Friday, June 4, 2010

Andrew B. Kim

Andrew, age 20, is from Los Angeles, California. His Solo Recital will be performed at 4:35 p.m. on Saturday, June 5:

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Nocturne no. 17 in B major, Opus 62, no. 1

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Étude no. 1 in C major, Opus 10, no. 1

SAMUEL BARBER Souvenirs, Opus 28
I. Waltz (“The lobby”)
III. Pas de Deux
(“A corner of the ballroom”)

FRANZ LISZT Aprés une Lecture de Dante:
Fantasia quasi sonata, S. 161


Andrew's second performance of a Duo, Concerto, and Solo, can be seen on Monday, June 7 at 3:50 pm:

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH/Busoni Transcription of Chaconne for solo violin from
Partita no. 2 in D minor, KiV B24

FRANZ SCHUBERT Sonatina no. 2 for violin and piano in A minor,
Deutsch 385, (Opus posthumous 137, no. 2)
I. Allegro moderato

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Concerto no. 2 in B–flat major, Opus 19
I. Allegro con brio



Listening to recordings of mezzo-soprano, Dame Janet Baker; cellist, Jacqueline du Pre; and violinist, Gidon Kremer inspired Andrew Kim to pursue a career as a concert pianist. When he was three years old, he began piano lessons. (Then he did not enjoy practicing.) As he matured and listened to performances by great artists, he discovered that music was a permanent part of his life.

Andrew says that painters, such as Marc Chagall, have also helped him to understand the beauty in a work of art. Through his piano performance, Andrew strives to create a work of art that is much like the painting The Taking of Christ by the Italian Baroque master, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Andrews illuminates his thoughts by saying that the painting shows great technical facility, without showing off, and has an emotional, philosophical, intellectual, and religious depth.

In addition to music in the piano repertory, Andrew enjoys the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, symphonies by Gustav Mahler, César Franck, Carl Nielson, and Serge Prokofiev, as well as Kindertotenlieder and Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen by Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht, and string quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich.

What would Andrew like the audience to hear in his music? He responds, “The emotional depth, intelligence, and the cleanliness of my performance.” Andrew won the Sophia Guzik Foundation Scholarship Award at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he studies with Vitaly Margulis.

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