Shin-Heae Kang

Shin-Heae Kang is a magnificent pianist. She has all the qualities, superb technique, serious and devoted musicianship, a very big repertoire. I strongly recommend her to your attention
Martha Argerich


Shin-Heae Kang, a German pianist of Korean origin, was born in 1987 in Kiel and is referred to as one of the most talented pianists of her generation.
At the age of two she began playing the piano by ear. She received her first piano lessons at the age of three. At the age of six she was accepted into the piano class of Professor Manfred Fock by the University for Music in Lübeck. From 2001 she studied at the University for Music, Drama and Media in Hanover with Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, graduating in 2009 with honours. She has received important artistic input from Martha Argerich for many years.
Shin-Heae Kang performed her first concert at the age of five. When she was nine, she gave her first concert with an orchestra, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 8, KV 246. At the age of twelve she gave her first philharmonic debut at the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, where she also performed Piano Concerto No. 1 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy together with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. These were followed by further numerous piano concerts with various renowned orchestras and recitals.
She has performed in various cities in Europe and the USA. She has performed at the World Exposition (EXPO) in Hanover, in the Great Hall at Schloss Elmau, in the Great Hall of the Castle in Kiel, the Great Hall of the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, in the Great Hall of the German House in Flensburg, at the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, in Brunswick City Hall, in the Wiener Saal in Salzburg, in the Great Hall of the Theatre in San Juan (Puerto Rico), in Munich, Lugano, Gstaad, Florence, Rome, Mallorca and Barcelona.
Shin-Heae Kang has been invited by many prestigious festivals such as the Kissinger Sommer, the Classix-Festival in Brunswick, the summer festival of the Alps Klassiks in Bad Reichenhall, the festival in Passau and the Bodensee Festival among others. She has also received invitations to perform recitals from the Brahms Society of Schleswig-Holstein and the Brahms Scientific Research Centre in Kiel, the Brahms Society in Baden-Baden and the Robert Schumann Societies in Düsseldorf and Zwickau. She has given master-classes and lectures in the USA and in Germany.
She has been a guest on several radio and television programmes in Europe and the USA and has recorded five CDs.
She has received numerous music awards, special prizes and scholarships from various institutions and won many piano competitions. She received scholarships including from the Marie-Luise-Imbusch-Foundation Lübeck, and in 2005 she studied as the youngest-ever Fellow of the Wilhelm-Kempff-Foundation, performing all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and piano concertos on the special Beethoven course in Positano. In 2006 she was awarded as the youngest-ever winner in the history of the German Order of Druids and received the Prize of Honour, an award previously won by Karlheinz Böhm, Justus Frantz and the theologian Hans Küng. In 2011 she became a Young Steinway Artist. In 2012 she received an invitation from the International Brahms Foundation for a work-stay at the Brahms House in Baden-Baden.
As well as playing the piano she has also taken violin and flute lessons. Starting in 1997 Shin-Heae Kang has studied the classical guitar as a second instrument in addition to the piano, also at the University for Music in Lübeck with Professor Albert Aigner. She has also given guitar concerts and she also won first prize in the German national competition Jugend musiziert.
At the invitation of Argerich, Shin-Heae Kang gave a brilliant piano recital at the Festival Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano in Switzerland in 2012. In 2015 she will make a recital debut at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and she will give a recital in Heide following an invitation from the Brahms Society of Schleswig-Holstein; she has received an invitation from the Brahms Society in Baden-Baden for a work-stay at the Brahms house studio in Baden-Baden, and she will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Lüneburg in Hitzacker.
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