The much-anticipated pianoforte recital by South Korean virtuoso Young-Choon Park will be held at the Aula Mgr G. Farrugia tomorrow evening at 8pm.
Presenting a programme of 3 major Sonatas by Haydn, Schubert, and Chopin, it cannot but be a treat for music lovers, and pianists, especially. The Sonatas being performed are: Haydn’s Sonata in B minor Hob.XV1:32, Schubert’s Sonata in A minor op. 42 D. 845, and Chopin’s Sonata no. 3 in B minor op.58. Those of us who were regaled with Gabriele Vianello’s performance last Thursday remember his dazzling rendering of Chopin’s Sonata no. 2 and we are extremely lucky to have yet another of Chopin’s 3 Sonatas performed in under a week.
Young-Choon Park hails from South Korea and since she began her pianoforte studies at the tender age of four she has never looked back. Suddeutsch Zeitung published the following about her: “seductive clarity without falling into dryness or pedantry – not only power, fire and passion but also proportion and form.” As a child prodigy, Young-Choon Park was admitted to the legendary Juilliard School, New York, from where she graduated with full honours. She has toured extensively, giving over fifty concerts yearly in Europe, South Africa and the United States of America, performing regularly in such venues as the Lincoln Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, de Doelen – Rotterdam, Musikverein – Vienna, and others. She is the recipient of numerous prizes of famous Competitions and participates regularly in Festivals all over the world. She has broadcast for radio and television in many countries and is currently recording the complete Mozart Piano Concertos for Duchesne World Records in Belgium. She has performed with leading orchestras, such as Halle State Philharmonic, Weiner Mozart, Sofia Philharmonic, Hungarian State Opera, and the Warsaw Sinfonia, amongst others. Leading music critic Arnhemse Courant has this to say about her: “Young-Choon Park – a name to remember.”