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Greetings



Greetings from the Artistic Directors


The 2017 Edition of the PyeongChang Music Festival centers on the music of Russia from the last 150 years and provides many surprises along the way. Every music lover knows the music of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and the exquisite melodies that flowed from the pens of these immortal masters. Regular listeners also appreciate Prokofiev and Shostakovich, known for their melodic and virtuosic masterpieces. But this summer, the music of Arensky, Taneyev, Schnittke, Glazunov and Popper also fill the air.

In pursuing the Russian theme, we have invited the usual array of virtuosi to the Alpensia Resort in the beautiful mountains of Gangwon Province. Of special interest is a concert presentation by St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Opera Company of Serge Prokofiev’s comic opera The Love for Three Oranges, with soloists and orchestra coming from the great Russian music capital. The singers joined by National Chorus of Korea, also present a program of more Russian music, including the rarely heard Moscow Cantata by Tchaikovsky as well as highlights from Russian opera. In addition, Russia’s leading string quartet, the Borodin Quartet, presents definitive interpretations of great string quartets from Haydn to Shostakovich.

Beyond traditional works, the Festival has commissioned three works for this summer, including one by the Korean composer Texu Kim in celebration of the PyeongChang Music Festival, another by French composer Jean-Paul Pennin for piano-four hands celebrating the Russian theme and a joint commission with Santa Fe and Chamber Music Northwest of new work by the prominent American composer William Bolcom, to be premiered at all three festivals this summer.

Making their first appearances are the acclaimed pianist Stephen Kovacevich, who joins Kyung-Wha Chung in a performance of a Brahms sonata, and the cellist Laurence Lesser, who has performed widely throughout the world, even as serving as president of Boston’s New England Conservatory. Returning pianists include Kevin Kenner and Norman Krieger and a constellation of remarkable young Korean pianist including Yeol Eum Son, Dasol Kim, Tae-Hyung Kim and Choong-Mo Kang. Violinist Boris Brovtsyn returns to join Kyung-Wha Chung and an all-star lineup of young award-winning violinists, including Clara-Jumi Kang, Mayu Kishima and Zia Shin. The cellists include returning favorites, Jian Wang, Lluís Claret in addition to Myung-Wha Chung and Laurence Lesser. Renowned violist Gareth Lubbe makes his Festival debut along with Kyoungmin Park and Hung-Wei Huang.

There are too many highlights to list for a 14-concert festival, but just a few highlights include a virtuosic transcription of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 for strings, piano and percussion, performances of rarely heard works like the Arensky and Taneyev piano quintets, the piano quartets of Mahler and Strauss and the piano sextet of Mendelssohn plus Popper Requiem performed by three cellists –– Myung-Wha Chung, Laurence Lesser and Lluís Claret. In short, while the focus is on Russia, there are many other works to charm the listener by composers from across the spectrum of classical music history and geography.

Myung-Wha Chung & Kyung-Wha Chung, Artistic Directors