Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music


Sixth Pianofest

January 26, 2020, 2:30pm - Bethel Community Church

Sixth Pianofest

Younggun Kim, piano

Younggun Kim

“…blazing technical capacity and a lush sound supported by a natural phrasing sense” (Timothy Gilligan, New York Concert Review)

Dr. Younggun Kim is a pianist known for his blazing technical capacity and a lush sound supported by a natural phrasing sense (Timothy Gilligan, New York Concert Review), who has performed across North America and Europe. He is active as soloist, and chamber musician; recently he joined his alma mater, University of Toronto, as faculty member. He is also a sought-after adjudicator, having served as Permanent Adjudicator for the Canadian Music Competition, touring 12 cities across Canada.

His solo performances in the 2018-2019 season include recital engagements Vancouver and Toronto, and world-premiere of Walter Buczynski’s piano sonatas. He is also featured in many other chamber music series, including the Korean-Canadian Chamber Concerts, Music Friends in Vancouver, and the Arts and Letters Club recital.

The winner of various prizes including San Antonio International Competition, Concours International de Piano Francis Poulenc and Doctor of Musical Arts Recital Competition at the University of Toronto, he also received various prizes and scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts, University of Toronto, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canadian Music Competition, Shean Competition, the Alice and Armen Matheson Graduate Scholarship, Anne Burrows Foundation and Winspear Fund. Upon completion of the doctoral degree, Younggun was chosen as the recipient of the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award worth $25000, which is the largest award that the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music offers.

He has also been closely involved since 2011 with the Health Arts Society, providing classical music concerts to audiences who no longer can make it to concert halls.

A Toronto-based Canadian citizen from South Korea, he finished his undergraduate degree at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music with Professor Marietta Orlov, Master’s Degree at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University under the guidance of Professor Boris Slutsky and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto with Professor Marietta Orlov.

Benjamin Smith, piano

Benjamin Smith

Described as a “thoughtful and immensely exciting performer” with “scintillating technique”, pianist Benjamin Smith has performed as soloist and chamber musician across both Canada and the United States. He has been a laureate of numerous competitions, including the Dublin International Piano Competition, the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, and the CMC Stepping Stone Competition. Guest appearances include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Ontario Philharmonic, Orchestra London, Symphony-on-the-Bay, the Windsor Symphony, and the University of Toronto’s Hart House Orchestra. As soloist, he has performed under esteemed conductors such as Rossen Milanov and Marco Parisotto, with concertos including rarities such as the Schoenberg Piano Concerto. Festival appearances include Toronto Summer Music, Banff Summer Arts, Stratford Summer Music, Colours of Music, Music Niagara, and New Park (Ithaca, NY). American performances include recitals for the Texas Chopin Society and Chicago’s Landowska Harpsichord Society, as well a world premiere for the Long Leaf Opera Festival in Raleigh, NC. Recent highlights have included Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and a recital with Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist Narek Hakhnazaryan. Current releases on disc include a recording of Saint-Saens, Schumann, and Beethoven with Canadian cellist Dongkyun An, and an album of Native-inspired chamber works featuring Grammy-nominated virtuoso Ron Korb.

Devoting considerable time to chamber music, Ben has been heard nationally in Canada on CBC Radio 2 and Toronto’s Classical 96.3. He has partnered in recital with renowned artists including Martin Beaver, Colin Carr, Jacques Israelievitch, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Wolfgang Redik (formerly of the Vienna Piano Trio), Bartosz Bryla, Mark Fewer, Bonnie Hampton, Øystein Baadsvik, and William VerMeulen, as well as with ensembles such as the Annex and Cecilia string quartets. For two seasons he performed as one-third of the Israelievitch-Smith-Ahn piano trio. Involved with music of our time as well, he is a regular member of the Esprit Orchestra in Toronto, and has worked under prominent conductors Joel Sachs, Steven Schick, and Werner Herbers, as well as with composers John Corigliano, Reinaldo Moya, Chandler Carter, and Alice Hong.

Dr. Smith currently resides in Toronto, working as a lecturer, coach, and collaborator for the Glenn Gould School (GGS) and the Taylor Young Artist Academy at the Royal Conservatory. Previously, he held a position on the piano faculty at the University of Western Ontario, and has also served as an undergraduate piano instructor for the Department of Music at Stony Brook University. His principal teachers included Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl. Along with a DMA from Stony Brook University, he holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the GGS, and a Masters from The Juilliard School.

Sixth Pianofest

January 26, 2020, 2:30pm

Sixth Pianofest

Younggun Kim, Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata Ravel’s ‘La Valse’ - Benjamin Smith,Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Sonata Chopin’s ‘Fantasie Impromptu’


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VENUE: Hiway Pentecostal Church,
50 Anne Street North (MAP)
TIME: 7:30pm

Austrian violinist

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Brilliant Austrian violinist returns

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Voices of Angels

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Voices of Angels

Captivating Hamilton Children's Choir. Zimfira Poloz conducts Canada's Globetrotting sensation


Beethoven Celebration

January 18, 2020, 7:30pm

Beethoven Celebration

Sixth Symphony "The Pastoral". Nurhan Arman conducts Sinfonia Toronto. Exhilarating Triple Concerto. Violinist Xiaohan Guo, Pianist Zhengyu Chen and Cellist Daniel Hass.


The Talent of Youth

February 29, 2020, 7:30pm

The Talent of Youth

University of Toronto Brass Ensemble. Percy Grainger & others. Gillian MacKay conducts


A Night at the Opera

March 21, 2020, 7:30pm

A Night at the Opera

Kerry Stratton conducts The Kerry Stratton Orchestra. La Boheme, Carmen, Don Giovanna, O Sole Mio. Soprano Sara Papini, Tenor Romulo Delgado


Strike up the Band!

April 25, 2020, 7:30pm

Strike up the Band!

A Fun Evening. Return of the Famous Hannaford Street Silver Band. Canada's Award-Winning Professional Brass Band.

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VENUE: Bethel Community Church,
128 St. Vincent Street (MAPS TO VENUES )
TIME: 2:30pm

Mendelssohn and Hummel

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Mendelssohn and Hummel

Trios for Flute, Cello and Piano. Mendelssohn's Cello Sonata 2, Schubert's Flute Sonata.


Gryphon Piano Trio

November 24, 2019, 2:30pm

Gryphon Piano Trio

Beethoven - Brahms Dvořák’s Soaring 3rd Trio


Sixth Pianofest

January 26, 2020, 2:30pm

Sixth Pianofest

Younggun Kim, Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata Ravel’s ‘La Valse’ - Benjamin Smith,Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Sonata Chopin’s ‘Fantasie Impromptu’


Rolston String Quartet

February 9, 2020, 2:30pm,

Rolston String Quartet

Winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Haydn – Beethoven. Schubert’s Compelling “Death and the Maiden"


Schubert's Monumental

April 5, 2020, 2:30pm

Schubert's Monumental "The Trout"

plus Hummel & Dussek Quintets. Pianist Pieter Grobler, Violinist Annette- Barbara Vogel, Violist Raquel Bastos, Cellist Katerina Juraskova, Double Bassist Joseph Phillips


Canada's Treasure Harpist Judy Loman

April 19, 2020, 2:30pm

Kawartha Trio

Canada's Treasure, Harpist Judy Loman with her daughter and son in law, violist Linda Umbrico and clarinetist Ross Edwards. Mozart, Bruch, Debussy, Glick, Kreisler


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