Mariya Kim (First Prize 2008 Seoul International Music Competition)
Robert Schumann's Studien and Konzert-Etuden transform Paganini's violin Caprices into stunningly virtuoso pieces for piano. Containing the hidden 'voice' of his beloved Clara, the Humoreske Op 20 is filled with contrasts Schumann expressed as 'composing and writing and laughing and crying, all at the same time'. Ukrainian pianist Mariya Kim has gained global recognition through prizes including the Horowitz, Paderewski and China Shenzhen International Piano Competitions and the Seoul and Jose Iturbi International Music Competitions. Her achievements have also brought her a Yamaha Foundation Award.
Schumann Studien nach Capricen von Paganini Op 3, Sechs Konzert-Etuden nach Capricen von Paganini Op 10, Humoreske Op 20