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Three nights of Beethoven sonatas

By Korea Herald

Published : Feb. 13, 2014 - 19:37

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(from left) Pieter Wispelwey, Catherine Cho and Mia Chung (Credia) (from left) Pieter Wispelwey, Catherine Cho and Mia Chung (Credia)
Attention, Beethoven fans! Some of the world’s most highly acclaimed musicians are coming to Korea this month for three all-Beethoven sonata concerts in Seoul.

Scheduled for Feb. 17, 20 and 21 at Seoul Arts Center, the three concerts are a unique chance to indulge in the world of Ludwig van Beethoven through three different instruments ― the piano, violin and cello.

Kicking off the Beethoven bash on Feb. 17 is Catherine Cho, a Korean-American violinist who teaches at the prestigious Juilliard School in the U.S. Praised by the New York Times for her “sublime tone,” she has appeared worldwide as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as in recitals.

She will play three sonatas of the composer ― violin sonatas No. 1, 10 and 7 ― with her Juilliard colleague Robert McDonald on piano.

Mia Chung, another Korean-American musician, will present five of Beethoven’s piano sonatas on Feb. 20, including the wildly popular “Fur Elise” and “Pathetique.” She has performed around the world as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. She is now part of the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

The program for her upcoming Seoul concert features Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101; Rondo a Capriccio in G Major, Op. 129 (“Rage over a Lost Penny”); Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”) and the two above-mentioned pieces.

On Feb. 20, Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey will take the stage, playing all five cello sonatas written by Beethoven. It was through these five compositions that Beethoven made the cello into a solo instrument; before this, it had been used as an instrument for accompanying the piano or violin.

With an impressive tally of international accolades and six award-winning albums under his belt, Wispelwey is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading performers and interpreters of both baroque and modern cello works. For the Seoul concert, he has teamed up with Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson.

The all-Beethoven concerts are being organized by Credia, one of the country’s biggest concert organizers, to celebrate the agency’s 20th anniversary since being founded. A package ticket for all three concerts is priced at 100,000 won for an R-section seat. For more information, visit

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