- Rafał Blechacz,
- Bomsori Kim
The Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz and the South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim have come together as a duo to perform works by Mozart, Debussy, Fauré and Szymanowski.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonate für Klavier und Violine F-Dur KV 376 (374 d)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonate für Klavier und Violine C-Dur KV 296
Claude Debussy: Sonate für Violine und Klavier g-Moll (1916/17)
Gabriel Fauré: Sonate für Violine und Klavier Nr. 1 A-Dur op. 13 (1875/76)
Karol Szymanowski: Sonate d-Moll für Violine und Klavier op. 9 (1904)
Rafał Blechacz, Piano
Rafał Blechacz is the winner of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in 2014 – an award given every four years to a distinguished, extraordinary concert pianist regardless of age or nationality. He is recognized as his generation’s greatest performer of...
Rafał Blechacz is the winner of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in 2014 – an award given every four years to a distinguished, extraordinary concert pianist regardless of age or nationality. He is recognized as his generation’s greatest performer of Chopin’s works. In October 2005, uncontested, Blechacz won all prizes of the prestigious 15th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition. The young Polish pianist has since then established himself firmly on the international concert scene, and is celebrated by both the audience and the press worldwide for his profound and virtuosic interpretations.
Blechacz has performed with renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell 'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He gives recitals in the world’s major concert halls including Philharmonie Berlin, Salle Pleyel in Paris, London's Wigmore Hall, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, La Scala Milan, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tonhalle in Zurich, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Suntory Hall Tokyo and New York's Avery Fisher Hall.
Since returning on stage following his sabbatical period in 2016, when he completed his Ph.D. thesis in philosophy of music, Blechacz has performed with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Minnesota Orchestra, been on tour with Camerata Salzburg and Kammerorchester Basel under the baton of Trevor Pinnock, and gave recitals in Berlin’s Philharmonie, Prinzregententheater Munich, Cité de la musique Paris, Tisch Center Ney York, amongst others. Highlights of his 17/18 season include a tour in Germany and the UK with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as well as recitals in Japan, Korea and Taiwan in autumn, then in New York, Boston, Atlanta and Vancouver in spring.
Rafał Blechacz is an exclusive recording artist of Deutsche Grammophon. His debut CD of Chopin Preludes won the Platinum Record status in his native Poland, as well as a German Echo Klassik and French Diapason D’or award. His CD of both Chopin concerti with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of Jerzy Semkow was awarded the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. In 2012, his recording of works by Debussy and Szymanowski was released and awarded "Recording of the Month" by Gramophone magazine and "Solo Recording of the Year” by Echo Klassik. These are followed by the acclaimed release of his fifth album of Chopin Polonaises in 2013, and the most recent solo CD of works by J.S Bach in 2017.
Born in 1985, Blechacz began his studies aged five continuing his piano education in the Artur Rubinstein State School of Music in Bydgoszcz. In 2007, he graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, the piano class of Professor Katarzyna Popowa- Zydroń. In 2010, he received the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Italy), awarded annually by an international jury of music critics to young musicians for their outstanding artistic achievements.
Bomsori Kim, Violin
Winner of the 62nd ARD International Music Competition, BOMSORI Kim has established herself as part of an emerging generation of internationally recognized violinists. BOMSORI began gaining attention in 2010 as the youngest prizewinner of the...
Winner of the 62nd ARD International Music Competition, BOMSORI Kim has established herself as part of an emerging generation of internationally recognized violinists.
BOMSORI began gaining attention in 2010 as the youngest prizewinner of the 4th Sendai International Music Competition, which led to an internationally acclaimed concert debut in 2010. More recent accolades include Second Prize and Radio-Canada’s People’s Choice Award in the 2016 Montreal International Musical Competition.
This came on the heels of her astonishing success at the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, which included winning both Second Prize and Critic’s Prize, as well as an nine additional special prizes. Other prize wins of note include the 15th Tchaikovsky International Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the 10th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, the 3rd China International Violin Competition, and the 8th Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, and the Juilliard School’s annual Concerto Competition.
As a soloist, BOMSORI has appeared at numerous venues worldwide, such as Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Slovak Radio Concert Hall in Bratislava, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the Herkulessaal and the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall, Smetana Hall in Prague, and Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall.
BOMSORI has had the privilege of performing under the direction of multiple conductors, including Andrey Boreyko, Jacek Kaspszyk, Lukasz Borowicz, Marin Alsop, Hannu Lintu, Xincao Li, Sakari Oramo, John Storgards, Yuri Simonov, Valentin Uryupin, Pascal Verrot, Giancarlo Guerrero, Hunjeong Lim, Julian Kovatchev, Xincao Li, Yoel Levi, Hu Kun, Antonio Mendez, with numerous leading orchestras, such as Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie of Hannover, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Walloon, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Kobe City Chamber Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Buchon Philharmonic Orchestra, Daegu Symphony Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, and Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others.
A native of South Korea, BOMSORI received is a graduate of Seoul National University, where she studied with Young Uck Kim. She also earned her Master of Music Degree at The Juilliard School, where she is currently pursuing her Artist Diploma, as a full-scholarship student of Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. With the support of Kumho Asiana Instrument Bank, she currently plays on a 1774 violin by Joannes Baptista Guadagnini.