Friday, June 4, 2010

Yesse Kim

Yesse, age 17, is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her Solo Recital can be heard at 8:25 a.m. on Saturday, June 5:

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Nocturne no. 13 in C minor, Opus 48, no. 1

FRANZ LISZT Two Études de concert no. 2, Searle 145
Gnomenreigen (“Dance of the Gnomes”)

SAMUEL BARBER Sonata, Opus 26
IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirito

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Sonata no. 2 in B-flat minor, Opus 35
I. Grave - Doppio movimento
II. Scherzo
III. Marche funèbre: Lento
IV. Finale: Presto


She will perform her Duo, Concerto, and Solo recital on Monday, June 7 at 12:30 pm:

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN Sonata in C major, Hoboken XVI: 48
I. Andante con espressione
II. Rondo (Presto)

JOHANNES BRAHMS Sonata for violin and piano no. 2 in A major, Opus 100
I. Allegro amabile

FELIX MENDELSSOHN Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Opus 25
1. Molto allegro con fuoco



In a recent interview, Yesse Kim described her personality through reflections by her friends: fun loving, yet disciplined; emotional yet serious. Yesse, herself, says that she is “rational yet spontaneous.” When asked what she would like the audience to hear in her music, she said, “…passion, enjoyment, and maturity.”

Reflecting her personality, Yesse’s performances have been enjoyed in Korea, China and many parts of the United States. Many were award-winning concerts. She was a recent winner in 2010 Dearborn Symphony Young Artists Auditions, performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto Piano no. 1 in G minor with the orchestra. Also in 2010, Yesse was a prizewinner in Chicago’s Sejong Piano Competition.

After moving from Korea to Michigan in 2006, Yesse was the winner in the Yamaha Music Teachers National Association in Michigan and the Michigan Music Teachers Association Concerto. She was also a prizewinner in the Kingsville International Piano Competition. She made her orchestral debut at the age of nine with the Daejeon Sangrok Orchestra in Korea and later performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004 and 2005, she traveled to China to perform as a part of the Korea-China Exchange Concert of Piano Prodigies.

In addition to performing wit the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Yesse was a featured soloist with the Ann Arbor and Birmingham-Bloomfield symphonies. Yesse began her piano studies and the age of six and is currently a student of Panayis Lyras, who teaches at Michigan State University.

When Yesse is not listening to and performing the piano, she listens to jazz and lots of cello pieces, especially those composed by Astor Piazzola, Peter Tchaikovsky and Serge Rachmaninoff.

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