Introducing to the stage... SUNNY CHENG

Emerging Artists Series

Wednesday, 14th November 2012 - 7.30pm

Sunny Cheng


Scriabin – Deux Morceaux Op. 57
No.1 Désir
No.2 Caresse Dansée

Schubert – Sonata in A Minor Op. 42 D 845
I Moderato
II Andante, Poco Mosso
III Scherzo – Allegro Vivace, Trio – Un Poco Più Lento
IV Rondo – Allegro Vivace

Chopin – Nocturn in Bb Minor Op.9 No.1

Brahms – Fantasien Op.116
No.1 Capriccio
No.2 Intermezzo
No.3 Capriccio
No.4 Intermezzo
No.5 Intermezzo
No.6 Intermezzo
No.7 Capriccio

Ravel – Jeux d’eau

Sunny Cheng was born in Beijing, China in 1991. She began piano lessons at the age of 9, and was forced to stop learning at the age of 12 due to demanding academic requirements. In 2007 Sunny came to New Zealand with a strong desire to return to the piano. At the age of 16, she started studying under Judith Clark. She began her Performance degree in 2010 at NZSM, studying under Diedre Irons. She currently studies with Jian Liu.

Jason Bae Debut Concert Chamber Recital

The blood red background certainly set the scene for what was to be a fiery performance by young Jason Bae.

The Lewis Eady Charitable Trust has been supporting this exciting talent since 2008 and Jason currently has a grand piano on loan from the Trust.

Last Tuesday’s recital (25th September) was a culmination of that support, a huge amount of hard work on Jason’s part as well as the wonderful input from Rae de Lisle - Jason’s teacher and mentor.

I can’t remember the last time I attended a ‘sold out’ solo piano performance at the Concert Chamber but it was a fitting recognition of the progress that Jason has made.

The programme was a ‘tour de force’ and the sort of music you play when you are 20 and have endless energy. For me the favourite was the Rachmaninov Sonata No. 2 which I had had the pleasure of hearing Boris Giltburg perform earlier in the year for the New Zealand International Piano Festival. This is a work seldom performed, so to be able to hear it twice in such a short space of time was refreshing.

I spoke to Jason before, during and after his recital and felt very proud to have been able to assist him thus far.

Well done for a masterly performance and for those of you who couldn’t get tickets (I’ve been dying to say that) the concert was recorded by Radio NZ, so will be going to air at some stage.

Post by John Eady

Sir James Wallace, Rae de Lisle, Christine Choi (Jason's mother) & John Eady pictured with Jason Bae.

Introducing to the stage... SOMI KIM

Emerging Artists Series

Wednesday, 17th October 2012 - 7.30pm

Somi Kim

Beethoven - Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3 (23’)
i. Allegro con brio
ii. Adagio
iii. Scherzo: Allegro
iv. Allegro assai

Ravel - Ondine


Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition


Somi Kim, born in South Korea, Somi began her piano studies at the age of 8, and moved to New Zealand in 1997. After gaining the highest mark in New Zealand for her Trinity Grade 7 Piano Exam in 2000, she continued her tuition in piano with Val Hungerford until the start of her university years.

During her time at Westlake Girls High School where she was Head Music Prefect, she was a member of the award-winning choir ‘Key Cygnetures’. She was the leader of this choir for two consecutive years, gaining her ABRSM Diploma in Advanced Singing. Somi has sung at various European venues, also participating in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, and the World Choral Symposium in 2008 held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Somi has participated in various chamber groups over the years, reaching the national finals of the Secondary Schools in Chamber Music Competition in 2005, and in 2006 her piano trio ‘Farr from Russia’ was placed first in the competition. She has been a finalist in the Auckland Chamber Music Society Competition every year since 2009 in various ensembles, with her unique eight hands, two pianos ensemble ‘Estrella Quartet’ being awarded first place this year. They have played for international pianists Read Gainsford and David Lively in masterclasses both within and outside the University, including the New Zealand International Piano Festival.  In 2011 they presented a complete eight hands concert as part of the University of Auckland, School of Music Emerging Artists series. Performing New Zealand music was a feature of this concert and Leonie Holmes’ A Tedious Brief Scene: Bottoms Dance, a piece she specially rearranged for the group, was premiered. New Zealand composer David Hamilton has also written three works dedicated to this group. The Quartet is the recipient of the University of Auckland Carl and Alberta Rosenfeldt Prize in Chamber Music for 2011 and 2012, and the 2011 Auckland Chamber Music Society Competition Scholarship. Their performances have been recorded by Radio NZ Concert and broadcast on Asia Downunder (TVNZ).

