On 5 February 2023, pianist Yedam Kim and the Gwangju Symphony Orchestra performed at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in celebration 40th anniversary of Sister City relations between Gwangju, South Korea and San Antonio, TX. The concert was the finale event for Musical Bridges Around the World’s (MBAW) annual music festival, UNITYFest, which creates meaningful connections through cross-cultural collaborations and merging of classical & contemporary music. 

French-Korean pianist Yedam Kim is no stranger to San Antonio though, securing the 2020 Silver Medal in The Gurwitz International Piano Competition, a quadrennial competition managed by Musical Bridges Around the World. In this concert, Kim returns to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Gwangju Symphony Orchestra.

The Gwangju Symphony Orchestra was led by artistic director and conductor Seokwon Hong, and also performed the Korean folk song “Arirang” and Dvorak’s New World Symphony.  

Watch the full performance on MBAW’s YouTube channel here: