Annie Yim’s The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt

Annie Yim’s The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt

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Doors at 7:00PM | Concert starts at 7:30PM

TICKETS | $29/$10 (regular/student) General admission seating. Ages 19+.

Pianist Annie Yim made the most beautiful sounds, radiantly colored, and thoughtfully articulated.

The Times

Pianist Annie Yim’s MusicArt project, The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt for solo piano and recorded voices, combines pairings of musical composition and poetry in a concert of cross-art collaborations revealing tributes, friendships, and artistic affinities. Each work is no more than a few minutes long, and yet contains a microcosm of the composer’s unique stamp, carrying far more than meets the eyes and ears.

Annie Yim was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver. In 2015, she founded MusicArt in London, an acclaimed initiative that creates multi-disciplinary new works and performances through collaborations in London, Berlin, and Salzburg. She is a founding member of the Minerva Piano Trio, who made their London debut at the Southbank Centre in 2014 and were St John’s Smith Square young artists in residence 2016/17.

Music on Main’s 2019/20 A Month of Tuesdays has been generously sponsored by Christine Choi and Bryan Price.


Claude Debussy
Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir (from Preludes Book 1)

Maurice Ravel
Scarbo (from Gaspard de la Nuit)

John Cage
Dream; 4’33”

Arvo Pärt
Für Alina

Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Star Falling

Philip Glass
Wichita Vortex Sutra

Poets: Charles Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand, John Cage, Ed Baker, Zaffar Kunial, Else Lasker-Schüler, and Allen Ginsberg

Annie Yim’s Programme Notes

Annie Yim

Described by The Times as a pianist who “made the most beautiful sounds, radiantly coloured, thoughtfully articulated”, Annie Yim was St John’s Smith Square Young Artist in Residence in 2016/17 and made her UK concerto debut at LSO St Luke’s. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, and national radios in Canada and Portugal. She founded MusicArt in 2015 in London. Her performances with artists and art spaces from London to Berlin and Salzburg were featured in New York T Magazine, Artnet, and Gramophone. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, she holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts for her performance-based research at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and City, University of London. Upcoming concert appearances include the US and Canada in 2020.

About MusicArt

Founded in London in 2015 by pianist Annie Yim, MusicArt is a concept for creating and collaborating across art forms with music at the heart of each project. New works in visual arts, poetry, contemporary dance, and music have been commissioned and premiered at leading art galleries and concert halls in London, Berlin and Salzburg. In 2017 MusicArt was invited to deliver a keynote address at an international, multidisciplinary conference at the University of Surrey by Annie Yim, in conjunction with artist Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Through new dialogues and performance installations, each artist-led project aims to explore shared aesthetics in unique historical and contemporary contexts. A book chapter written by Annie Yim about MusicArt will be published in an edited volume by Palgrave MacMillan in 2020.