St Bride's: Music - Duo J. Y.<br />Sanghee Ji – violin, Kevin Fan Yu – piano

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Duo J. Y.
Sanghee Ji – violin, Kevin Fan Yu – piano

Tuesday, 21 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Duo J. Y.<br />Sanghee Ji – violin, Kevin Fan Yu – pianoDuo J. Y.<br />Sanghee Ji – violin, Kevin Fan Yu – piano

C Debussy

Sonate pour violon et piano en sol mineur, L. 140

1. Allegro vivo

2. Intermède. Fantasque et léger

3. Finale. Très animé

G Fauré

Sonate pour violon et piano en la majeur no. 1, op. 13

1. Allegro molto

2. Andante

3. Scherzo: Allegro vivo

4. Finale: Allegro quasi presto

Born in 1990, Europe-based Taiwanese concert pianist Kevin Fan Yu has performed in England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Croatia, Poland, Norway and Taiwan. He has won the Absolute 1st Prize - 24th 'Citta di Barletta' International Young Musicians Competition, 1st Prize - Val Tidone International Piano Competition (2016), 2nd Prize - Valletta International Piano Competition (2017), 2nd Prize - 15th Euterpe International Piano Competition, 5th Prize and Special Prize for 'J S Bach' in the 20th 'MLADI VIRTUOZI' International Piano Competition, 1st Prize - Renna Kellaway Recital Competition, 1st Prize - Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Competition, 2nd Prize - 1st Peter Donohoe Competition, 3rd Prize - Ludlow Philharmonic Concerto Competition, 1st Prize - Birmingham Conservatoire Piano Competition, 3rd Prize - Chandos Young Musicians Competitions, and 1st Prize - Leamington Music Competition.

Appointed a Junior Fellowship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2011- 2013), Kevin graduated with Honours and Distinction from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyete. He has also graduated two Meisterklassenexamen (D. M. A. degree) in both solo piano and piano chamber music.

South Korean violinist Sanghee Ji was born in 1990 in Seoul and started her first violin lessons at the age of eight. Since then, she has studied with Professor Kowoon Yang and Kyungsun Lee in Korea. In 2014, she moved to Germany and started a Master's degree with Professor Herwig Zack at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, and in 2016 started a chamber music Master's degree with Professor Eberhard Feltz in the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. She is currently studying Meisterklassenexamen at Leipzig Musikhochschule with Professor Carolin Widmann.

She has won 1st prize - 'Debut at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg 2017', 1st prize - Streichwerk international string competition, Grand prize - Wettbewerb um den Wolfgang Fischer und Maria Fischer Flach-Preis, 4th prize - Peter Pirazzi Stiftung Wettbewerb Frankfurt, Scholarship competition 'Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe' (YMFE), Special prize in the Alice & Alinore Schoenfeld international competition, Prix Jeunesses Musicales in the Bordeaux international string competition, was semi-finalist in Michael Hill International Violin Competition and was Prize-winner in the Gianni Bergamo international music award.

Sanghee has performed at the Festival Music Alp, Zeister Musikleben International Chamber Music Festival (Netherlands), Musethica Music Festival Zaragoza (Spain) and Casalmaggiore International Festival (Italy). She has performed with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Buchoen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seoul National University string chamber orchestra. She is currently the 1st Violin Tutti in the Bamberger Symphoniker.

Europe-based Taiwanese pianist Kevin Fan Yu and South Korean violinist Sanghee Ji are both prizewinners in several international competitions as soloists and chamber musicians. Kevin graduated in both solo piano and piano chamber music (Meisterklassenexamen, D. M. A. degree) from the Leipzig Musikhochschule and he is also the accompanist at the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Mendelssohn Akademie. Sanghee is currently studying for her Meisterklassenexamen degree (D. M. A. degree) at the Leipzig Musikhochschule and she is also the 1st Violin Tutti at the Bamberger Symphoniker.