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Annie Yim (piano): The Poet Speaks: From Debussy To Pärt




Annie Yim, pianist and founder of cross-arts curators MusicArt London, presents the seventh in their Conceptual Concert series.

This lunchtime event combines the recorded voices of composers and writers with live piano, juxtaposing poems from two centuries with musical responses to them by Debussy, Ravel, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Philip Glass. Arvo Pärt's Für Alina will be performed alongside a newly commissioned poem by the acclaimed Zaffar Kunial whose collection Us will be published by Faber in Summer 2018, and John Cage's 4′33″ will be performed in a new version incorporating Ed Baker’s poem A Kind of Silence.

Other writing included ranges from French poetry by Aloysius Bertrand and Charles Baudelaire to a personal love poem by Cage; from Else Lasker-Schüler’s expressionist poem Versöhnung (Reconciliation), which inspired Franz Marc’s woodcut print, to Allen Ginsberg's anti-war poem Wichita Vortex Sutra. Each pairing of musical composition and poem reveals tributes, friendships, and artistic affinities.


  • Claude Debussy | Charles Baudelaire Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir (from Preludes Book 1)
  • Maurice Ravel | Aloysius Bertrand Scarbo (from Gaspard de la Nuit)
  • John Cage | John Cage Dream
  • John Cage | Ed Baker 4′33″
  • Arvo Pärt | Zaffar Kunial (New Work) Für Alina
  • Cheryl Frances-Hoad | Else Lasker-Schüler Star Falling
  • Philip Glass | Allen Ginsberg Wichita Vortex Sutra

Founded in 2015, MusicArt London | Conceptual Concerts has been creating a series of innovative projects across art forms. With music at the heart of each project, collaborations to date have resulted in the commissioning of new works including piano composition, book art installation, poetry, and dance choreography.

Each Conceptual Concert puts an emphasis on sharing the creative process with audiences, celebrating mutual inspirations between musicians, artists, and art spaces through tailored programmes that reflect the unique artistic context. MusicArt London’s commissions and performances have been featured in Gramophone Magazine, Artnet, and New York Times T Magazine.

Annie Yim

Pianist Annie Yim performs throughout the UK, Europe and Canada. Her playing has been acclaimed as ‘the most beautiful sounds, radiantly coloured, thoughtfully articulated’ (The Times) with a wide-ranging repertoire that encompasses canonic works and new music.  She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, as well as national radios in Canada and Portugal.  Passionate about collaborations and commissioning new works across art forms, Annie founded MusicArt London, an initiative that creates tailored performances at art spaces across London and internationally.  In October 2017 she was invited to give a keynote concert and dialogue with artist Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, at an international, multi-disciplinary conference at the University of Surrey.

Along with her ensemble, the Minerva Piano Trio, Annie was recently selected as St John’s Smith Square Young Artist 2016/17, a year-long residency during which they performed a series of innovative programmes, delivered talks and educational workshops, and presented works by leading composers of their generation.

Annie was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Vancouver.  She completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the University of British Columbia while studying with Robert Silverman.  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and completed her performance-based research on Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms at the Guildhall School of Music with Joan Havill and City, University of London with Christopher Wiley.

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1.10pm - 2.00pmFriday 16th March 2018

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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