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HYUNG-KI JOO, piano

Hyung-ki Joo was born. He is British, but looks Korean, or the other way around, or both...Hyung-ki is the only Korean Jew, (spelt J-O-O) in the world. He has performed at the White House, in a red house, and sadly not with Bernhard Greenhouse. However, Yankee Jew, has performed with luminaries as diverse as Larry Adler, Gidon Kremer, Yehudi Menuhin, Yoko Ono, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Gershwin (after Gershwin's death), Arturo Toscanini (with a Music Minus One CD), and Nicolo Paganini (during a dream which then changed into a scene from an Indiana Jones Movie, as dreams do).

 

Hyung-ki has small hands, ("But Only Hands Small!", Joo exclaims),and therefore finds some piano repertoire quite difficult to play, such as the music of Rachmaninov, who had Big Hands. Anyway, even with this small hindrance, he loves to perform chamber music with fellow artists such as Renaud Capuçon, Thomas Carroll, Michael Collins, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky, and Julian Rachlin, and happily performs recitals and also concertos with orchestras that include the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Warsaw Sinfonia, and the "Con-fessional" Orchestra. He also has a passion for teaching and has taught at institutions that include the Yehudi Menuhin School and Guildhall School of Music, although his passion does sometimes lead to screaming in an unintelligible language.