Estrella were the winners of the 6th Pettman/ROSL ARTS International Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble. As a result, Somi has recently toured various parts of the UK over six weeks giving concerts at prestigious venues in England, Wales and Scotland, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She attended the Dartington International Summer School, also receiving lessons from leading teachers at the Guildhall School of Music and Royal College of Music in London.

Aside from chamber music, Somi is active in the field of accompanying and collaborative music. She is currently the official accompanist for the choirs at Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland Girls’ Choir, North Shore Cameratas and North Shore Chorale. She has had repetiteuring work with NBR Opera, Opera Factory, Opera Studio and Auckland University Voice Class, where she played for the 2010 Production of Carmina Burana.

Somi was an intern for the New Zealand Opera School held in Wanganui in January of 2012 and next year she will be attending again as an official pianist. She was the 2011 recipient of the Auckland Centennial Music Festival Scholarship and Auckland University’s Bernhardt and Anne Harrison Scholarship for piano. She also received the Margaret Doone Memorial Piano Sonata Scholarship As the winner of IRMT’s 2011 Sonata Competition.  She performed Rachmaninov’s Variations in the Theme of Paganini at the Town Hall with the University Orchestra as a finalist in the annual University Graduation Gala Concerto Competition.

The 2012 recipient of the Anne Bellam Scholarship, Auckland Centennial Music Festival Scholarship and Auckland University’s Bernhardt and Anne Harrison Scholarship, Somi has finished her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours and is continuing her studies with a Masters in Music majoring in Performance Piano with her teacher Rae de Lisle. She received the Encourgaement Award at this year’s Kerikeri International Piano Festival She will be featuring as a soloist with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra at the end of this month for Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals.  


LOCATION - Lewis Eady Showroom
75 Great South Road, Remuera

Drinks & nibbles from 7pm
Performance commences at 7.30pm

TICKETS - $30 per person / $10 per student

All proceeds go to the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust

Jason Bae in Concert

LECT presents Emerging Artist JASON BAE in his debut Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber Recital.

"An imperturbable soloist…"  The New Zealand Herald

Tuesday, 25th September 2012

Chopin - Preludes Op.28
Bach/Busoni - Chaconne
Rachmaninov - Piano Sonata No.2 Op.36

"Superbly confident… with no fear at all… a masterly performance…"   The Dominion Post

Jason Bae was born in Daejeon, 1991, in South Korea where he began studying piano at the age of 5. He is currently in his Bachelor of Honours in piano performance at the University of Auckland in New Zealand under the tutelage of Ms. Rae de Lisle. In 2007-2011, he has attended the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School under the tutelage of Ms. Ann Schein.

In 2008, Mr. Bae won 1st prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano competition in New York, which gained him a performance at the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall in May 2008. In the same year, he was awarded the New Zealand Young Performer of the Year. In 2009, he won 2nd prize at the Lev Vlassenko International Piano Competition in Brisbane, Australia, where he also received the prize for the best performance of a work by Chopin. In 2010 he won the University of Auckland Gala Concerto Competition, performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1.

Mr. Bae was soloist with the 2010 New Zealand National Youth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mr. Rossen Milanov, performing Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds. He has also made concerto appearances with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra of Australia under the baton of Mr. Marco Zuccarini, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir. William Southgate and Bach Musica. He has given recitals in New York City, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Aspen.

He has performed in the master classes for Claude Frank, John O’Conor, Joan Havill, Piers Lane, John Perry, Noriko Ogawa, Christopher Hinterhuber, Marcella Crudeli, Natasha Vlassenko, Oleg Stepanov, Guillermo Gonzalez, Bryan Sayer, Michael Houston, Tamas Vesmas, Ian Munro, Judith Clark, Read Gainsford and Stephen de Pledge.