Kuwait Chamber Philharmonia is coming back to the stage with opening its 23rd Concert Season of the Classical Music on its traditional stage on unique ‘Kuwaiti Dhow’ – Al-Hashemi II.Concert will be held at the Abdlu Hussain Marafie Grand Ballroom – Radisson Blue Hotel on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8:00 o’clock p.m.
The soloists of the Piano Recital will be world-known Korean pianist, SONJA PARK.
‘She is a unique talent. When she plays one can forget everything. All one feels is love for music. She leads you to another world. She has everything that a musician needs. She is a born artist.’ – wrote one of her Masters, Prof. Andrzej Jasinski, President of the International Chopin Competition.
Her life was untypical for young prodigies career. As a young child Sonja Park visited Ronald Reagan in the White House only to sing in a children’s choir from Seoul. Nothing is scripted like an American President’s schedule. Yet Sonja played the piano as well, delighting Reagan so much that he dandled her on his knee.
At the age of 21 Ms. Park’s life changed dramatically when Alexander Jenner heard her in Vienna. Telling her she was “the most talented student he had ever met,” he demanded she become a professional musician, even though she was largely self-taught at that time. Professor Jenner dedicated his last years as a teacher to her at the University of Vienna, where she earned a Degree in Piano Performance with distinction.
As a fully developed artist Sonja continues to make an impact. While still studying, Dora Schwarzberg and Mark Drobinsky asked her to replace Martha Argerich and Alexander Rabinowitsch. With ten days’ notice she learned and performed six Beethoven piano trios with them at the Beethoven Festival in Brescia, Italy.
Sonja’s litany of remarkable stories continues. Recently Ms. Park was invited to open the ‘Qatar Cultural Village’ Opera House in Doha, performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in Seoul, Sonja Park was educated there and in Vienna. The University of Vienna honored her with awards and scholarships from Gonda Weiner, Herbert von Karajan Society, Gesellschaft für Musikfreunde, Ministry for Transport and Science, and Sobotka-Janicek Foundation. In competition Ms. Park won prizes at the Brahms International, Karajan Society, Premio Rodolfo Caporalli, Premio Vittorio Gui and Premio Trio di Trieste.
Sonja Park has collaborated and performed alongside such musicians as Paul Badura Skoda, Max Rysanov, Nikolas Harnoncourt, Dora Schwarzberg, Michael Gutman, Anton Sorokow and Philippe Entremont.
She has appeared on Austrian Radio ORF, Hungarian Radio, RAI UNO in Italy, Slovak Radio and NHK Television in Japan. Ms. Park has played in such concert halls as Konzerthaus Wien, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Wigmore Hall London and Teatro del Maggio Florence, in addition to performances in Bahrain, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Kuwait, Russia at the Andrey Sakharov International Art Festival, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Since 2011, Ms. Park has been asked to perform annually with Echo Rising Star Dionysis Grammenos at the Corfu Festival of Arts. 2012 saw Sonja in nothing fewer than 40 performances as a soloist and ensemble player.
On Kuwaiti inauguration of the Concert Season she will present popular repertoire of the pianistic Romantic hits.
We will listen to:
Franz SCHUBERT - Impromptu Op. 142 No 3 in B-flat major\and Felix MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY - Variation Serieuses Op. 54.
First part of the Recital will be crowned by maybe the most popular from Viennese Master piano compositions. She will present by
L. van BEETHOVEN - ‘Moonlight’ Sonata Op. 27 No 2 in C-sharp minor (‘Quasi una fantasia’) dedicated to young Beethoven’s great secret love, Julia Guicardi.
Its three part are: - Adagio sostenuto,- Allegretto- Presto agitato
Second part of the Sonja Park Recital will be dedicated totally to music of the Romantic Master, also favorite Sonja composer – Frederic Chopin. We will enjoy of such compositions as:
Fr. Chopin - Nocturne Op. posth. In C-sharp minor (Lento con gran espressione), the piece which gain enormous popularity from awarded by Oscar Prize ‘The Pianist’,- Roman Polanski’s movie. Korean pianist will play also other Chopin’s hits as:
- Fantasie Impromptu Op. 66 in C-sharp minor
- Grand Valse Op. 42 in A-flat major
- Valse brilliant Op. 34 No 2 in A minor
- Ballade No 4 Op. 52 in F minor
Just after interval listeners will have an occasion to listen to Young Talent presentation. Sonja compatriot, leading student of the Kuwait Music Academy HEUI SUNG KIM- Korea will present one more composer’s hit: Fr, Chopin – Etude Op. 10 No 3 in E major (known under name of “Autumn Fogs’).
KUWAIT CHAMBER PHILHARMONIA presents on Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8:00 p.m. at Al-Hashemi II -Grand Ballroom Radisson Blu Hotel
PIANO RECITAL -OPENING CONCERT of the MUSIC SEASON 2014/2015performed by SONJA PARK – piano
Program: L.van Beethoven, Fr. Schubert, F. Mendelssohn, Fr. Chopin
Tickets are available at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Tel: 2567 3000
Sponsors of the Season: Khorafi Business Machines GBM, International Veterinary Hospital, Tanagra, British School of Kuwait, Radisson Blu Hotel.