Singapore Violinist Performs In Prestigious Haom Art Hall, Seoul


Highly talented and accomplished violinist Kam Ning will take centre stage at Hoam Art Hall, one of Seoul’s most prestigious, on 12 Jan 2004.  In doing so, she will be the first Singaporean to join the ranks of celebrated virtuosos who have graced the hall, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Midori, Isaac Stern, Sarah Chang and Maxim Vengerov.


South Korea is known for its exceptional standard of music showcases and Hoam Art Hall regularly presents winners of the Queen Elizabeth Music Competition. Only four musicians have been selected for this year’s concert series and Miss Kam will be opening it with her interpretation of Schubert’s Rondo, Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 96, Messian’s Praise to the Immortality of Jesus and Coriliano’s Sonata for Piano and Violin. She will be accompanied by acclaimed British pianist Carole Presland. 


Recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2000, Miss Kam was first given violin lessons at the age of six by her violinist and composer father Kam Kee Yong. In 1987 she received scholarships from the Lee Foundation and Shaw Foundation to study in the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she attended lessons and masterclasses conducted by Lord Menuhin himself and even collaborated with him in chamber and orchestral performances. In her second year at the school, she played at the Royal Festival Hall with the Wren Orchestra of London and appeared in the popular British television programme, Blue Peter. Kam Ning has since performed with many orchestras including the royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the City of London Sinfornia and the Luxemburg Philharmonic. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Masters of Music Degree and an Artist Diploma in 2001.


Kam Ning has given recitals in England, Singapore, Canada, Switzerland and the US, and clinched many international awards, among which is the first prize in the junior section of the Folkestone Menuhin International Violin Competition in 1991 and to date, the culmination of her achievements - the second prize Prix du Gouvernement Fédérale Belge Eugéne Yaaye in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium in 2001. 


NAC is delighted to have been able to provide the travel grant for Miss Kam for this significant performance, presented by CREDIA (Creative Media for Artists and Audience), one of South Korea’s leading concert management agencies.