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Mee Hyun Oh (violin), Lydia Kwon (cello), Grace Yeo (piano)

Tue Sep 29th 2015, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ


J. Haydn: Piano Trio in G major, Hob.XV:25 'Gypsy':-

I. Andante
II. Poco adagio
III. Finale: Rondo all'Ongarese. Presto

Frank Bridge Piano Trio Miniatures, H.87-89:-
I. Minuet
II. Gavotte
III. Allegretto

Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1, Op.49:-
I. Molto Allegro agitato
II. Andante con molto tranquillo
III. Scherzo. Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale. Allegro assai appassionato

Artist info:-

Mee Hyun Oh

Mee Hyun Oh (violin) was born in South Korea and began her musical studies by learning the piano at the age of four. It was not until she was thirteen that she started to study the violin. Just one year later, she won the prize at the Ulsan Educational Institution. In 2004, she graduated Kewon High School of Arts. As a student there she played with the school orchestra at Seongnam Art Centre in South Korea.

Mee Hyun is currently based in Great Britain where she completed the Bachelor’s Degree and MA performance degree at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Tomatada Soh and Nicholas Miller.

She has participated in many master classes, including with Tasmin Little, Sibvia Rogenburg, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Thomas Brandis, Alexander Pavlovic, Max Zorin, Jasna Maksimovic and Zvi Zeitlin. She won 1st prize at the North London Music Festival in 2011 and in several other competitions. She has given many solo recitals and also with chamber music ensembles in notable venues such as at Bristol Cathedral and St.George’s Interantional Concert Hall Bristol, St. Marts Church in Portchester, St. Margaret’s Church, St. Sepulchre’s Church and St Dunstan-in-the-West in London.

And she is a regular violinist with the AJSW's own Chamber Music Ensemble.

Lydia Kwon

Lydia Kwon was born in Seoul, South Korea, and started learning the cello at the late age of fifteen after having been inspired by seeing Yo Yo Ma and Jacqueline du Pré. She advanced very quickly and within two years, she passed her grade 8 with distinction and entered Junior Academy. She played for the Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra where she was co-principle cello, performing solo with the orchestra before she went to College. She had master classes with David Strange, Stephen Popov, Raphael Sommers and Rafael Wallfisch. She gained a place at the Royal College of Music, studying cello under Leonid Korokhov and Alexander Boyarsky. During her study at the RCM, she had won prizes at Eastbourne competition, Duke of Deveonshire Prize and Anna Shuttleworth Prize. After leaving the RCM, she continued her studies in PGCE and MA studying music education at Institute of Education and currently works as string tutor at Kingston Music and Arts as well as a class music teacher in primary schools in Surrey.

As a chamber musician she and her friends Meehyun Oh and Songyi Kim formed the Elpis Piano Trio, receiving 1st prizes both at the Kingston Music Festival and Sutton Music Festival in 2012. She also had been playing for AJSW (Anglo Japanese Society of Wessex), such as a Duo recital and in the AJSW Chamber Music Emsemble, where she performs regularly in venues like St. Georges in Bristol and St. Sepulchre’s Chruch in London. She also has been a member of the All Souls Orchestra, Langham Arts for last five years with which she performs regularly, travelling around the UK and Europe.

Grace Yeo

Grace Yeo (piano) was born in Seoul, Korea and commenced her piano studies at the age of four. She then went on to the Yewon School and Seoul High School of Arts whilst appearing frequently as a soloist in Korea. In 2004, she began her undergraduate studies with Professor Hie-Yon Choi as a scholarship student at the Seoul National University and she was invited to perform at the Young Artists Concert Series in Seoul. In 2008, she was awarded the Barbara Stringer Scholarship for postgraduate studies in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she entered the class of Ronan O’Hora and Joan Havill. She was awarded all major music prizes and graduated with distinction holding a Masters’ of Performance degree from Guildhall School, then she was awarded the GSMD Student Fellowship for 2010/11 and 2011/12.

Since becoming the Winner of Beethoven Society of Europe’s Piano Competition in 2009, Grace Yeo has continued to build an international career as one of the outstanding pianists of her generation. She has given recitals and concerto performances throughout Great Britain, as well as in France, Italy, Germany, Finland and South Korea, and always likes to introduce the music to her audience. Grace was a major prizewinner in many competitions including the First Prize in the C.Bechstein-Samick Piano Competition, the First Prize and Audience Prize in the Beethoven Society of Europe’s Piano Competition, the Norah Sande Award Competition, and the Beethoven Prize at the Arcangelo Speranza Competition in Italy, the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and recently the Brant International Piano Competition.

Solo performance highlights for Grace have included her Wigmore Hall debut recital in 2012 and her return in 2013, the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room in Southbank Centre, Bridgewater Hall as a series of Mid-day Concerts Society, Birmingham Town Hall, Kings Place, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James’s Piccadilly, Drapers’ Hall and Salters’ Hall, and her most recent Wigmore Hall recital in December 2013 was described as '…Yeo's programme displayed her talents across a wide variety of styles...' by Michael Church, The Independent, UK and in her Wigmore Hall debut recital in 2012 as '...Ms Yeo declared herself to be a fine artist, with phrasing and a sense of structure that were exceptional...' ‘her performance that was quite captivating, the beauty and expressive nature of the work admirably revealed and her Liszt’s very rarely-encountered Five Hungarian Folksongs S 245 proved a subtle choice…’ by James Palmer, Musical Opinion Magazine.

Her recent concert engagements in 2014/15 throughout the UK, France and South Korea include chamber music concerts at Seoul Arts Centre and her piano concerto appearance with London Festival Sinfonia.
Other highlights include piano concertos with AllSouls Orchestra conducted by Noel Tredinnick to capacity audiences at the Royal Albert Hall, at Birmingham Symphony Hall in the UK and at the Yamaha Concert Hall in Vienna, as a chamber musician, in 2013 she appeared with OPUS Ensemble in Europe tour and invited to perform at Seoul International Music Festival in Korea and Le Moulin des Arts Festival in France. Her first recording DVD/CD, featuring Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto live performances at the RAH, were released on Kingsway Music Records. Her live performances were also appeared in BBC Radio 3 and KBS FM (Korean Broadcast).

Grace is grateful for the invaluable support during her studies from the Leverhulme Trust, the Craxton Memorial Trust, the Marjorie & Dorothy Whyte Memorial Fund, the Concordia Foundation, the Kirckman Concert Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

Grace Yeo’s more information of forthcoming events on

Venue: Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral (photo: Adrian Pingstone)

Bristol Cathedral is situated in the middle of the city at the bottom of Park Street. It was founded in 1140, but was built gradually over a period of 700 years. The Cathedral hosts numerous events and concerts throughout the year. Many of these are open to the public, and some are free, including the regular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.

Visit the Bristol Cathedral website.


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