Ah Ruem Ahn's engagements
A busy season for Ah Ruem Ahn - We look at the engagements of our 2016 winner
Earlier this month, Ah Ruem Ahn, the winner of the 15th International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition, performed the Schumann concerto with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christian Vasquez, in Stavanger konserthus, one of Norway's finest concert halls. The concert was the beginning of a busy spring and summer for our Korean winner, with a number of engagements and great networking possibilities.
18-20 May, Ahn will be a festival artist at the Lillenorge festival in Berlin, where German and Norwegian musicians come together in both classical, jazz and crossover projects. The Ah Ruem Ahn and friends concert unites Ahn with some of Norway’s most attractive chamber musicians. Also our previous winner Joachim Carr is a festival artist at Lillenorge, and Carr and Ahn will perform Mendelssohn’s Allegro opus 92 for four hands. What a moment in the history of the Grieg Competition! Lillenorge takes place in Radialsystem, one of Berlin’s leading performance venues.
The Bergen International Festival is the biggest festival in its kind in Scandinavia and takes place from May 23rd to June 6th. The festival has engaged Ah Ruem Ahn to perform Grieg’s piano concerto, which is the festival’s signature piece, with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Edward Gardner. Ah Ruem Ahn will be included among the many great international pianists who have played the Grieg concerto at this particular festival. Our previous winner from 2014, the Norwegian Joachim Carr, was engaged for performing this concerto last year. During this year's festival, Ah Ruem Ahn will also give a recital in Edvard Grieg’s home at Troldhaugen, with Grieg, Schubert, Liszt and Kreisler.
Bertrand Chamayou is the Artistic Director of Lofoten International Piano Festival, which brings together great international pianists like Leif Ove Andsnes, Lise de la Salle, Francesco Piemontesi, Yulianna Avdeeva – and Ah Ruem Ahn. Ahn plays an extensive program during the festival, which takes place in the beautiful area of Lofoten islands in Northern Norway, from July 9th to July 15th. Ahn also performs Grieg’s famous song cycle Haugtussa with Eir Inderhaug, one of Norway’s most acclaimed sopranos.
In August, Ah Ruem Ahn will be back in Bergen and Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen for a whole week of daily Grieg recitals for large audiences. In March 2019 she will perform with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Last year Ahn also gave recitals at Troldhaugen, as well as a big recital at the most prominent venue for piano recitals in Norway, the University Aula in Oslo, famous for its monumental decorations by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.
The list of engagements for the winner of the 2018 competition is still developing. Find an updated list here.