The excitement of discovering a promising new musician is like hearing your favorite piece of music for the very first time. At Noontime Concerts we believe that gifted emerging artists will shape the future of classical music. And that’s why it is our privilege and our commitment to offering young talented musical artists in the early stages of their careers a chance to play on our concert series.
The Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists provides scholarship-based live performance opportunities for gifted and talented young musicians who are on the threshold of amazing careers. A Noontime Concerts opportunity for these special artists becomes a memorable experience for all of us who are so lucky to see and hear them play.
Emerging Artist Ko-Eun Yi, Piano
Featured Emerging Artist for August 6, 2019
Korean pianist Ko-Eun Yi, a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has earned praise for playing with “élan and fire and a surplus of bravura technique” (Cincinnati Enquirer). She has garnered numerous top prizes in her young career, including First Prize victories at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and the Wideman International Piano Competition in Jackson, Mississippi (both in 2010). The Washington Post applauded her recent debut recital in DC: “a masterful technician… Her finger-work was immaculate, inner voices were keenly drawn out, and there was no lack of power when needed.”
Recent seasons have included concerto engagements with the Midland-Odessa Symphony in Texas (Prokofiev Concerto No. 3) and University of Chicago Symphony (Gershwin Concerto in F). Featured recitals have included appearances at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, Brooklyn Public Library and Florence Chamber Music Series of South Carolina. Additional solo performances include engagements at The Cliburn’s Chopin Festival in Fort Worth, and at Florida’s Atlantic Music Center and the Artist Series of Tallahassee, plus numerous recitals throughout the greater New York area.
She has been featured on WQXR’s long-running Young Artists Showcase program, including a live interview and performance in studio, and she was also invited to participate in WQXR’s June 2016 Chopin Piano Marathon, with a live video stream of her performances of Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 and Scherzo No. 1, followed by later audio broadcast.
The Cincinnati Enquirer praised her Gold medal-winning concerto performance at the World Piano Competition: “…a fantasy world of shimmering sounds and colors. Her playing was at once flawless and dazzling…” Additional recent concerto highlights for Ko-Eun include US performances with the Boston Symphony, Roswell Symphony, New West Symphony, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra, and internationally with the Barcelona Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She has collaborated with such conductors as Lawrence Foster, Leon Fleisher, Christopher Wilkins, and Marcelo Lehninger, as well as Benjamin Zander, with whom she toured South America playing Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with the New England Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
A compelling recitalist, Ko-Eun has given solo concerts around the US at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in NYC, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Bossier ‘Jam’n Bread’ Chamber Series in Shreveport, LA, the Trust Performing Arts Center in Harrisburg, PA and at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, as well as internationally in Spain and Korea. At the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Ko-Eun was also awarded the Victor & Sono Elmaleh Piano Prize.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Ko-Eun Yi began her piano studies at the age of three. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School studying with Jerome Lowenthal and completed her Professional Studies degree with André-Michel Schub at Manhattan School of Music. She has also earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University with Christina Dahl.
The Helen von Ammon Fund for Emerging Artists
Helen von Ammon
August 2, 1922 – January 31, 2014
As an artist, Helen von Ammon was particularly sensitive to obstacles encountered by artists of all persuasions on the path to recognition and success. Whether in the applied or the musical arts, artistic expression can be fettered by commercialism, perceived marketability, and myriad other constraints. The Helen von Ammon Fund was established to provide talented musical artists the chance to express the depth and breadth of their capabilities. So it is with gratitude for Helen’s vision and generosity that Noontime Concerts provides professional musicians beginning their careers with an important performance opportunity as well as exposure and recognition.
Irving M. Klein International String Competition
Since its inception in 1985, the Klein competition of its kind, and has helped launch the careers of many performers. Mr. Klein, who died in 1984, devoted himself untiringly to the development of young artists. He was extraordinarily sensitive to their human as well as musical needs. His friends, colleagues, and students who established the Competition in his memory sought to imbue it with his unusual qualities of empathy with and generosity to young musicians. Parallel to the guiding principles of the Helen von Ammon Fund, the Klein Competition seeks to provide recital opportunities, recognition, and assistance to accomplished musicians in the early stages of their careers. Noontime Concerts has been honored to present Klein Competition winners under the auspices of the von Ammon Fund. We look forward to featuring other Klein artists in the 2016 season.
The Klein Competition takes place each year in June at San Francisco State University and at Herbst Theater in San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.kleincompetition.org. We encourage anyone interested in fostering young musical careers to make a tax-deductible gift to Noontime Concerts designated to The Helen von Ammon Fund. Recitalists are also encouraged to submit a demonstration tape or CD along with a resume for consideration to:
Helen von Ammon Fund
660 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108