Taewok Ahn | Saxophone
Yurika Kimura | Piano
Vitali / chaconne
Karen Tanaka / Night bird
Naoki Sakata / Les souffles décousus
Prokofiev / Romeo and Juliet
Andreas F. Staffel / Phat for tenor saxophone (WP)
Admission: free, donations welcome
About Yurika Kimura
Yurika Kimura was born in Hokkaido,Japan on 26 March 1993 and began learning piano at the age of four with Yoko Miyazawa and Noriyuki Miyazawa. She was a pupil of Reiko Kikuchi, Katsunori Ishii and Hironao Suzukiat the Tokyo College of Music (graduated in 2015). She is currently studying with Markus Groh at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She received a scholarships from the Yamaha Music Foundation(2012-2014), and Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan (2017-2018).
Yurika has won many prizes, including First Prize and F.Liszt special prize at the 4th ASEAN International Concerto Competition in Jakarta(2011),Silver medal in the Professional Category at the 13th Chopin International Piano Competition in ASIA(2011). Finalist of the 36th PTNA Piano Competitionin Tokyo(2012). She took part in the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw(2015). She won First Prize at the 8th Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition in Vienna(2016).Fifth Prize atthe 6th Svetislav stančić international piano competition in Zagreb.
She has performed on many recitals and concerts in Japan, as well as in France, Russia, Canada, Spain, Poland, and recently in Germany and Austria. In 2012 she played the chamber music with the Warsaw String Quartet in Tokyo. In 2014 She performed at the Seoul International Music Festival Fringe Concert(South Korea). Major concerto performances include with the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
About Taewook Ahn
Taewook Ahn’s repertoire offers a wide range of musical styles, from baroque, to classic and romantic works, all the way to contemporary music.
Born in Osaka (Japan), Taewook graduated from Soai University in Osaka with a Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone with Prof. Masahiro Maeda and Suwako Iwata. At this time, he joined the Mi-Bemol Saxophone Ensemble, participating in recordings and concerts all over Japan.
In 2012, Taewook decided to continue his studies in Europe and moved to France to develop his musicality and technique. At first, he studied with Prof. Nicolas Prost at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Saint-Maur and later with Prof. Sylvain Malezieux.
He then moved to Lyon to study with Prof. Jean-Denis Michat at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Lyon, graduating with a diploma (DEM) with mention "très bien". Whilst in Lyon, Taewook was part of the ensemble L’artisanat furieux, which performed a number of concerts in Lyon and in 2013 went on tour to Algeria.
He went on to Brussels, where he completed his Master’s degree at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles with Prof. Alain Crepin and Simon Diricq, during which time he also participated at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg.
As part of the Erasmus Programme, Taewook moved to Vienna to join the class of Prof. Lars Mlekusch at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. There, he took part in the Vienna Saxfest 2016, performing at the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus and the Belvedere Museum.
It was at this time, when his interest in chamber music intensified and he decided to continue his postgraduate studies at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (mdw), with teachers of musical instruments other than the saxophone, namely Prof. Gottfried Pokorny (bassoonist at Tonkünstler Orchester) and Prof. Avo Kouyoumidjian (pianist).
Taewook has been the first ever saxophonist to be accepted at mdw’s chamber music class.