Label has recently released an online album featuring Cheongbin's recordings of Ravel's La valse and Chopin's Nocturne in B flat minor Op 9 No 1 which can be found on most Korean music streaming websites (Melon, Bucks, Naver Music).

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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