It’s that time of year again!- the cherry blossom! Here comes the Tongyeong International Music Festival in this beautiful spring time, taking place from March 29. to April 7 this year.
The them of the 2019 festival is Destiny, celebrating Beethoven’s legacy one year prior to the 250th anniversary of his birthday 2020.
This year’s festival begins with the concert of Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, followed by Heinz Holliger’s Ostinato Funebre(Asian Premiere), and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 played by Pianist, Behzod Abduraimov under the leadership of Michael Sanderling. The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra will also perform Angel in Flames, Memento with Epilogue(1994) of Isang Yun and a German Requiem Op.45 of Johannes Brahms the next day.
Toshio Hosokawa’s Opera The Maiden from the Sea(Futari Shizuka) will be on the stage for the festival. This opera is a fascinating story in combination of Japan’s classical musical drama Noh and the Western classical opera. The opera will be presented in cooperation with Soprano Sarah Wegnener, Noh singer & dancer Ryoko Aoki, Flutist Yubeen Kim, and TIM Ensemble conducted by Shi-yeon Sung.
As a composer in residence 2019, Toshio Hosokawa’s Voyage V(2001), Landscape I(1992), Blossoming(2007), Fragmente II(2003), Drawing(2004) will have their Korean premieres at the Tongyeong Concert Hall.
Artists such as Mischa Maisky, Lucerne Symphony Soloists, Fabergé Quintet, Zagreb Soloists, Los Romeros, and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble also visit and perform at the Tongyeong Concert Hall. The exciting duo of Harpist Xavier de Maistre and castanetist Lucero Tena is expected to fascinate the audience with Spain music.
This year’s edition of the festival is full of opportunities of experiencing new music. Music pieces such as Three Pieces(1992) of Frank Zappa, Passacaglia(2018) of Efrain Oscher, Rumbach for J.S.(2017) of Gonzalo Grau have their Asian premieres.
Concerto for Geomungo and Ensemble(2019) of Donald Reid Womack commissioned by TIMF, and Poids(2018/19) of Daniel Lo have their World Premieres at the Tongyeong Concert Hall. Also, music of young composers selected for the Asian Composers Showcase will be performed by Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
Arditti Quartet and Yubeen Kim present the World premiers of Yang Song’s Scattered View(2019) commissioned by Goethe Institut, and Jakub Jankowski’s New work(2019) commissioned by TIMF. Jakub Jankowski’s other works such as Offertorium(2014) and Cello Sonata ‘Aspects of Return’ will be presented as well. Born in Adelaide, Australia, he is a composer in residence in 2019 along with Toshio Hosokawa for this year’s festival.
Tongyeong Festival Orchestra will perform Isang Yun’s Fluktuationen(1964), Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, and Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration Op. 21 under the conductor of Alexander Liebreich. TFO will close the 9-day-music festival with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No.3 and Richard Wagner’s Opera Die Walküre Act I.
Rainer Küchl served as a Concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera for 45 years. Ever since he was appointed as the concertmaster at the age of 20, he has played with all the great conductors of our time including Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, and Georg Solti. After retiring from the position in 2016, he teaches music as well as performs in a variety of solo and chamber music concerts.
He appears at the stage of Tongyeong Concert hall with music of Mozart, Beethoven, Vieuxtemps, Tchaikovsky, and Sarasate.
• Date : 2018. 01. 20.
• Time : 17:00
• Venue : Tongyeong Concert Hall
• Program (100 minute)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/ Violin Sonata No. 35 in A Major, K.526
- Ludwig van Beetoven/ Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor ‘Eroica’, Op.30/2
- Henri Vieuxtemps/ Fantasia Appassionata Op.35
- Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky/ Valse- scherzo in C Major
- Pablo de Sarasate/ Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen, Op.25
• Inquiry : 055-650-0400
• Ticket price : A 30,000 B 20,000
In cooperation with Universities, international ensembles, and its partners, TIMF offers opportunities for participants from all over the world to study with world-class faculty and renown artists for free. Masterclasses, big part of TIMF Academy, have been held on a regular basis.
The 2018 TIMF academy 「Rainer Küchl Violine Masterclass」 is held from 20 January to 25 January at Tongyeong Concert Hall.
Rainer Küchl combines a career as principal concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for 45 years with solo and chamber music concerts as well as teaching. Pianist Hiroshi Kato joins the master class and the student recital as an accompanist.
Free tuition for a week of individual lessons, free accommodation with breakfast and accompanist are provided for the 8 selected participants. The Academy opens with Rainer Küchl’s Violin Recital and ends with the students recital, which highlights the finale of the course.
◆ 2018 TIMF Academy 「 Rainer Küchl Violine Masterclass」
Dates Saturday, 20 January Arrival & Orientation 15:00/ Recital for Küchl 17:00
Sunday, 21 January Lessons
Monday, 21 January Lessons
Tuesday, 23 January Lessons
Wednesday, 24 January Lessons
Thursday, 25 January Lessons and Student Recital 19:30
Friday, 26 January Return
※ Accompanist of the masterclass and recitals : Hiroshi Kato
All masterclasses are open to public. Those who want to experience this special music learning scene are welcomed to visit Tongyeong Concert Hall.
Christopher Poppen’s Master Class is going to be held from 9 to 13 of January, 2017 in Tongyeong Concert Hall.
Tongyeong International Music Foundation offers TIMF Academy that aims to provide participants from all over the world with opportunities to study with world-class faculty and renowned artists for free. All the selected participants are benefited from one-to-one lessons including coverage for accommodation and meals.
TIMF Academy 2017 starts with Christopher Poppen’s Master Class. All the participants will be benefited immensely from the study with Christopher Poppen, a conductor, violinist, and academic teacher.
Pianist Julian Riem, known for his wide-ranging artistic activity, joins the master class and the student recital as an accompanist.
It will be a great opportunity for violin players to fine tune their techniques and to be inspired through this 2017 TIMF Academy.
Highly qualified applicants are encouraged to send their application including an approximately 10- minute-long recording (preferably video) of their most recent performance (no repertoire restrictions) by email (email@example.com).
The deadline is 10. December, 2016. A maximum of 8 will be selected as active participants.
Violinists not accepted as active participants can still attend the masterclasses as passive participants. All masterclasses are individual lessons and are open to public.