Korean Symphony Orchestra
Camille Thomas & Bomsori Kim October 2020 Spain
Since its establishment in 1985, Korean Symphony Orchestra (KSO) has been working to elevate the standing of Korean symphonic music for the past 30 years both domestically and abroad through more than 90 performances annually.
Since concluding an exclusive contract with the National Theater of Korea in 1987, KSO has held regular joint productions with the Korea National Opera, the Korean National Ballet, and the National Chorus of Korea as part of its repertoire. And from 2001, following its designation as the resident orchestra of Seoul Arts Center, it has established itself at Seoul Arts Center as Korea’s leading theater resident orchestra. Like the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, it is the only house orchestra in Korea to possess the know-how and performance experience to stage professional opera house performances such as ballet and opera music. Having held more than 40 annual ballet and opera performances over the years, it continues to solidify and expand its repertoire every year while maintaining an unrivaled reputation in music for ballet and opera in Korea. As the leading performance ensemble in the field of orchestral music, it continues to play regular concerts and special program concerts on the main stages of Seoul Arts Center’s concert hall.
This project is managed in association with IMG Artists
Those familiar with Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto will know that there is no orchestral introduction. The soloist enters on the second beat of the very first bar. So the listener has no time, as in traditional concerto form, to adjust to the tempo, orchestral sound and balance, or absorb any thematic or motific exposition before the soloist comes in. Saint-Saëns gives you a headlong assault. My first reaction was that Camille Thomas, a new name to me, has all the requisite technique and produces a sound I can only liken to drinking hot chocolate: delicious, warming, full of flavour. You know at once you are in safe hands. Hers is a version of this much-recorded concerto I like very much indeed, not least for her subtle and judicious use of portamento throughout.
Camille Thomas, cello
“A new star of the cello is discovered” Jens Rasmussen, DR Radio Denmark 2014
Nominated as Newcomer of the year 2014 by the French-Grammys ‘ Les Victoires de la Musique’, the Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas was chosen by Musiq’3 – RTBF to represent Belgium at the European Broadcasting Union Competition, where she was awarded the 1st price and named “New Talent of the Year 2014”. In 2017 she was awarded an ECHO Klassik Preis and she signed as an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon international, becoming the first cellist signed in 40 Years by the prestigious yellow label.
Camille is conquering the world stage at a staggering pace. Camille already worked with conductors like Paavo Järvi, Mikko Franck, Marc Soustrot, Darrell Ang, Kent Nagano, Stéphane Denève and with orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Academia Santa Cecilia, Sinfonia Varsovia, Staatsorchester Hamburg in the Elbphilharmonie, the Lucerne Festival Strings in the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Brussels Philharmonic, and so on.
Mikko Franck recently invited her to step in for Sol Gabetta with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for a very successful concert praised by all the critics in Hannover.
Bomsori Kim, violin
Winner of the 62nd ARD International Music Competition, Bomsori Kim is internationally regarded as one of today’s most vibrant and exciting violinist.
She is a prize winner of a number of prestigious international violin competitions such as the Tchaikovsky International Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover, the Montreal International Musical Competition and the Sendai International Music Competition,
Bomsori received astonishing success at the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, winning both Second Prize and Critic’s Prize, as well as nine additional special prizes.
In season 2018-2019, Bomsori will be „Artist-soloist–in-residence“ at Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.
The residency will include concerts in Poznan, Berlin (Konzerthaus), Milan (Auditorio di Milano) and Prague (Smetana Hall). Bomsori will make her European Festival debuts at Dvorak Festival Prague (Rudolfinum), Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Festival, Heidelberger Frühling and Gstaad Festival.
Bomsori will also perform for the first time with Tonkunstler Orchestra Vienna and she will make her debut at Suntory Hall Tokyo with Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra.