2021 CIPC Medalists Byeol Kim & Lovre Marušić
Kim and Marušić will explore the interworkings of the piano duo genre and share their experience working together as a piano duo during the 2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition through conversation and performance. A catered reception will follow this event, with the chance to chat with the presenters themselves.
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Astral Pianist Byeol Kim has earned a reputation for her “ingeniously colorful imagination with stage charisma” (Agata Nowakowska), remarking “hushed performances as an operatic singer on the piano” (Cleveland Classical).
She is a top prizewinner of Cleveland International Piano Competiiton, Paderewski International, Washington International, and others. Her recent appearances with orchestra include The Cleveland Orchestra, Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Poland, Pohang Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. She has performed worldwide, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Teatro Civico in Italy, Flagey in Belgium, Petit Palau Hall in Spain, and Koerner Hall in Toronto. Also a sought-after chamber musician, she has collaborated with Cho-Liang Lin, Jian Wang, Yura Lee, Escher String Quartet, and the Rolston String quartet.
Ms. Kim is passionate about including lesser-known composers in her programming, seeking to broaden the spectrum that music embodies in society. In her US debut, she performed the Piano Concerto by female American composer Amy Beach with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and was acclaimed to “impress with energy and freshness” (The Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy). Ms. Kim performs as a guest artist with Fifth House Ensemble in Chicago, where she is keen to adapt to new formats of chamber music with the goal to communicate with a larger audience.
Ms. Kim received her Artist Diploma as the first candidate ever to be accepted by Jon Kimura Parker at Rice University and holds graduate degrees from Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University. Her creative artistry not only shines through her performances but is also reflected in her projects: recording her insightful repertoires “The mid-length fantasies and literature,” conducting Mozart Piano Concertos from the piano, and visual arts projects. With her exquisite visions, she is gaining more attention as a leader of the new generation.
Lovre Marušić confirmed his international reputation by winning the silver medal at the prestigious piano competition in Cleveland-2021 Cleveland International Piano Competition. He is the winner of numerous significant prizes at prestigious piano competitions, among which the following ones stand out: First prize at 20. International Competition Santa Cecilia in Porto (2018), first prize at the International Competition IMF in Paris (2018) as well as first prize, the commission award and the audience award at the International piano competition Isidor Bajić in Novi Sad (2016).
Marušić took his first piano lessons from Rozarija Samodol in his hometown Omiš. Invited by the famous Russian pianist Natalia Trull, in 2006 he went to Moscow to study at the Central Music School at State Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky, where he graduated in 2011. He started studying at Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Ruben Dalibaltayan and continued in the class of Ljubomir Gašparović, where he graduated. He continues his postgraduate studies at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar in the class of Grigory Gruzman.
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