The Frankfort Arts Foundation will present pianists Jae Won Kim and Mark Tollefsen in concert 7 p.m. Friday in Bradford Hall at Kentucky State University.
The Foundation will present its FAF Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award to Rae L. Vansant at the concert.
Kim is a concert pianist and chamber musician. She is the fulltime staff accompanist for the Division of Fine Arts at KSU.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Korean National University of Arts. She is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Kim was a first-prize winner in the Lee Biennial International Piano Competition, a prizewinner in the World International Piano Competition in Cincinnati, a laureate of the Florida and Louisiana International Piano Competitions, and attended the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival as an invited fellow.
As winner of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s Concerto Competition, Kim performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the CCM Philharmonia and the Montgomery/Blue Ash Symphony Orchestra. In Korea, she received the Grand Prix in the Korean Young Student Music Competition and second prize in the Korean Music Society Competition.
Tollefsen is a concert pianist and an Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory at KSU.
Since debuting with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at 15, Tollefsen has fashioned an international career as both a soloist and chamber musician, performing in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russia and the Czech Republic as well as across the United States.
His performances have been presented within numerous concert series and festivals, collaborating with Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird, as well as members of the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. He has recorded for Ablaze Records and Rick Sowash Publishing.
As the pianist for the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Chamber Players, he has played concerto performances, including in an appearance at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and as part of the University of Cincinnati’s 2011 Chamber Music Series. Other concerto engagements have occurred with the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony, the Washington University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Accent09 Ensemble, and the Queen City Quartet.
Tollefsen is a strong advocate of new music. This advocacy has included performances of nearly 100 works by living composers and more than a dozen world or regional premieres.
A native of St. Louis, he received a bachelor of arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master of music degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate.
Kim and Tollefsen are married.
Kim will play “Valse Impromptu” by Liszt, “Caprice Italien Francis Poulenc,” Sonata in C Major, K. 300” by Mozart, “Etude in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 39, No. 3” by Rachmaninoff, “Prelude in B Major, Op. 22, No. 3,” “Prelude in B Major, Op. 37, No. 3,” Prelude in F-Sharp Major, Op. 37, No. 2” by Scriabin.
Tollefsen will perform “Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2” by Beethoven, “Sonatina Canonica” by Dallapiccola.
Together they will play “Overture” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Mendelssohn and “The Socerer’s Apprentice” by Dukas.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for full-time students and children. They are on sale at Nature’s Way Health Foods and will be available at the door prior to the concert. For information, call 502-330-2773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.