[NEWSFLIX] On July 3rd, at 6 P. M., Pianist Benjamin D. Mun held his piano recital in Na Eum Art Hall, Seoul, Korea.
Mr. Mun played his first solo piano performance after performing multiple concertos over the past years.
In this recital, he played 4 songs: L. V. Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 8 in c minor, Op.13; F. Liszt Liebesträume No. 3 in A-flat major; F. Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23; and F. Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor, S. 224/2.
Mr. Mun embarked on his journey as a pianist at the age of 4. From a young age, he won awards from various competitions and performed with various school orchestras. For example, he accompanied on piano his Seodong Elementary School’s recorder ensemble for Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld Overture.
In high school, he had an impressive performance at La Mirada Theatre in La Mirada, California. He played Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor with Orange County Christian Youth Orchestra. He used this concert as a stepping stone towards performing in Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California. There, he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Orange County Cello Ensemble.
Afterwards, Benjamin returned to Korea and continued utilizing his talents for the good of the communities around him. He participated in numerous student-organized concerts through Tri-M Music Honor Society in his school, played for Sarang Teenage English Ministry’s worship team, and performed at an orphanage.
Presently, he studies music with Yong Kyun Kim, professor in Chugye University’s piano department. With the professor, he studied Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major “Waldstein,” Schumann’s Aufschwung in F minor, and Bach’s Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B-flat major for his college application portfolio. He has recently graduated from Seoul International School and plans to study at Cornell University.
“I have to admit that I feel more pressured this time as I have to lead the performance all by myself as opposed to previous performances in which I played with other talented players,” said Mr. Mun, “But I truly want to share my interpretations of the four songs with the audience through this piano recital.”