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Press | Radio New Zealand

September 18, 2018

Mentioned by Radio NZ Upbeat as one of ten successful young Kiwi musicians

"South Korean-born New Zealand pianist Somi Kim is a highly accomplished collaborative pianist working in the UK. Among her long string of accolades is 2017 winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Accompanist Prize, and the Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists. Somi works with singers and instrumentalists in all sorts of contexts: coaching and competitions, masterclasses, chamber music, opera and more. In October she'll be a guest performer with NZTrio."

Review | The Press NZ

June 25, 2018

Review of NZTrio's recital at the Piano, Christchurch, June 21, 2018

"...so totally in tune with one another's interpretive approach and style were they. While each demonstrated considerable character and individuality, their interplay and musical conversation was simply thrilling in its unity, commitment and vitality."

Review | The Press UK

July 24, 2017

Review of the Shiner/Privett/Kim Ryedale Festival Recital at St Hilda’s, Sherburn

 

"Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes made a pleasing opener, its moods alternating between darting staccatos and wistful slower sections. There was much finesse from both players in Mozart’s Divertimento in B flat, K.439b, an arrangement of jottings for three basset horns."

Interview | WCOM

November 01, 2016

Yeoman Interview with the Worshipful Company of Musicians

Review | Artsdesk

November 03, 2016

Review of the Final Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse Concert at the Holywell Music Room

 

"The two highlights with the most nuance came just before that sequence from the Norwegian tenor Eirik Grotvedt in a rapt “Nachtlied” and engaging lyric soprano Harriet Burns charting the secret rapture of Wolf’s “Anakreons Grab”. Top prize for the most promise in that half of the afternoon would have to go to their pianist, Somi Kim."

Review | NE:MM

October 29, 2016

Review of Samling Academy Concert at Sage Gateshead

 

"Samling Artist Somi Kim led a successful ensemble performance of Vaughan Williams’ ‘Full Fathom Five’ – worthy of mention for the trickiness of this setting of words from The Tempest."

Review | Herald Scotland

August 11, 2016

Review of Bach for Breakfast, Edinburgh Fringe, ROSL

"Accompanied again by Kim, Bach’s Violin Sonata no 3 in E major had an infectious, playful quality, with a perfect balance between the two instruments..."

Review | The Westmorland Gazette

December 17, 2015

Review of Kendal Midday Concert Club Recital

"Somi, virtuoso page-turner, the perfect partner and technically stunning was always breathing and phrasing with him and exhibiting an enormous range of colour and tone. Never did she wrongly dominate, her instinct for correct balance being impregnable. Her realisations of two Brahms Intermezzi were just divine."

Review | New Zealand Double Reed Society

July 21, 2015

Review of Graham Young Youth Theatre at Graham Young Youth Theatre Tauranga, Chamber Music New Zealand Tour

"The Fabulous Four... are already fully-fledged virtuosi. They all possess outstanding instrumental techniques, wonderful ranges of tone colours and the rare ability to make genuinely difficult music sound easy. Moreover they are all good to look at, and play with a truly infectious enthusiasm."

Review | The Times

January 12, 2015

THE TIMES Review on Park Lane Group Kowalczyk-Kim Duo Recital

"...a great performance of a great work, powerfully argued and animated with a breathtaking range of colour, tone and inflection... the duo’s dynamic control was formidable. The danse macabre rhythms of the Allegro and audacious, aching lines of the Andante were fearlessly and faultlessly executed."

Review | Classical Source

January 08, 2015

Review of the Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series

"Better then to focus on the performance of the Sonata, which was quite outstanding, the Kowalczyk-Kim Duo... simply superb regarding commitment, musicianship and technical command. And just to prove how important a discernible personality is in music, Karol Szymanowski provided it, special from the off with the sultry yet charged invitation to his Nocturne and Tarantella (1915), shimmering music of atmosphere and passion culminating flamboyantly. This extravagant music was, once again, given a fabulous rendition."

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