HONEST BROOK MUSIC FESTIVAL WINTER 2018 SERIES
JANUARY 28, 4 P.M. – YOONAH KIM, CLARINET, and KEVIN AHFAT, PIANO.
Rapidly earning recognition as a young artist of uncommon musical depth and versatility, clarinetist Yoonah Kim is a winner of the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The first solo clarinetist to win CAG in nearly 30 years, this Korean-Canadian artist joins the ranks of prominent solo clarinetists discovered by CAG. Her 2017-18 solo performances include a New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on the CAG New York Series, as well as debut recitals for Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series, Washington Performing Arts’ Music in the Country series, Chamber Music Society of Little Rock and Union County Performing Arts Center (NJ). She also appears as concerto soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra near Chicago. For more information about Kim, visit http://concertartists.org/artist/yoonah-kim.
Mr. Ahfat presently studies at the Juilliard School in New York under the tutelage of Mr. Joseph Kalichstein and Mr. Stephen Hough. A two-time winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Mr. Ahfat has garnered numerous awards across the globe, including the First Prize at the inaugural Seattle Symphony International Piano Competition in 2015, as well as top prizes at the 5th Schimmel International Piano Competition, Steinway & Sons Concerto Competition, and the Arthur Fraser and Eastman International Piano Competitions. Recently, Mr. Ahfat captured the First Prize at the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Awards for 2017-2019. For more information about Kevin visit http://KevinAhfat.com
FEBRUARY 25, 4 P.M. – THOMAS PANDOLFI, PIANO
American pianist THOMAS PANDOLFI is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. His orchestral appearances often feature not only the beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, but also the equally brilliant ones by Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Additionally in the “Pops” genre, Thomas’ critically acclaimed performances of Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin), Concerto in F (Gershwin), Warsaw Concerto (Addinsell) and the James Bond Concerto (Proctor) are immensely popular. Pandolfi performed at Honest Brook in the 2015 Summer Series with violinist Emil Altschuler. His website is thomaspandolfi.com.
MARCH 24, 8 P.M. – JIJI, GUITAR, and SOO BAE, CELLO
Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “…talented, sensitive…brilliant,” Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation. Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned the Korean guitarist First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. For more, go to concertartists.org/artist/jiji.
Canadian Korean cellist Soo Bae has been praised by The New Yorker as “superb” and by The Strad for being “rich and romantic with crisp incisive technique.” Recently honored as the musician of the month in Musical America Magazine, Bae is also a winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild Internationa Competition. As a concert soloist Ms. Bae has performed across the world. She has previously performed at Honest Brook with violinist Asira Woodward-Page in the 2009 Winter Concert Series and with pianist Peo-Yao Wang in the 2012 Summer Concert Series. For more, go to soobae.com.