KMF Concert Series
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7PM
Korean Cultural Service New York
Sponsored by the Korean Cultural Service NY
Bangsool Kim, Soprano
Ryu-Kyung Kim, Mezzo-Soprano
Tyler Wottrich, Pianist
Meet the Artists
- Bangsool Kim, Soprano
Gifted with a lyric coloratura voice of unique beauty and warmth, Bangsool Kim has performed in Korea and America. She is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National council regional audition in New Jersey, Liederkranz Competition, Queens Opera Competition in New York and the JoongAng Daily News Music Competition in Seoul. Recently, She sang for a role of Cio-Cio San from Madama Butterfly and Violetta from La Traviata in Korea. Ms. Kim has appeared numerous concerts including Messiah of Handel, Requiems of Brahms’, Faure’s and Mozart’s, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9. She was as a Lauretta from Gianni Schicchi in Aspen Music Festival under direction of Edward Berkeley and conducting of Julius Rudel. She also has performed as a Pamina from Die Zauberflote, a Donna Anna from Don Giovanni, and a Susanna from Nozze di Figaro, in Korea. She is a director of Ulsan Singers Opera and Ulsan Singers Society which has successfully performed Puccin’s Madama Butterfly in July 2012. A native of Seoul, Korea, Ms. Kim was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. She was a recipient of Bori Grant at the Juilliard School, and a President’s Award and full scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music. She also has had the honor of the participating in the master classes with Luciano Pavarotti and Thomas Hampson at the Juilliard School, and of Kiri Te Kanawa, Charles Ricker, Sherrill Milnes and Licia Albanese at the Manhattan School of Music. Recently, she serves as a full professor at the University of Ulsan, Korea.
- Ryu-Kyung Kim, Mezzo-Soprano
Korean Mezzo-Soprano Ryu-Kyung Kim has delighted audiences with her unique, dark luscious voice and powerful stage presence. Praised for her superb technique and innate musicality, Ms. Kim performs a wide range of roles from Handel, Bel Canto to Wagnerian repertoires. She highlighted her recent seasons with Avery Fisher Hall performances as Alto Solo in Handel’s Messiah with National Chorale and Peniel Concert Choir, Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltz with Great Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, Alto Solo in Mozart’s Requiem and Gala Concerts with Great Mountains International Music Festival in Pyeongchang, Korea, New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alto Solo in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with Staatskapelle Halle in Germany, Fresno Opera debut as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and also her Carnegie Hall performances as Alto Solo in Mozart Requiem and as Alto Solo in Handel’s Messiah. In premier performances of two contemporary operas in 2009 and 2010, Ms. Kim performed the role of Anya in Sheila Silver’s The Wooden Sword and Giuliano in Francesco Cavalli’s Eliogabalo for which she received numerous critical acclaims. Ms. Kim also sang the role of Naomi in Philip Hagemann’s Ruth, Suzuki and Mercédès with Bar Harbor Festival for past two summers, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Boheme Opera New Jersey. She was one of the featured soloists for Korean Embassy of Washington D.C.’s Celebration Concert of the 17th President-elect Myung Bak Lee and also for Sonoco Welcome America! Independence Day Festival in Philadelphia, the biggest independence celebration in the nation. On her first Wagnerian role of Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde with Korean Symphony Orchestra at Seoul Art Center in Seoul, the Korean Music Journal said, “Ms. Kim sang the role of Brangäne with such rich Italian sound and equally succeeded in delivering Wagner’s long phrases with full of German expressions and colors.
Ms. Kim recently earned Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY at Stony Brook, received her Artist’s Diploma in opera from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Voice from Manhattan School of Music where she got a Scholarship Award, President Award and Alumni Award. She has also studied at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel and at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy.
- Tyler Wottrich, Pianist
Pianist Tyler Wottrich has developed a successful and multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and vocal coach. Recently named a fellow of The Academy (a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Institute), Wottrich received the Emerson String Quartet's Ackermann Prize for Chamber Music in 2011 and has performed with Nina Ananiashvili, Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina, as well as with members of the Grammy-winning Choral Group "Sounds of Blackness." He was invited to appear at Marilyn Horne's "The Song Continues" at Carnegie Hall after garnering an honorable mention in the 2011 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Wottrich studied privately with Gail Olszewski and at the University of Minnesota with Lydia Artymiw, from which he graduated summa cum laude with degrees in both music and mathematics. Wottrich is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at Stony Brook University, where he studies with Gilbert Kalish.