Pianist Min-Jung Kym announces the release of a new digital-only charity album on Signum Classics to raise money for the Foundation of France’s Ukraine fund. The album features a live recording of Kym’s Concert for Ukraine which took place in Paris last month, which also raised money for the fund. All revenues from the recording will be donated directly to the Foundation.
Min-Jung Kym said: “Each day since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we have witnessed the horrors of this war. Music brings people together. It is one of the most important elements of human culture and this has been powerfully and movingly demonstrated with orchestras around the world playing the Ukrainian anthem to show their support. I wanted to give this concert and record this album because what we cannot do on the frontlines of this war, (and we have seen how Ukrainian artists have turned to soldiers), we can at least through music show support and transmit some hope. Musicians have long played a role in helping people cope with the physical and psychological devastation of war and that’s why raising funds through this album is so important for me, to show that we are aware of the sufferings and to do what we can. I am truly grateful to Signum Classics and everyone who gave their time and support in producing this album.”
The programme constitutes a journey across Europe through Germany, Poland and France before arriving in Ukraine with Mussorgsky’s Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition. The Schumann was then performed as an encore before an audience including ministers for foreign affairs from the European Commission, local mayors and the Ukrainian Ambassador.
Concert for Ukraine [piano]
 Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1. Prelude in C major BWV 846
 Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23
 Schumann: Kinderszenen Op. 15 No. 1 Von fremden Ländern une Menschen
 Brahms: Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 2
 Debussy: Suite bergamasque – Clair de Lune
 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition – The Great Gate of Kiev
 Schumann: Kinderszenen Op. 15 No. 7 Träumerei
Min-Jung Kym piano
Min-Jung is a Franco-British pianist and as a Steinway Artist, has a growing reputation for bringing innovation, fresh quality and musicianship to her performances. Min-Jung has performed internationally at many leading venues including the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St. John Smith’s Square, De Montfort Hall, Brighton Dome, the Queen’s Theatre, Abbaye de Fontfroide, the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Heifetz Society in Los Angeles, Cheltenham Festival, Holders Festival (Barbados), Broadwood International Festival, Albeniz Festival (Comprodon, Spain), as well as the Chichester Festivities. Other venues include performances at the Emilie Bustani Hall in Al Bustan, Lebanon, the Salerno Opera House (Italy), the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Gran Canaria, Palais de Chaillot, Salle Gaveau and UNESCO in Paris, The Princess Galyani Concert Hall in Thailand and the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea.
Min-Jung is actively engaged in bringing awareness of the benefits of music therapy and has co-written a book with the eminent cancer specialist and oncologist, Dr. Alain Toledano, entitled “La musique pour dépasser le cancer” published in 2021 by Hermann Editions.
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