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Acclaimed Pianist Jung-Ja Kim Makes Middlebury Debut on College’s New Steinway Piano

August 4, 2014

January 12 Recital Features Romantic Era Program of Works by Ravel and Rachmaninoff

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Middlebury, VT—Korean-born, Boston-based pianist Jung-Ja Kim—whose playing is described by the Boston Globe as “arresting,” “a virtuosity of imagination,” and “musical advocacy of a high order”—has won critical acclaim in the United States, Europe, and the Far East for her musical brilliance and insight. On Sunday, January 12, Kim will make her debut on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, performing Romantic era works by Ravel and Rachmaninoff on the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ new Steinway concert grand piano.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Kim made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall as a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was winner of the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition. The New York Times called her debut “brilliant playing, a vibrant, compelling performance.” As a recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant, she toured in France, Switzerland, England, Holland, Norway, and Germany. In the United States, Kim has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jordan Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Merkin Hall. Orchestral engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, and the Czech National Symphony.

Kim has released four compact discs featuring the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes, the Chopin piano concerti, and solo piano works by Ravel and Mozart. She is on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory.

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Kim’s recital is also noteworthy as the first Performing Arts Series recital on Middlebury College’s new piano. In November, the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall welcomed a new Steinway model D concert grand piano, a gift of the Ray, Meredith, and Nathaniel ’12.5 Rothrock family in honor of President Ron Liebowitz and his wife Jessica. “Kim’s romantic era program—with its expansive use of tone color, dynamics, and chromaticism—will perfectly showcase our new piano’s key attributes: a responsive action, a delicate pianissimo range, and its warm, even tone,” says Allison Coyne Carroll, associate director of the Performing Arts Series.

The concert by Jung-Ja Kim will take place on Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 3:00 P.M., in the Concert Hall of Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.