Wednesday, October 17, 2019
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San Francisco Performances Presents
Bomsori Kim, violin
Juho Pohjonen, piano
Annual Gift Concert

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:30pm | $45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—October 17, 2019—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents the young South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim, with Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:30pm at the Herbst Theatre. This is the SFP debut of Kim and the third appearance of Pohjonen. He previously appeared in 2008 and 2011. SFP’s annual Gift Concert for subscribers and donors is made possible through the generous support of George and Camilla Smith and is now open to the general public to purchase tickets for $45.

Bomsori Kim is regarded as one of today’s most vibrant and exciting instrumentalists. Winner of the 62nd ARD International Music Competition, Kim’s exceptional talent and the poise of her musicianship have been recognized by many of the world’s finest orchestras and eminent conductors. A rising star on the international concert stage, Kim is committed to sharing passionate, personal and refreshing performances of classical violin repertoire with a global audience.

In the 2019–20 season, Kim debuts with the Nashville Symphony, performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero. With Guerrero, she joins the Wrocław Philharmonic as soloist in a multi-city tour of California, performing the Szymanowski Violin Concerto. Additional orchestral debuts include the Lexington Philharmonic led by Keitaro Harada in a performance of Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. As a recitalist, she is presented by Rockport Music, University of Maine, National Gallery of Art, and the Carlsen Center. She collaborates with pianist Juho Pohjonen in recitals presented by the Society of the Four Arts and San Francisco Performances and joins pianist Rafał Blechacz for recitals in New York City, Costa Mesa, CA, Toronto and Waterloo. Internationally, she gives recitals at the Rheingau Musik Festival and Heidelberger Fruehling in Germany and Lucerne and Gstaad Menuhin Festivals in Switzerland. International orchestral engagements are with the Luzern and KBS Symphony Orchestras, NDR Radiopihilharmonie, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

The 2018–19 season featured Kim’s New York Philharmonic debut, playing the US Premiere of Tan Dun's Violin Concerto, Fire Ritual, “with fierce dramatic commitment.” (New York Times) Additional US debuts included Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and recitals at the Maestro Foundation and La Jolla Music Society’s Discovery Series. International collaborations were with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Tonkuenstler Orchestra Vienna, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and a tour with the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra to Berlin, Milan and Prague.

In 2017, Warner Classics released Bomsori’s debut album with maestro Jacek Kaspszyk and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. BBC Music Magazine praised Bomsori’s “centered tone and a strong rhythmic thrust,” and The Strad Magazine opined “I can’t remember when I last enjoyed this concerto so much.” In 2019, Kim and pianist Rafał Blechacz released a disc of French and Polish music on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Featuring works by Fauré, Debussy, Chopin and Szymanowski, “this well-constructed programme perfectly showcases the strengths of both players, who command brilliant virtuosity, impeccable musicianship and a compelling vision.” (Music Web International)

A native of South Korea, Kim is a graduate of Seoul National University, where she studied with Young Uck Kim. She earned her Master of Music at The Juilliard School, as a student of Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. With the support of Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, she currently plays on a 1774 violin by Joannes Baptista Guadagnini.

Juho Pohjonen is regarded as one of today’s most exciting instrumentalists. The Finnish pianist performs widely in Europe, Asia, and North America. An ardent exponent of Scandinavian music, Pohjonen has a growing discography which offers a showcase of compositions by such compatriots as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho.

In the 2019–20 season, Pohjonen makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut. Additional highlights include debuts with the New Jersey Symphony performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto conducted by Markus Stenz; with the Rochester Philharmonic performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Fabien Gabel; and with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with Jean-Claude Picard. Pohjonen makes recital debuts at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Steinway Society of the Bay Area and returns to give recitals in Howland, NY and New York City. Pohjonen’s chamber performance takes him to San Francisco Performances and Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach with violinist Bomsori Kim, to Parlance Chamber Concerts with violinists Paul Huang and Danbi Um, and to Orange County and Santa Rosa, CA, with the Sibelius Trio. An alumnus of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), Pohjonen enjoys an ongoing association with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with whom he collaborates this season in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Chicago’s Harris Theater.

Pohjonen began his piano studies in 1989 at the Junior Academy of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree from Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy in 2008. Pohjonen has participated in the master classes of distinguished pianists Sir András Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Jacob Lateiner, and Barry Douglas. Pohjonen was selected by Schiff as the winner of the 2009 Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship, and has won prizes at international and Finnish competitions, including first prize at the 2004 Nordic Piano Competition in Nyborg, Denmark; first prize at the 2000 International Young Artists Concerto Competition in Stockholm; a prize at the 2002 Helsinki International Maj Lind Piano Competition; and the Prokofiev Prize at the 2003 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
SCHUMANN: Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105
SIBELIUS: Six Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op.79
SZYMANOWSKI: Nocturne & Tarantella for Violin & Piano, Op. 28
PROKOFIEV: Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 b
WAXMAN: Carmen Fantasy

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Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at or by calling 415.392.2545. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as available including 50% off student rush tickets and 20% off senior rush tickets.

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San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

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Bomsori Kim, violin
Juho Pohjonen, piano
WHEN: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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