Jenny Soonjin Kim and friends: Mozart and Beethoven chamber concertos

Jenny Soonjin Kim will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 466 and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto Op. 56 with Kate Jeongah Kim, violin, Wonsun Keem, cello, and Han Na Park, piano.

Sunday, November 13, 2022, 7 p.m.
Drinkward Recital Hall

Jenny Soonjin Kim stands next to a grand piano with her body slightly turned and looks downward.
Jenny Soonjin Kim. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
W. A. Mozart

Jenny S. Kim, piano
Han Na Park, piano


Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56
L. v. Beethoven

Jenny S. Kim, piano
Kate Jeongah Kim, violin
Wonsun Keem, cello
Han Na Park, piano

Jenny Soonjin Kim has established an international reputation as a performing artist on piano and fortepiano. She signed with Sony Classical as an exclusive artist in 2021. Her 2022 debut album “Eternal Beethoven” included 15 Variations and a fugue on an original theme “Eroica”, Op. 35, Bagatelles, Op. 126, and Sonata No. 32 in C Major, Op. 111. As a dynamic and prolific artist throughout her career, not only has she recorded keyboard works ranging from Bach to Schoenberg for Arabesque Records (which once nominated her for the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award), but also the complete keyboard sonatas of both Leopold Kozeluch and Johann Friedrich Doles (a world premiere) on fortepiano for Brilliant Classics. The complete, 12-CD Box-Set recording of the 50 keyboard sonatas of Kozeluch was released in October 2020.

In her role as a renowned international artist, Kim has performed in major international venues in Europe, Asia, and North America. Kim was selected to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Bucheon Symphony Orchestra lead by Yunsung Chang in Musikverein Golden Hall, Vienna to commemorate the 130th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Austria. Kim performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 with the Orquestra Sinfónica de Torrevieja conducted by José Francisco Sánchez in Spain and invited to perform Mozart's piano concerto, K.466 (using a cadenza composed by Beethoven) with Bibiena Chamber Orchestra conducted by Frantz Schottky in Teatro Bibiena, Mantova, Italy. Kim was also invited to perform at the China Sanya International Piano Festival in Hainan Province, China and in Taipei, Taiwan, and performed Kozeluch’s First Piano Concerto in F Major with the Philharmony Hradec Králové conducted by Filippo Arlia at Smetana Hall, Prague in October 2019.

Antoni Jakubowski, music critic (Torrevieja Target: Cultural Press) wrote of the Chopin’s first piano concerto: “…Guest soloist Jenny Soonjin Kim dazzled the audience with her performance, conveying all these characteristics in an impressive and convincing way. Utilizing her technical skills, she at the same time impressed with a lot of musicality, sensitivity and poetic, thoughtful and romantic interpretation…”.  Michael Allhoff, owner of Costa Blanca Leben wrote: “…With verve, dedication and precision, the piano soloist Jenny Soonjin Kim interpreted the Concerto No. 1 by Chopin…” Sylvia Berry (Early Music America) wrote of the second Kozeluch volume:Kim’s playing is crystalline and lyrical, with exquisitely sensitive phrasing. She is an assured virtuoso who interprets Kozeluch’s music beautifully.”  Marco Frei (Germany’s Piano News) wrote of the Doles recording: “Once again the instrument convinces with an unheard-of floating tonal quality in piano and a voluminous expression in forte, and Kim knows how to use this fascinating richness of color perfectly…With this premiere recording Kim has taken an exemplary view, because it brings together the sound poetry and the gripping verve in a meaningful way.” 

Kim also serves as an international judicator for notable events which include the Scriabin International Piano Competition held in Grosseto, Italy in July 2021; the U.S. Golden State International Strings & Piano Competition in August 2021 sponsored by the Chinese government.

Kim obtained the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Historical Performance Practices/Keyboard Studies from Claremont Graduate University in California, a diploma in Music Business: Music Management and Merchandising from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a Master’s Degree in piano performance and Graduate Certificate at the University of Southern California (USC), a diploma at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and a Bachelor of Arts at the Seoul National University.

Kim is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice at Claremont Graduate University, overseeing its piano/fortepiano program and directing Performance Forum. She also serves on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Grammy-nominated nation’s major vocal ensemble, involved as an education committee and gala host committee member.

Violinist Kate Jeongah Kim has received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with full scholarship from Seoul National University and a Diploma with highest distinction from University of Arts Berlin (UdK). Kim is a current member of Korean Chamber Orchestra and Ye Trio.

Wonsun Keem is a cellist who was praised by Aldo Parisot, a legendary cellist and professor of Yale School of Music over 50 years, as "a cellist who combined intelligent, ability of interpretation, and sincerity.” She has obtained her Bachelor of Music at Seoul National University and Master of Music at Yale University. Keem continues to carry on her musical journey with various musicians in Southern California.

Pianist Han Na Park has obtained a Master’s degree in piano performance at the California State University, Northridge, and thereafter a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in Historical Performance Practice/Keyboard studies at Claremont Graduate University in California. Park’s diverse performances also include playing the fortepiano and harpsichord as a soloist and collaborating with string ensembles.

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The concert series is open to the public. All audience members are required to give health attestation before entering the venue and wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status. The Covid-19 guidelines will be updated as new information becomes available.

HMC is deeply grateful for the generous support that created The Ken Stevens ’61 Founding Class Concert Series.

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