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Biography

Pianist Min-Jung Kym

"Min-Jung is an exceptionally talented pianist, with a wonderfully controlled and even technique, combined with a highly sensitive approach to the music."

Ruggiero Ricci

 

 

Steinway Artist Min-Jung Kym has acquired an internationally recognised reputation performing with some of the leading orchestras and musicians and has enjoyed collaborations including with (amongst others) Barry Wordsworth, Alison Balsom, the Haffner Ensemble, Pierre Amoyal, Leon Bosch, Joy Farrall, Andrew Haveron, Sergey Levitin, Adrian Brendel, Thomas Carroll, Mats Lidstrom and the soprano Susan Bickley. Min-Jung was the ‘pianist of choice’ for the masterclasses of the legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci. 

 

A former Purcell School scholar, Min-Jung made her London solo concert debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall. She went on to study as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with the Eric Brough and Elsie Horne prizes. In 2004 Min-Jung was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London and elected a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Further recognition was given when Min-Jung was awarded the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an honour bestowed to alumni of the Royal Academy of Music, who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and have made significant contribution to it in their particular field. 

 

In 2008 Min-Jung was invited to perform with the world renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, which was received to such acclaim that she immediately booked for the following season.

 

Min-Jung has appeared internationally at many leading venues including the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St. John Smith's Square, De Montfort Hall, Brighton Dome, the Queen's Theatre, Abbaye de Fontfroide (France) the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), the Heifetz Society in Los Angeles, Cheltenham Festival, Holders Festival in Barbados, Broadwood International Festival, as well as the Chichester Festivities. Other engagements have included performances at the Emilie Bustani Hall in Al Bustan, Lebanon, the Salerno Opera House (Italy), the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Gran Canaria, Residence of the British Ambassador in Paris, Palais de Chaillot, Paris, UNESCO (Paris), The Princess Galyani Concert Hall in Thailand and the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea.

 

Min-Jung performs regularly with the co-concert master of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay, with whom she given many performances in festivals and music societies in the UK and abroad. This collaboration extends to a recent recording of the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time for the French label Psalmus due to be released in 2017.  Other highlights of the season include numerous engagements in festivals throughout the Languedoc Roussillon and Midi Pyrenees (France) as well as a tour of Greece with members of the Athens Symphony Orchestra. Further collaboration is also scheduled with the Philharmonia Orchestra. 

 

Min-Jung's performances have led to symbiotic collaborations with international designers, notably Zuhair Murad, Lie Sang Bong and Gustavo Lins who have all sponsored dresses for her.

 

Min-Jung is also a dedicated teacher and is regularly invited to give masterclasses and to serve on panels of competitions and awards.