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Sep. 12, 2014 / Issue No. 649
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Sunwook Kim Piano Recital

Sunwook Kim entered the area of globally recognized pianists when he won first place at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006. He was only 18 years old at the time, making him the youngest pianist to win the prestigious competition in 40 years, as well as the first ever Asian pianist to take the competition’s first prize. This past May, he released his second recording with Deutsche Grammophon, in which he plays Unsuk Chin’s Piano Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic under the direction of legendary conductor Myung-Whun Chung. Over the years, Kim has played as a soloist with some of the world’s most recognized ensembles, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony and the London Philharmonic. His core repertoire usually consists of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Brahms, but this concert’s lineup will include Bach and Franck. The Guardian called Kim this past June a “young pianist to watch out for,”
praising his ability to steadily develop his playing even after the early success of his victory at Leeds. Born in Seoul in 1988, Kim began playing when he was only three years old, and gave his debut recital when he was just 10 at the Kumho Prodigy Series in Seoul. He made his concerto debut two years later and went on to study music at Korea National University of Arts. He has since completed his MA in conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His recordings of Beethoven’s piano concertos, by the way, are pristine and are a must for any lover of classical music.

VENUE: Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
DATE: Sep. 18, 20:00
MORE INFO: T. 02-599-5743,
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000–90,000
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

Wouter Hamel in Seoul

Wouter Hamel is a Dutch jazz-pop singer whose style has been compared to Jamie Cullum’s. He was born in The Hague, Holland’s largest city on the North Sea, in 1977. His singing is supported by a band that includes the sounds of a guitar, bass, drums, a piano, xylophone, flute, trombone and various other percussion instruments. He performed in the 2013 Seoul Jazz Festival and is returning to Asia this year to tour Korea and Japan. Hamel himself plays the guitar and writes a good amount of his own songs. He entered the musical scene in 2007 with his eponymous album, “Hamel,” which made the Top 20 list on the Dutch charts, where it remained for over a year. The album’s major hit was the title “As Long as We’re in Love,” which featured compatriot artist Giovanca. He also released a single in Japan, titled “Breezy,” managing to attain a top spot on Tokyo’s charts. In 2010, His new album, “Pompadour,” was released in Korea this past March, for which he collaborated with Dutch
pop-artist Benny Sings. The theme for his new album revolves around enjoying life with passion, and not letting the unimportant details get in the way.

VENUE: Olympic Park, 88 Lakeside Stage
DATE: Sep. 13, 19:00
MORE INFO: T. 02-563-0595,

VENUE: Busan Dream Hall
DATE: Sep. 12, 20:00
MORE INFO: T. 02-563-0595,

Brian Crain

Brian Crain is a solo pianist and composer from Hollywood, California. Born a natural musician, word has it that he would whistle all the time as a child. When people asked him what he was humming or whistling along to, his usual response would be, “I don’t know. I just made it up.” When he was six years old, his parents bought him a baby grand piano, hoping to inspire the boy to polish his musical talents. Crain, however, only continued to whistle, and didn’t express an avid interest in the keyboard. At age 10, although he began taking piano lessons, he still didn’t exhibit much interest. When he began playing baseball, he still continued to whistle his own songs, which were developing into increasingly complex compositions. Occasionally, he would sit down at his neglected piano, playing with the keys and improvising with the notes, just as he did with his whistling. Although he wasn’t aware of it, this was the start of his career as both a composer and pianist. Witness how
his talents have developed by seeing him perform in one of Seoul’s most recognizable buildings.

VENUE: 63 Convention Center
DATE: Sep. 14, 14:00 & 19:00
MORE INFO: T. 02-789-5801
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000–100,000
GETTING THERE: Yeouinaru Station 여의나루역(Line 5), Exit 4. Walk 80 meters in the direction of MBC.

RASKB: Seonunsa Temple and an Onggi Potter

The RASKB will visit an ancient temple, Seonunsa, in the province of Jeollabuk-do. In springtime Seonunsa is celebrated for the flowering of the forest of native Korean camellias standing just behind it. In September, a special festival celebrates the blossoming of another flower, the Lycoris radiata or red spider lily, which has always bloomed here but has recently been planted in large quantities. This delicate red flower, belonging to the daffodil family, blooms in early autumn while the leaves flourish in winter and early spring. This has inspired ideas of a sad love story since flowers and leaves are condemned never to meet. The red of the flowers contrasting with the surrounding green of trees and lawns makes for wonderful photographs. We will visit the temple and have some free time allowing each one to enjoy the natural beauty of the spot.

VENUE: Seonunsa Temple, Jeollabuk-do
DATE: Sep. 21
MORE INFO: See this link (
COST: KRW 69,000–82,800
GETTING THERE: See link above.



Sunset over Seoul Fortress Wall, seen from Mt. Namsan’s Baekbeom Plaza. Photographed by Robert Koehler.
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