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Join Monterey Symphony’s 68th season — a Season of Discovery — On February 21, 22 and 23rd For Innovation Kun Woo Paik lends his passion and virtuosity to one of the most challenging piano concerti written

MONTEREY, CA  (January 2014) — The 68th season of the Monterey Symphony offers what’s sure to be a rich season filled with exploration, musical encounters and treasures that emerge across the canvas of the stages at Steinbeck Institute for Arts and Culture at Sherwood Hall in Salinas and Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman invites you to join the Monterey Symphony with your 2013-’14 Passport to musical discovery!


·         February 21, 22, 23

·         Performances in Salinas and Carmel

·         Innovation may arrive in many forms, be it harmonic/melodic as in Dvořák’s popular Symphony No. 8 in G Major, in technique as in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto, or in nationalistic style as Denmark’s leading composer Carl Nielsen evokes in Aladdin. The internationally-celebrated Korean pianist Kun Woo Paik lends his passion and virtuosity to one of the most challenging piano concerti written. Inspired by Bohemian folk theme’s Dvořák’s lively and triumphant Symphony No. 8 brings hummably-familiar joy to the end of a great orchestral program.

·         Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

·         Kun Woo Paik, piano

·         Concert Program:

Carl Nielsen, Aladdin (two movements), Op. 34 Oriental Festive March and Blackamoor's Dance

Sergei Prokofiev, Concerto for Piano No. 2

Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No. 8, G Major, Op. 88

Background on Kun Woo Paik, Piano

Kun Woo Paik is greatly admired for his passionate and virtuosic playing. Born in Seoul, Kun Woo Paik’s first concert was at the age of ten performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Korean National Orchestra. At the age of fifteen, Kun Woo Paik moved to New York to study with Rosina Lhevinne at the Julliard School and with Ilona Kabos in London. Paik is the winner of the Naumburg award and Gold Medalist at the Busoni International Piano Competitions. His international career took off following his first New York appearance, in which he performed complete piano works by Maurice Ravel at the Lincoln Center, and his orchestral debut at the Carnegie Hall.

In 1974, Paik made his European debuts with three consecutive recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London, followed in 1975 by a recital in Berlin’s Philharmonie. Since then he has closely collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Long Yu, Sir Neville Marriner, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Jiří Bĕlohlávek, Dmitri Kitaenko, James Conlon, John Nelson, Eliahu Inbal and Antoni Wit, and performed with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Symphony, Hungarian National, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam and Warsaw Philharmonic. He is also performed at festivals including Berliner Festwochen, Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Colmar, Montreux, Dubrovnik, Aldeburgh and Moscow Easter Festival. He was the first Korean artist to be officially invited by the Chinese government in October 2000.

Recent and upcoming concerts include performances with Zubin Mehta and Israel Philharmonic, Paavo Järvi and Orchestre de Paris, John Nelson and Basel Symphony, Marc Albrecht and Danish National Symphony and Eliahu Inbal and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, and recitals in France, Italy, Hong Kong, China and Japan.

Kun Woo Paik’s numerous recordings include Scriabin, Liszt, complete works for solo piano by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov’s complete piano concerti and Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (under Vladimir Fedoseyev for BMG). His complete Prokofiev piano concerti recording received both Diapason d’Or of the year and Nouvelle Académie du disque awards in France.

To celebrate JS Bach’s memorial year in 2000, he recorded Busoni’s transcriptions of Bach’s organ works followed by an album of Fauré’s Piano works, which won all the major prizes in France. He recently released the complete works for piano and orchestra by Chopin with Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Kun Woo Paik has recorded all thirty-two Sonatas by Beethoven for Decca.

“Paik’s sense of drama, his wit, mastery of nuance, thoughtfully weighted chords and fleet-fingered virtuosity, all are remarkable.” (Rob Cowan, The Independent)

Kun Woo Paik lives in Paris with his wife, Korean film-star Yoon Jeong-hee, where he is the Artistic Director of the Festival International de Musique de Dinard, France and was made the “Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres” by the French Government in 2000.

The Facts:

·         Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ($20; all seats general admission) at Steinbeck Institute for Arts and Culture at Sherwood Hall, Salinas

·         Saturdays at 8 p.m. ($29-$79) and Sundays at 3 p.m. ($29-$9 at Sunset Center, Carmel-by-the-Sea

·         Pre-Concert Lecture Series: All concerts will feature a free pre-concert lecture one hour prior to the performance. These lectures, provided by Dr. Todd Samra, offer intriguing facts and historical context about the composers and the pieces to be performed, which greatly enhance the concert-going experience. To learn more about Dr. Samra, click here:

·         Enjoy the best of harmony for your ears, and flavor for your palate, with the Monterey Symphony Supper Club! Enhance your journey by participating in this program hosted by four Carmel restaurants, including a delicious three-course meal complete with hand-selected wines. Restaurants include: Andre’s Bouchee, Il Fornaio, Grasing’s and Anton & Michel. To learn more or to make reservations, go to

·         To make a reservation call 831-646-8511 or go to  to request your Monterey Symphony Passport and Map of Discovery for a chance to win fabulous prizes throughout the season!

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