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K-Classic: Soprano Je-gyung Yang

The Korean Cultural Center Washington DC and the Korean Concert Society are proud to present a special performance by two rising stars in classical music, soprano Jegyung Yang and pianist Artem Grishaev, in a program of 12 classic opera selections including works by Handel, Mozart, Debussy, and Strauss.

For a complete performance program, click here to download a PDF from the website of the Korean Concert Society.


The Korean Concert Society was founded as a non-profit cultural organization in the winter of 1979 to discover young musical talents from Korean-American community and present them in debut recitals in Washington metropolitan area. The Society's mission is to bring world-class musical talents to the Washington area and at the same time provide debut opportunities to gifted young musical artists of Korean heritage from all over the world who are still struggling to become recognized. For more information, visit the Korean Concert Society online.


About the Performers

South Korean soprano Jegyung Yang is in her second year of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season she appears with WNO as Despina in Così fan tutte (Emerging Artist Performances), and the Shepherd Boy in Tosca, and with the National Symphony Orchestra as Marzelline in Fidelio. Ms. Yang recently won first prize in Florida Grand Opera's YPO Voice Competition (2011). Other awards include first prize overall and three special prizes at the Eighth International Osaka Music Competition in Japan (2007); third prize in the Twelfth International Competition of Singing in Bilbao, Spain in 2008; and the 'Concorso Internazionale Voci Nuove per la Lirica contest in Pavia', Italy in 2009. This season, Ms. Yang received the second prize at the China International Vocal Competition in Ningbo.  


Born into a family of musicians, Artem Grishaev graduated from the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory and from 2006 to 2011 was a student at the Moscow State Conservatory. He is a prize-winner of the IV Maria Yudina International Competition (2006, St. Petersburg, 2nd prize), the I International Piano Competition “Russian Season” (2005, Yekaterinburg, 3rd prize), and the VI International Competition for String Instruments (2002, Tolyatti, diploma for the best accompanist). He has also received the Nikolai Petrov Foundation scholarship and took part in the Musical Kremlin International Festival. He has accompanied the young artists of the Bolshoi at the Queen Elizabeth International Competition in Brussels, the World Opera Competition Operalia in Moscow, International Contest of Italian Opera (Competizione dell`Opera), and Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo. He also took part in master-classes and coaching at the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program of the Washington National Opera in April 2011 as part of exchange between WNO and the Bolshoi Theatre. He is now a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.