The virtuoso pianist Jong-Gyung Park (born in Korea) is to play at Sunderland for the very first time. A pianist since the age of 3, she gave her orchestral debut at the age of 13 with no less than the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and of the Munich Hochschule as well as the International Piano Foundation at Lake Como in Italy. She is a widely travelled young lady having given recitals and played concertos with major orchestras in Israel, across Europe, North and South America and across Asia.
She has won many International Piano Competition Prizes and is frequently called upon to give Master Classes in the U.S.A., Korea and South America.
We are fortunate that she is based now in this country and our Sunderland audience will be able to enjoy a programme of Schubert (Sonata in A), Ravel (“Gaspard de la Nuit”) and Chopin (All 24 Preludes) played on the internationally famous Steinway Concert Grand Piano that is the pride of the Society.
Date: Tuesday, 8th. March, 2011
Tickets: at the door £11 (Students /OB40’s £5) No other concessions.
Accompanied Children (up to 16 years) come free
Jayson Gillham. young virtuoso pianist from Australia played a programma which, at first glance, seemed quite traditional. Yet it is more than 20 years since anyone played the Mozart C minor Fantasy and Sonata. Pianists and piano teachers know these two items very well, so it was especially gratifying to hear them played with such consummate musicianship and clarity of texture by a soloist of Jayson Gillham’s stature. He brought out the almost Beethovenesque drama of both the Fantasy and the Sonata and chose very well suited tempo throughout his performances. His first half recital ended with another marvellous piece as a tribute to Chopin: the quite ravishingly beautiful “Barcarolle”. This is a late piece Op.60 and is one of his most satisfying but nevertheless rather neglected works. Once again it was refreshing to hear a fine work by the great Polish master which had not been performed in Sunderland for at least 25 years.
Jayson’s second set was devoted to Schumann’s famous “Kreisleriana” variations.
This was much more familiar territory – a real favourite among recital pianists. So the highly experienced Sunderland audience is quite used to enjoying fine performances of this long work with all its varying moods and tempi. They were certainly not disappointed by Jayson’s quite brilliant and powerful evocations of all the poet-composer’s differing moods and feelings in this demanding virtuoso work.
The enthusiastic applause at the end of the recital brought Jayson back to give an encore of great power and drama in the shape of a Chopin’s “Revolutionary Study” in C minor. Jayson maintained a lively relationship with his audience and everyone ( including the pianist! ) had a most successful and entertaining time.