Cooperation between Tongyeong and Hannover
On 28th September 2017, the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra will perform at Hannover’s prestigious Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen. Following the example of Lucerne, Switzerland, Tongyeong Festival Orchestra (TFO) was created to enhance the musical spectrum of the Tongyeong International Music Festival, and to serve as an artistic ambassador for Tongyeong City, a UNESCO Creative City of Music. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of famous Korean composer Isang Yun, native of Tongyeong, an Isang Yun Festival is initiated in Hannover, as Mr Yun is not unknown in Hannover. He taught music at Hannover’s internationally acclaimed Music University in the early 1970s.
Since both cities were accepted in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as cities of Music, Hannover and Tongyeong have established a close relationship which was highlighted by a signed Memorandum of the Lord Mayor of the City of Hannover Mr Stefan Schostok as well as the Lord Mayor of the City of Tongyeong Mr Dong Jin Kim.
Under the baton of Heinz Holliger and with Clara-Jumi Kang as soloist, the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra will perform a beautiful programme consisting of works by Isang Yun and Maurice Ravel:
Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau du Couperin
Isang Yun: Violin Concerto No. 3 (1992)
Isang Yun: Harmonia (1974)
Maurice Ravel: Ma Mère l´oye (Ballett)
Clara-Jumi Kang was born in Germany into a musical family and started to play the violin at the age of three. At 6, she enrolled at Mannheim Musikhochschule as the youngest student ever accepted to study there under Valery Gradov. A year later, she went on to study with Zakhar Bron at LübeckMusikhochschule. In 2012, Clara was selected as one of the ‘100 Future’s most promising, influential people of Korea’ by Korean major newspaper DongA Times and also received the 2012 „Daewon Music Award“ for her outstanding concert achievements internationally. She was later named “Kumho Musician of the year” for 2014. Clara resides in Munich and currently plays the Antonio Stradivarius ‘ex-Strauss’ 1708, generously on loan by Samsung Cultural Foundation Korea.
After taking first prizes in the international competitions in Genf and Munich, Mr. Holliger began an incomparable international career that has taken him to the great musical centers on five
continents. Exploring both composition and performance, he has extended the technical possibilities of his instrument while deeply committing himself to contemporary music. Some of the most
important composers of the present day have dedicated works to Mr. Holliger, who also advocates certain lesser-known works and composers. As a conductor, Heinz Holliger has worked for many years together with leading orchestras and ensembles worldwide. In high demand as a composer, Heinz Holliger’s works are published exclusively by Schott Music International. His opera on Robert Walser’s “Schneewittchen” at the Zürich Opera House received great international attention.
For further information about the concert, please see: www.nordstadt-konzerte.de