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Buffalo Chamber Music Society: 16th season of 'Free Gift to the Community' recitals opens with pianist Ji-Yong

by jmaloni

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Tue, Oct 22nd 2013 07:00 am

The 16th season of free "Gift to the Community" concerts given by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society opens on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. 22-year-old Korean pianist Ji-Yong will perform works by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Ravel and Beethoven. A pre-concert event featuring students from the Buffalo Suzuki Strings' Pianists begins at 2:15 p.m.

Ji-Yong will also perform for residents at Canterbury Woods at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "a gifted, sensitive young pianist who is clearly going places," Ji-Yong has a compelling musical presence. His career began when, at 10, he was the youngest pianist to win the New York Philharmonic's Young Artists Competition, and subsequently played at Avery Fisher Hall under Maestro Kurt Masur. A winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and seven special prizes, Ji-Yong makes his debut recitals in New York and Washington, D.C., this season.

He will also appear this season as soloist with several orchestras in the U.S. and Canada, and perform recitals in Florida, North Carolina, Kansas and Buffalo.

Ji-Yong began playing the piano at age 5. At 9, he came to the U.S. to study at the Music Preparatory Division of Mannes College and later at the Juilliard School's Pre-College. He is currently at the Juilliard School, where he works with Choong-Mo-Kang. 

On radio, Ji-Yong has been featured on NPR's "From the Top." At 16, he appeared in the PBS documentary, "Prodigies and Masters of Tomorrow."

This is a free concert and tickets are not needed. For more information, visit www.bflochambermusic.org.

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