The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center presents internationally acclaimed violinist Cyrus Forough in recital with pianist Sung-Im Kim on Friday, October 14. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Davis, 2301 First Street, in the River District, downtown Fort Myers.
Cyrus Forough is a laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition. He has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout four continents, including broadcasts on radio and television and command performances for international dignitaries. As winners of the USIA’s National violin/piano Duo Competition with his wife, Steinway Artist Carolyn McCracken, they toured the Far East and South America, representing the United States as Artistic Ambassadors. They have performed at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, The National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Kennedy Center.
As an artistic ambassador, Forough also held Master Classes, and he has been a faculty member in many summer camps, including Indiana University String Academy, The International Music Festival for the Performing Arts in Canada, and Academie Internationale de Musique de Montpellier.
In London, England, he was presented with the World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media Award in recognition of his contributions to classical music and education. Mr. Forough is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, an artist faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy for Gifted, and is visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music.
Sung-Im Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She started playing the piano at the age of seven, and two years later won first prize in a national competition. By the age of fifteen, she had her debut as a soloist with the Seoul National Philharmonic Orchestra.
She went on to win the Eum Ak Chun Chu and Jung-Ang competitions, amongst the most prestigious in Korea. Prizes in international competitions in the U.S., U.K. and Italy followed. After obtaining a degree in Seoul and continuing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Sung-Im Kim came to the United States. Here she studied at Texas Christian with Jose Feghali and obtained a Master’s Degree at Carnegie Mellon University under Enrique Graf.
She is currently a studio pianist with Cyrus Forough at Carnegie Mellon and a piano instructor at the Preparatory School.
The program for the evening includes:
- Sonata in D Major, Tambourin, by Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
- Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 V. Ciaccona, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
- Sonata for Piano and Violin in G Minor, L. 140, by Claude-Achille Debussy (1862-1918)
- Subito, for Violin and Piano, by Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
- “Baal Shem” (From Three Pictures of Chassidic Life), by Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)
- Tzigane, by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937).
Tickets for the recital are $20 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, please call 239-333-1933 or visit www.sbdac.com.