Klara Min

Biography

Pianist Klara Min is an eloquent and sensitive musician praised by Stephen Estep in the American Record Guide who wrote, "Min plays with the most ravishing piano tone."

A native of South Korea, Ms. Min made her New York recital debut in 2002 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in which she performed the world premiere of Unsuk Chin's Piano Etudes and the New York premiere of Pippa's Song by American composer Henry Martin. The New York Concert Review critic wrote that Klara Min had "a lovely, nuanced tone, genuine expressiveness….excellent technique exuberance and vitality."

Ms. Min has performed extensively throughout North America, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, and in her native South Korea, in some of the world's most important concert venues, including Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall, New York City, Gasteig Hall, Munich, Berlin Philharmonie Hall, Laeiszhalle Hall, Hamburg, Germany and KBS Broadcast Hall, Seoul, South Korea. She has performed with several orchestras including the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Hamburger Kammerphilharmonie, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, New York Sinfonietta, American Chamber Orchestra, among others.

In July, 2011, Ms. Min's first solo recording, Ripples on Water, was released by Naxos, featuring solo piano works by Korean composers. Allmusic.com praised the recording, stating, "She makes every note count... Klara Min has done a worthy job of tackling challenging music by the leading composers of her homeland." The American Record Guide review continued with, "Her dynamic control is out of this world—anyone who can make silk out of dissonance this strong is a top-notch artist in my book." Selections from the CD have been featured on WNYC and WFMT/Chicago. Klara Min will soon record her second CD for the Delos label featuring Mazurkas by Frederic Chopin.

In August, 2011, Ms. Min made her Chicago recital debut on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, broadcast live on WFMT/Chicago. For her 2011-2012 season, Ms. Min appeared in several concerts throughout the New York area, performed the Schumann Piano Concerto as guest soloist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra in Alaska, and filmed a new solo recital DVD. In the 2012-2013 season she returns for performances with the Sinfornieorchester in Berlin and the Hamburger Kammerphilharmonie at Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Germany. Other notable performances include a 2010 solo recital at the United Nations at the invitation of the Korean Ambassador, and a 2008 performance of John Corigliano's Piano Concerto with New York Concert Artists, for which Ms. Min is the founder and artistic director. With NYCA, she has produced annual concert series as well as given performances that have been featured in International Piano Magazine, The Korea Times, Yamaha's Accent Magazine and Time Out New York. In 2007, Ms. Min commissioned and premiered Capriccio for Piano and Ten Instruments by Robert Sirota. Ms. Min's performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra was filmed and broadcast in South Korea on the SBS Television Network.

Competition prizes have included a Grand Prize and Schumann Award at the 2006 IBLA Grand Prize International Competition and a "Best Performance of Mozart Prize" at the Viotti-Valsesia International Piano Competition in Italy. She was also the recipient of a Samsung scholarship.

Klara Min

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