Sunwook Kim: The Virtuoso

The UK is once again treated to a performance by the renowned and esteemed pianist Sunwook Kim Frant Church in Kent this Friday (25th January). Having won the prestigious LEEDS INTERNATIONAL piano competition in 2006 at the age of 18 he has gone on to establish himself as one of the world’s finest musicians and has performed around the globe with top conductors. He is no stranger to the UK having played at the prestigious Wigmore Hall and other venues.

This concert comes after recording his debut CD titled Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic with conductor Myung Whun Chung who has worked with many great orchestras around the world. The CD is due for release in June on Deutsch Grammophon.

The concert is also in aid of the conservation of Frant Church which is a beautiful grade 11 listed building in the heart of Frant village in Kent.

We were lucky to grab a few words with Sunwook in anticipation of this concert.

Mimi: What made you want to become a pianist?

SK: I’ve never ‘’wanted’’ to become a pianist. In the 80’s and 90’s, learning to play the piano was almost a norm among young children and I also started learning the piano as an extracurricular activity at the age of 3. I don’t think I ever set my goal to become pianist. I just enjoyed doing what I am good at and naturally became one.

Mimi: What motivates you to keep playing and performing?

SK: The addictive nature of being on the stage. I enjoy the tension on the stage and love communicating with the audience through music.

Mimi: Do you have any favourite pieces you love to perform?

SK: It is impossible to select only a few pieces as there are so many but I am always keen to play Austro-German composers from the classical/romantic period such as Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Schubert.

Mimi: What has been your favourite venue to play in?

SK: I have a fond memory of a few fantastic concert halls in the U.K. such as Wigmore Hall and Barbican in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Sage Gateshead in Newcastle.

Mimi: Do you have any goals or wishes you want to achieve in this New Year?

SK: My goal/wish has been the same every year. I aim to and want to perform at my best at every concert I have been invited to give.

Mimi: Do you have a message for your UK fans?

SK: I am grateful to have this opportunity to meet you all through this music and I hope to see you often at various art venues in the UK. I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2013.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see this talented pianist.

Tickets for the performance can be found at Frant Stores or by telephone from Paul Barber 01892 750665 or David Gragg 01892 750845.

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