BRANDON, MB – A student from Brandon University (BU) has won silver in a prestigious international music competition and the opportunity to showcase later this year at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Jinsung Kim, who just completed his major in performance at BU’s School of Music, was recently chosen as a top performer in the American Protege International Music Talent Competition Spring 2013, besting applicants from all over the world.
“I was very surprised,” says Jinsung, who submitted a video recording of his performance of the Liszt Transcendental Études to the judging panel. “I just entered for the experience and got it! I didn’t expect this. This is a big opportunity for me.”
BU School of Music professor Kyung Kim says the musical piece is quite challenging. “Liszt initially wrote these as display items for his own formidable technique, and revised them a number of times when pianists protested how difficult the Études were.”
Jinsung began his musical studies in Korea but enrolled in BU’s School of Music after his family emigrated to Winnipeg MB. “The School of Music has a great reputation,” he says, “and I want to make music my life.” Jinsung graduated last week and plans to pursue his Master of Music degree at BU in the fall. He will perform at Carnegie Hall in December, 2013.
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