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Jenny-Soonjin Kim

Jenny Soonjin Kim has established an international reputation as a performing artist on piano and fortepiano, signing 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.

A dynamic and prolific artist, Kim has recorded keyboard works ranging from Bach to Schoenberg for Arabesque Records (garnering a nomination 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 Vienna at Musikverein Golden Hall 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. She was 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. She performed Kozeluch’s First Piano Concerto in F Major with the Philharmony Hradec Králové conducted by Filippo Arlia in Prague at Smetana Hall 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 served as an international judicator for notable events such as the Scriabin International Piano Competition held in Grosseto, Italy in July 2021, and 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 (CGU), 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 BA 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 one of the nation’s premiere vocal ensembles, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, involved as an education committee and gala host committee member.

Recordings

Eternal Beethoven: Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111; 15 Variations and a Fugue on an original Theme “Eroica”, Op. 35; Bagatelles Op. 126, Performed & Recording at Tonzauber studio at Wiener Konzerthaus, Sound producer and engineer: Georg Burdicek, Vienna, Austria, October 2020; Contract with Sony Classical Records, signed November 2021, issued March 2022

Leopold Kozeluch Complete Boxset [12 CDs, Brilliant Classics 95984; issued 2020]

Leopold Kozeluch: Complete Keyboard Sonatas performed on fortepiano. Twelve-CD contract with Brilliant Classics (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands), signed April 2013

Vol. 1 [2 CDs, Brilliant Classics 94770; issued 2015]:

CD 1: Sonata No.1 in F Major, Op. 1, No. 1; Sonata No. 2 in E- Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 2;
Sonata No. 3 in D Major, Op. 1, No. 3; Sonata No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 2, No. 1

CD 2: Sonata No. 5 in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2; Sonata No. 6 in C Minor, Op. 2, No. 3;
Sonata No. 7 in D Major; Sonata No. 8 in F Major, Op. 5 ‘La Chasse

Vol. 2 [2 CDs, Brilliant Classics 95155; issued 2016]:

CD 1: Sonata No. 9 in C Major, Op. 8, No. 1; Sonata No. 10 in F Major, Op. 8, No. 2;
Sonata No. 11 in E- Flat Major, Op. 10, No. 1; Sonata No. 12 in C Major, Op. 10, No. 2

CD 2: Sonata No. 13 in E- Flat Major, Op. 13, No. 1; Sonata No. 14 in G Major, Op. 13, No. 2; Sonata No. 15 in E Minor, Op. 13, Op. 2; Sonata No. 16 in G Minor, Op. 15, No. 1

Vol. 3 [ 4 CDs, Brilliant Classics 95836; issued 2020]:

CD 1: Sonata No. 17 in C Major, Op. 15, No. 2; Sonata No. 18 in A- Flat Major, Op. 15, No. 3; Sonata No. 19 in F Minor, Op. 17, No. 1; Sonata No. 20 in A Major, Op. 17, No. 2

CD 2: Sonata No. 21 in E- Flat Major, Op. 17, No. 3; Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op 20 No. 1; Sonata No 23 in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2; Sonata 24 in D Minor, Op. 20, No. 3; Sonata No. 25 in D Major, Op. 26, No. 1

CD 3: Sonata No. 26 in A Minor, Op. 26, No. 2; Sonata No. 27 in E-Flat Major, Op. 26, No. 3; Sonata No. 28 in B- Flat Major, Op. 30, No. 1; Sonata No. 29 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 2

CD 4: Sonata No. 30 in C Minor, Op. Op. 30, No. 3; Sonata No. 31 in F Major, Op. 35, No. 1; Sonata No. 32 in A Major, Op. 35, No. 2; Sonata No. 33 in G Minor, Op. 35, No. 3

Vol. 4 [ 4 CDs, Brilliant Classics 95980; issued 2020]:

CD 1: Sonata No. 34 in E-Flat Major, Op. 38, No. 1; Sonata No. 35 in C Major, Op. 38, No. 2;  Sonata No. 36 in F Minor, Op. 38, No. 3; Sonata No. 37 in G Major; Sonata No. 38 in E-Flat Major, Op. 51, No. 1

CD 2: Sonata No. 39 in C Minor/ Major, Op. 51, No. 2; Sonata No. 40 in D Minor, Op. 51, No. 3; Sonata No. 41 in G Major, Op. 53, No. 1; Sonata No. 42 in F Major, Op. 53, No. 2; Sonata No. 43 in E-Flat, Op. 53, No. 3

CD 3: Sonata No. 44 in F Major (before 1773) ; Sonata No. 45 in A Major (before 1776) ; Sonata No. 46 in C Major; Sonata No. 47 in E-Flat Major

CD 4: Sonata No. 48 in B-Flat Major; Sonata No. 49 in A Major; Sonata No. 50 in E Minor

Johann Friedrich Doles, Jr.: Complete Keyboard Sonatas; performed on fortepiano. CD contract with Brilliant Classics (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands)
CD: [6 Sonatas, Brilliant Classics 95454; issued 2018]

Master Composers, Vol. 1 [Arabesque Records Z6812; issued September 2010]: Béla Bartók, Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20; Frédéric Chopin, Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47 and Etude No.5, Op. 10; Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude and Fugue No.1, WTC Book 1; Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110

Master Composers, Vol. 2 [Arabesque Records Z6813; issued November 2010]: Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 884; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 333; Arnold Schoenberg, Six Little Piano Pieces, Op.19; Sergei Rachmaninoff, Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42; Frédéric Chopin, Étude Op. 25, No. 10 in B minor

Master Composers, Vol. 3 [Arabesque Records Z6814; issued April 2011]: Arnold Schoenberg, Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke, Op.19; Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111; Béla Bartók, Out of Doors; Franz Liszt, Mephisto Waltz No. 1

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