Klara Min

piano
biography

World-renowned concert pianist Klara Min is a Steinway Artist who makes her home in Berlin and New York. Respected also as a thought-leader in music industry, Ms. Min is the founder and artistic director of New York Concert Artists and Associates (NYCA). NYCA serves as a networking organization for musicians to collaborate and create dynamic partnerships with managers, presenters, and other artists.

A native of South Korea, Ms. Min has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe as well as in her home country of South Korea, in some of the world’s most important concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Munich’s Gasteig, the Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin’s Konzerthhaus, Laeiszhalle, Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and South Korea’s KBS Broadcast Hall. She has performed with prestigious orchestras such as Hamburger Kammerphilharmonie, Munich Kammerphilharmonie, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, American Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony, and Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra among others.

Gramophone magazine describes Ms. Min’s recent recording of Scriabin work on the Steinway & Sons record label as, "In short, Min’s finest performances on this gorgeously engineered release will make Scriabin fans sit up and take notice."

Klara Min’s first album Ripples on Water features modern Korean piano music; it was released on Naxos and complimented for “mak(ing) every note count” (All Music). Her second release of a selection of Chopin’s Mazurkas was released on Delos. American Record Guideselected the album as one of six critics’ choices in 2013 raving, “her dynamic control is out of this world”.

In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Min will record Paderewski Polish Fantasy with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra with renowned French violinist/conductor Augustin Dumay. Other engagements include recital tours in Germany, Budapest and New York City, and concerto performances in Hamburg, Germany, Sochi, Russia and Monterrey, Mexico. Klara Min was the recipient of a Samsung scholarship.


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Reviews
On "Scriabin" [Steinway & Sons, STNS30045] Released January 8, 2016
2016-05-01 Gramophone,
"In short, Min's finest performances on this gorgeously engineered release will make Scriabin fans sit up and take notice."
(Jed Distler)
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On Klara Min plays Chopin Mazurkas [Delos 3443] Released March 26, 2013
 Classics Today,
"Min’s superbly controlled technique and formidable coloristic resources. Her liberties command interest in how they point up Chopin's amazing harmonic ideas and increasingly involved contrapuntal textures."
(Jed Distler)
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On Klara Min plays Chopin Mazurkas [Delos 3443] Released March 26, 2013
 Classic FM LONDON,
"FEATURED ALBUM: Brilliant playing…intuitive musicianship...sensitive and polished.
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    (John Brunning)
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    On Pa-mun: Ripples on Water [Naxos 8.572406] Released July, 2011
     American Record Guide,
    "Min plays with the most ravishing piano tone I've heard in the last 50 discs I've listened to, at least! Her dynamic control is out of this world-anyone who can make silk out of dissonance this strong is a top-notch artist in my book. She has a patience that most of these pieces require, and a love for intentional silences…. Anybody's music would be served well by Min's touch.
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      (Stephen Estep)
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      On Pa-mun: Ripples on Water [Naxos 8.572406] Released July, 2011
       Classics Today,
      "…Klara Min's sensitive, colorful, polished, and well recorded performances make a most compelling case for these works.
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        (Jed Distler)
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        On Pa-mun: Ripples on Water [Naxos 8.572406] Released July, 2011
         allmusic.com,
        "Klara Min has done a worthy job of tackling challenging music by the leading composers of her homeland.
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          (V. Vasan)
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          On Pa-mun: Ripples on Water [Naxos 8.572406] Released July, 2011
           Classical-Modern Music Review,
          "Klara Min conveys that sense with beautiful phrasing, a deceptively facile way of handling the difficult pages and a dynamic sense so important to the successful performance of this music.
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            (Grego Applegate Edwards)
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            On Pa-mun: Ripples on Water [Naxos 8.572406] Released July, 2011
             Baker and Taylor CD Hotlist,
            "There is tone poetry and twelve-tone abstraction and expressionist experimentation, and all of it is played both expertly and sympathetically by pianist Klara Min…Recommended."
            (Rick Anderson)
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            On Pa-mun: Ripples on Water [Naxos 8.572406] Released July, 2011
             Music Web International,
            "..Klara Min's piano playing is demonstrably intelligent, technically assured and, where necessary, delicate or muscly.
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              London Wigmore Hall Debut
               Musical Opinion, UK magazine,
              "Architecturally as well as recreatively this was an exceptional performance.
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                (Robert Matthew-Walker)
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                London Wigmore Hall Debut
                 Classical Source LONDON,
                "Poised and poetic, soulful and tenderly enquiring…she plays with sincerity Mazurkas brought out the most of Klara Min's reflective and sensitive side."
                (Colin Anderson)
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                 Korean Concert Society, Washington D. C.
                "...the most talented with uncommonly unique style and strong character...
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                   New York Concert Review,
                  "...a lovely, nuanced tone… genuine expressiveness, excellent technique, exuberance, vitality...she brought out the work's dreamy, romantic atmosphere without becoming sentimental...
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                    (Edith Eisler)
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                     Polish Daily News,
                    "The pianist Klara Min played with a beautiful, rich sound and splendidly performed the motoric passages with vitality...
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                      (Przeglad Polski)
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                       IBLA Times,
                      "pianist Klara Min...performed a very forward and nicely nuanced Liszt etude..."
                      (Jeffrey James)
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