Annual Gift Concert
Wednesday, November 6, 2020 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
SCHUMANN: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A minor, Op.105
SIBELIUS: Selections from 6 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 79
SZYMANOWSKI: Nocturne & Tarantella for Violin and Piano, Op. 28
PROKOFIEV: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94bis
WAXMAN: Carmen Fantasy
DVOŘÁK: Songs My Mother Taught Me
The Gift Concert is made possible through the generous support of George and Camilla Smith
About This Performance
Bomsori Kim is regarded as one of today’s most vibrant and exciting instrumentalists. Winner of the 62nd ARD International Music Competition, Bomsori’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, Bomsori is committed to sharing passionate, personal, and refreshing performances of classical violin repertoire with a global audience.
In the 2019-20 season, Bomsori Kim makes her Nashville Symphony debut, performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero, and her Lexington Philharmonic debut with Keitaro Harado in Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. She also joins the Wrocław Philharmonic on tour as soloist in Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto. As a recitalist, Kim 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, Toronto and Waterloo. Internationally, Kim gives recitals at the Rheingau Musik Festival in Germany, Heidelberger Fruehling Festival in Lucerne, and Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland. She also appears with the Luzern and KBS Symphony Orchestras, NDR Radiopihilharmonie, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to winning the 62nd ARD International Music Competition, Kim has won prizes at the Tchaikovsky International Competition, Queen Elisabeth Competition, International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, Montreal International Musical Competition, and Sendai International Music Competition. Kim won Second Prize, Critic’s Prize, and nine additional special prizes at the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.
Kim has appeared as soloist at numerous venues worldwide, including David Geffen Hall in New York, Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Slovak Radio Concert Hall in Bratislava, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Berlin Konzerthaus, Smetana Hall in Prague, and Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall. She has had the privilege of performing under the direction of such renowned conductors as Jaap van Zweden, Marin Alsop, Andrey Boreyko, Pablo Heras Casado, Lukasz Borowicz, John Storgards, Yuri Simonov, and Pascal Verrot, with numerous leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and Munich Radio Orchestra, among others.
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 debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec. 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. Chamber performances include San Francisco Performances and Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach with violinist Bomsori Kim, Parlance Chamber Concerts with violinists Paul Huang and Danbi Um, and Orange County and Santa Rosa with the Sibelius Trio. 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’s most recent recording with cellist Inbal Segev features cello sonatas by Chopin and Grieg, and Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, hallmarks of the Romantic repertoire. Plateaux, his debut recording on Dacapo Records, featured works by late Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. Pohjonen joins violinist Petteri Iivonen and cellist Samuli Peltonen to form the Sibelius Trio, who released a recording of works by Sibelius and Saariaho on Yarlung Records in honor of Finland’s 1917 centennial of independence, described by Stereophile as “a gorgeous debut.”
Pohjonen began his piano studies 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. 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.