Hyung-ki Joo

Piano Special Guest Artist
HK with PianoHat 2016-04-04

Special Guest Artist

Composer and pianist Hyung-ki Joo, was born in England of South Korean Parents. He entered the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of 10 and later continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, New York.

Since his debut at the Barbican Hall, with the Warsaw Sinfonia, conducted by Yehudi Menuhin, he has performed as soloist and chamber musician in all five continents.

As a composer, orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic and London Philharmonic have performed his music, and Universal Edition and Modern Works publish his music worldwide.

He is also a creator of new genres in the performance and presentation of music, and in 1999, he co-created DUEL, his first show combining music with comedy and theatre, with the cellist, Laurent Cirade, from the celebrated French group, “Le Quatuor”.

In 2001, he arranged and recorded “Fantasies and Delusions”- Billy Joel’s classical album of solo piano pieces for Columbia/Sony Classical Records. The album reached no.1 on the Billboard Classical Charts for 18 weeks. In that same year, he co-founded his piano trio with violinist, Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne and cellist, Thomas Carroll. Their seven years together culminated in a series of concerts at the Wigmore Hall, after winning the prestigious International Parkhouse Chamber Music Competition.

In 2004, he formed the duo, IGUDESMAN & JOO, with violinist, Aleksey Igudesman, and together, they created their first show, “A Little Nightmare Music”- a show that combines classical music, comedy, and popular culture. To date, their clips on YouTube have been viewed over 40 million times. IGUDESMAN & JOO have since performed all over the world with symphony orchestras and have collaborated with artists as diverse as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Gidon Kremer, John Malkovich, and Sir Roger Moore. For more information about the duo, please visit: http://www.igudesmanandjoo.com.

He can be seen in several films including “Pianomania”, “Noseland”, and “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music”, written by and starring Igudesman & Joo, and produced by ZDF. The mockumentarystyle film features cameos from the world of pop, classical, and film that include Martha Argerich, Lang Lang, Julian Rachlin, Roger Moore, Midge Ure and Kim Wilde.

Joo is also passionate about teaching and has developed a unique style of workshop designed for young musicians encouraging them to think and perform “Beyond the Practice Room”. “The zany Joo-an unholy Chico Marx, Vladimir Horowitz, and Jerry Lewis mash-up” LOS ANGELES TIMES