Hyo-Joo Lee tackles two monuments of the Romantic literature who subjugates with her impeccable virtuosity.
An ambitious undertaking for the young Korean pianist, who subjugated the audience with her impeccable virtuosity and her fiery temperament at the 2010 Competition. Her mastery of her instrument is obvious here from start to finish. Her Beethoven is beautifully handled, constructed in a truly Classical style: the soloist is given fine support by the Musikkollegium under the direction of Douglas Boyd, and the whole interpretation is a worthy tribute to a towering score.
The Schumann, a stunning suite of dances and episodes reflecting the mischievous yet anxious soul of the young composer, here totally convinces the listener with its bubbling freshness and fluency.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto no.5 op.73 ‘Emperor’ in E flat major
TOTAL TIMING: 67'22
Born in South Korea in 1985, the pianist Hyo Joo Lee began her training at the age of six in the classes of Mi-Kyung Kim and Jin-Woo Chung at the Ye Won School of Arts in Seoul, before going on to study in Paris with Jacques Rouvier, Theodor Paraskivesko and Itamar Golan at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. She was also awarded an advanced concert diploma in the class of Françoise Thinat at the École Normale de Musique. She is currently studying with Mi-Kyung Kim at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hanover.
Before winning the Second Prize, Audience Prize and ‘Prix Coup de Cœur Breguet’ at the 65th Geneva International Music Competition, Hyo Joo Lee began her career at the age of thirteen by winning the Cincinnati Competition (1998) and went on to receive prizes at other international competitions (the Moscow and Japanese Chopin Competitions, the Piano Campus competition, and the Épinal International Piano Competition).
Hyo Joo Lee appears with many European and Korean orchestras and gives recitals all over the world.
Founded in 1629, the Winterthur Collegium Musicum is one of Europe’s most venerable musical institutions. It presents roughly seventy concerts each season, including some fourty in Winterthur itself. The orchestra is an increasingly welcome visitor at major concert series in Switzerland and abroad. Since 2009 its principal conductor has been Douglas Boyd. Among the famous soloists and conductors who value long-term collaborations with the orchestra are András Schiff, Fazil Say, Maurice Steger, Daniel Hope, Thomas Zehetmair, Reinhard Goebel, Heinz Holliger, and Michael Sanderling.
In recent years the Collegium’s exemplary youth work has placed it at the forefront of this field. In addition to its wide-ranging concert programmes it has been involved in publishing projects and recorded CDs, DVDs, and a documentary film.
Douglas Boyd is currently Music Director of Manchester Camerata, Chief Conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Principal Guest Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of City of London Sinfonia. He was born in Glasgow and studied with Janet Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and with Maurice Bourgue in Paris. A founding member and Principal Oboist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe until 2002, he now conducts it on a regular basis.
Douglas Boyd appears with major orchestras throughout the world, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He will return to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2011 for a major two-week project. He also made his conducting debut in Japan with the Nagoya Symphony Orchestra to which he has been re-invited.
Douglas Boyd is fast developing his interest in opera and in 2008 conducted Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne Opera on Tour. In 2009 he conducted Fidelio for Garsington Opera and returned in 2010 for Le nozze di Figaro, when his conducting received critical praise from the national press. He recently made his debut at the Opernhaus Zürich. In 2013 he will appear with Opera North.
The 2010/11 season saw Douglas Boyd conducting the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.