Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe
Saint Vincent Concert Series
Yoonah Kim, clarinetist • KEVIN AHFAT, PIANO
Tickets: $26 per person | Season tickets: $117 per person | Flex Pass (any six admissions $125 each) | Telephone 724-805-2177
Clarinetist Yoonah Kim is earning recognition as a young artist of uncommon musical depth and versatility, performing works ranging from Johannes Brahms to Jorg Widmann. Winner of the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competiton, this Korean-Canadian artist is the first solo clarinetist to win the award in three decades. Born in Seoul and raised in British Columbia, Kim holds a master of music degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor of music degree from the Mannes College of Music at the New School, where she studied clarinet under Charles Neidich.
Her program is titled “Dear Clara” and will include Schumann: Fantasiestuck Op. 73 (11); Clara: Selections from Clara Schumann Songs; Schumann: Sonata in A minor (transcribed by Yoonah Kim) (16). Following intermission she will play Clara: Three Romances (12); and Brahms: Sonata no.2 in Eb Major (26).
Yoonah Kim will be accompanied by pianist Kevin Ahfat, who completed principal studies at the Juilliard School in New York under the tutelage of Joseph Kalichstein and Stephen Hough and recently finished his time in-residence as a Rebanks Fellow at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He is a grateful recipient of a 2019 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.
A Canadian, Ahfat gave the North American Premiere of Saint-Saëns’ Third Sonata for Cello & Piano, recently published by Bärenreiter-Verlag. In anticipation of this, he filmed and produced a mini-documentary titled Soirée pour Camille, a short film documenting the historical context of the work, the artistic partnership of Ahfat & Herlin, and their joint exploration of French music. Continuing his dynamic exploration of music in-tandem with film, he recently partnered with Riddle Films to release a cinematic performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition filmed live at Toronto’s Koerner Hall.