Seohyun Kim, violin and Ji Yung Lee, piano


  • Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) - Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 9 (1904) (21')
  • I. Allegro moderato
  • II. Andantino tranquillo e dolce
  • III. Finale. Allegro molto quasi presto
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Tzigane (1924) (10’)
  • Carlos Simon (b.1986) - Between Worlds (2019) (5')
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff (arr. F. Kreisler) (1873-1943) - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 (1934) (3')

Born in 2008 in Seoul, South Korea, Seohyun Kim was the winner of the 2022 Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Competition, the youngest ever to win the competition. She began to play the violin at age 5 and had performed as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles by the age of eight. Seohyun was a semi-finalist and the youngest participant in the 2021 Menuhin Competition, which was her first appearance on the international music stage. She has taken first prize at several international competitions including the Ysaÿe International Music Competition, the Leonid Kogan International Competition for Young Violinists, and the Berlin Rising Star Grand Prix in 2021.

Seohyun was invited by Maestro Gilbert Varga in 2021 to perform for the Tibor Varga Memorial Concerts with the Pannon Philharmonic in Budapest (Liszt Academy Grand Hall), Pécs (Kodály Center), and Györ in Hungary. Seohyun, who made her solo recital debut as a Kumho Prodigy Artist at the age of 12, has performed at the Lotte Concert Hall as a rising star of Gonjiam Music Festival and had two other solo recitals in 2021 as the Young Artist of the Year at Elim Art Center. She has collaborated with renowned orchestras in South Korea including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Daejeon Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra, the Jeonju Philharmonic, the Mokpo Symphony Orchestra, and the New Seoul Philharmonic. Recently, she was invited to perform at the Opening Concert of 2023 Kumho Prodigy Concert series. Seohyun had her fifth solo recital in January 2023.

Hailed by Gramophone for her “beautiful playing” and “intimate internal dialogues,” 2nd prize and special award winner at Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy, pianist Ji Yung Lee is an active performer and has made appearances with various instrumentalists and singers at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Weill Hall, and John F. Kennedy Center. She has also captivated audiences via numerous radio broadcasts including WQXR, MPR, and WFMT. Recent highlights include concerts with violinist Chad Hoopes, Danbi Um, and violist Barry Shifmann at Rockport Chamber Music Festival; a recital with violist Jordan Bak at Harriman-Jewell Series; and Omar (rehearsal pianist) at Boston Lyric Opera.

Lee’s passion for vocal music has been a significant part of her musical journey. She has worked with Boston Lyric Opera, Victory Hall Opera, Boston Arts Song Society, and Juilliard’s Drama division. She has participated as a vocal piano fellow in festivals including Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival and School, SongFest, and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. In addition to her extensive vocal repertoire, Lee is enthusiastic about instrumental chamber music. She actively performs with internationally-acclaimed instrumentalists throughout the United States. She has served as a staff pianist both at The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory. Currently, Lee is a faculty member at New England Conservatory as an opera coach and is a music staff member at Boston Lyric Opera. She received her Master’s Degree with academic honors from New England Conservatory, and Graduate Diploma from The Juilliard School.

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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