September 22, 2019 Opening Concert
1:30 PM Doors
2 PM Pre-concert Insights
3 PM Concert
NVCC Fine Arts Center
Concert Sponsored by:
Kick off Leif Bjaland's 25th Anniversary Season with a trip around the world.
Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 5 "Egyptian"
Ko-Eun Yi, piano
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 "Little Russian"
About Soloist Ko-Eun Yi
Korean pianist Ko-Eun Yi, a winner of the CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, has earned praise for playing with “élan and fire and a surplus of bravura technique” (Cincinnati Enquirer). She has garnered numerous top prizes in her young career, with recent successes at the 2010 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and the 2010 Wideman International Piano Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. The Washington Post applauded her recent debut recital in DC: “a masterful technician … Her finger-work was immaculate, inner voices were keenly drawn out, and there was no lack of power when needed.”
Recent seasons have included concerto engagements with the Midland-Odessa Symphony in Texas (Prokofiev Concerto No. 3) and University of Chicago Symphony (Gershwin Concerto in F). Featured recitals have included appearances at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, Brooklyn Public Library and Florence Chamber Music Series of South Carolina. Additional solo performances include engagements at The Van Cliburn’s Chopin Festival in Fort Worth, and at Florida’s Atlantic Music Center and the Artist Series of Tallahassee, plus numerous recitals throughout the greater New York area.
She has been featured on WQXR’s long-running Young Artists Showcase program, including a live interview and performance in studio, and she was also invited to participate in WQXR’s June 2016 Chopin Piano Marathon, with a live video-stream of her performances of Chopin’s Ballade No.1 and Scherzo No.1, followed by later audio broadcast.
The Cincinnati Enquirer praised her Gold medal-winning concerto performance at the World Piano Competition: “…a fantasy world of shimmering sounds and colors. Her playing was at once flawless and dazzling…” Additional recent concerto highlights for Ko-Eun include performances with the Barcelona, Jerusalem, and Boston, Roswell and New West Symphony Orchestras, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra, working with such conductors as Lawrence Foster, Leon Fleisher, and Christopher Wilkins, and Marcelo Lehninger. She toured South America playing Saint-Saëns concerto No. 2 with the New England Youth Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander.
A compelling recitalist, Ko-Eun has given solo concerts around the US at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in NYC, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Bossier ‘Jam’n Bread’ Chamber Series in Shreveport, LA, and at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, as well as internationally in Spain and Korea. At the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Ko-Eun was also awarded the Victor & Sono Elmaleh Piano Prize.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Ko-Eun Yi began her piano studies at the age of three. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School studying with Jerome Lowenthal and completed her Professional Studies degree with André-Michel Schub at Manhattan School of Music. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University School of Music, as a student of Christina Dahl.