François Fernandez, Yun Kim

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François Fernandez, whose parents were both musicians (Jazz and Classic), was born in Rouen in 1960. While pursuing classic modern violin studies, he took up the baroque violin at the age of 11. He studied with Sigiswald Kuijken in The Hague (Soloist Diploma, Royal Conservatory 1980) and soon became his teacher’s closest collaborator.

At the age of 17 he entered in La Petite Bande and became as concertmaster in 1986. At the same time, he worked with the best baroque orchestras of the epoch, most often as leader or soloist: The Orchestra of the 18th Century (Frans Brüggen), La Chapelle Royale (Philippe Herreweghe), Melante 81 (Bob van Asperen) and Les Arts Florissants (William Christie).

For the last 20 years, François Fernandez has devoted himself to chamber music. Not only as a violinist but also on violino piccolo, viola, viola d’amore, viola da gamba and violoncello da spalla.

As a chamber musician, he has participated worldwide at the most important festivals with the Ricercar Consort, the Kuijken brothers, the Hantaï brothers, Ryo Terakado, Glen Wilson, Yves Rechstainer, Marcel Ponseele, Boyan Vodénitcharov, Benjamin Alard, Enrico Gatti, Rainer Zipperling, Sophie Gent, and many other prominent musicians.

His solo recitals, most notably with the Sonatas and Partitas of Bach, were heard by international public, through internet live broadcast.

Moreover, he appears as a conductor; recently he was invited by Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Orquesta de Cámara Valdivia in Chile, Orchestre Baroque de Nice, Theater Aachen and Bremer Barockorchester in Germany. Under his baton, Ricercar Consort won the prize from « La Nouvelle Académie du Disque » in France 1994, on the recording of Terpsichore Musarum by Praetorius.

His discography encompasses more than a 100 recordings, among them the complete of Bach was selected as « Best Classical CD of 2003 » by Prelude Klassiek in Nederland and the Sonatas of Leclair for Astrée-Auvidis-Naïve was rewarded « Editors Choice » by Grammophone, also « FFFF » by Télérama. On this CD, Diapason commented « Danse après danse, le violon hyper-sensible de François Fernandez manifeste une vocalité exemplaire ».

In 2002, François Fernandez founded the recording label FLORA with Philippe Pierlot and Rainer Zipperling.

He had taught at Conservatoire Régional de Toulouse, Musikhochschule Trossingen, and several masterclasses in Santiago(Chile), in Taipei(Taiwan), and in Helsinki (Finland). Since 1998, he has been teaching at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and in 2009 became the successor of Sigiswald Kuijken at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. And since 2018, he joined at IMEP.

Violinist Yun Kim began her studies at prestigious preparatory institutions such as Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School in her hometown, Seoul, Korea. And she continued education on classical music in Seoul National University and completed at Northwestern University in the States with Blair Milton, former concert master of Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

As a classical violinist, in addition to working on her degrees, she built experiences in diverse musical activities. As a member of Civic Orchestra of Chicago, for example, she played under the batons of world’s renowned musicians such as Pierre Boulez, Pinkas Zukerman, and Andrey Boreyko. She continued working with ensembles, including an early music ensemble at the University. She actively performed, giving several recitals in Evanston, Illinois.

When she returned to Korea after her studies abroad, these experiences allowed her to become one of the most active members in its chamber music scene. Starting in 2007, she participated in a musical project titled, “Musica Glorifica.” Pursuing her long-term interest in historically informed performance practices, she joined a number of projects with violinist Jin Kim and other baroque music specialists. This work inspired her to go abroad again in 2010, this time in Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, to study baroque violin with François Fernandez and she received her master’s diploma with honor, ‘cum laude’ in 2016.

Having been living in Brussels for more than eight years, she has been appeared all over the world as a soloist (Concerto in D Major by Pisendel, Concerto for Violin and Keyboard by Haydn, both in Brussels), recitalist (Brussels, St. Paul, Seoul), chamber musician (Duet with François Fernandez in Brussels, Soiron, Ad Parnassum in Brussels, Applausus in Brussels, Utrecht, Roma, Musica Glorifica in Seoul, Busan, Gwangju and St. Paul) and as a leader of the orchestra under the direction of Baroque masters such as Paul Dombrecht, François Fernandez and Peter Van Heyghen.

She keeps working with number of ensembles such as La Petite Bande and Aspetti Musicali in Belgium, Concerto Barocco in Netherlands, Arte Madoline in Luxemburg, Miszla Baroque Orchestra in Austria, and Formosa Baroque Orchestra in Taiwan.

She plays also the viola, the viola d’amore, the violino piccolo and recently, the violoncello da spalla.

Yun Kim considers it a great privilege to have had studied and performed in three different continents. This, she believes, “has allowed for garnering a richer and broader perspective in music and life than I would have otherwise. I trust this “awareness” is evident in my music somehow, and I hope that I am sharing it with my listeners.”

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