The 2018 Tongyeong International Music Festival to be held from 30. March to 8. April will feature an exciting array of artists and ensembles, presenting a music program encompassing a wide range of style from works by Monteverdi to Wolfgang Rihm.
With the theme of “Returning Home”, Bochum Symphony Orchestra led by American conductor Steven Sloane will open the festival with Chung Kyung Wha.
The 2017 Van Cliburn Competition winner Sunwoo Yekwon will present a recital, and a chamber concert together with the Czech Bennewitz Quartet, which will perform two programs including the first String Quartet by Isang Yun.
The Tongyeong Festival Orchestra will return together with conductor Christoph Eschenbach, violinist Midori and pianist Tzimon Barto in two programs with music by Leonard Bernstein, Wolfgang Rihm, Unsuk Chin, and Antonin Dvorak.
In addition, Ludger Engels, German stage director and well known to the Tongyeong audience from the 2013 production “Semele Walk”, will present an exciting new production based on “ll ritorno d’Ulisse in patria” by Claudio Monteverdi, featuring Korean musicians alongside Ensemble kaleidoskop.
With “Returning home”, the Tongyeong International Music Festival 2018 will focus on the meaning of “home” on the essence of what it means to “return home”; and in a wider sense on the significance of a cultural identity in todays ever-globalised society. And of course we will celebrate our own “home”- the city of Tongyeong, its musical artistry and its natural beauty.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Bruknerfest, which pays tribute to Linz-born composer Anton Bruckner, is held annually in Linz, Austria. This month-long autumn celebration of the music festival includes an exhibition that puts spotlight on one specific nation and introduces its culture to the audience. The Republic of Korea was selected as the nation for such exhibition of this year’s edition of the Bruknerfest. According to “South Korea” nation theme, a number of Korean musicians who are actively involved in the world classical music scene were invited to perform at the Brucknerfest.
Tongyeong Exhibition named “Tongyeong Perspectives- Korean Artists from the Land of Sea” opened in the Bruknerhaus. The exhibition ran from 17. September through 3. October. Some artwork pieces of Isang Yun, Hyuck Lim Jeon, Chun Soo Yun, and Sang Ok Kim were presented in both German and English texts with visual and audio aids. Pictures of Tongyeong landscape and traditional patterns that have long been used often in Tongyeong were displayed as well.
Music admirers visiting the Brucknerfest were fascinated by Korean musicians’ great performance and were given a good opportunity to get to know Korea’s cultural identity and its status in the world from this Tongyeong Perspective Exhibition.
Tongyeong has been projected as a city of Music on a global scale through this exhibition by introducing Tongyeong’s natural and cultural asset in an artistic manner in one of major classical music festivals held in Europe.
Linz was designated as a European Capital of Culture in 2009. With its urban regeneration effort and investment in the cultural infrastructure such Ars Electronica Center, Lentos Art Museum including Brucknerhaus, the city of Linz has changed its image and raise its visibility and profile as a cultural city on an international scale.
Linz joined UNESCO Creative Cities Network as Creative City of Media Arts a year earlier than Tongyeong, designated a UNESCO Creative City of Music in 2015.
This exhibition is the first of a number of projects which will bring the two cities closer together, next one being a Brucknerfest opera performance at Tongyeong at Tongyeong Concert Hall in the summer of 2017.