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Progression of Classical to Romantic Piano Music

14th September


Free to attend

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The Actors' Church welcomes Royal College of Music Graduate Yoon Seok Shin on the piano. Yoon will be playing a number of beloved Romantic Classic Piano pieces which explore the story of this cornerstone of music.

This concert is to represent the development of Classical to Romantic Piano music. Romantic composers prioritised the emotional or narrative content of the music above its form, which is why they broke so many of the classical composers' rules. They used its forms as a foundation for their work but felt unconstrained by them.

Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, Hob:XVI/50 

Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Op.32 No.1 

            Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. posth 

            Nocturne in B flat minor, Op.9 No.1

            Nocturne in E flat major, Op.9 No.2 

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.13 in A minor, S244/13

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Yoon Seok (John) Shin


“Yoon Seok Shin, from South Korea, possessing enormous technical ability….” - Robert Beale (Manchester Evening News)

“His tone’s big, bold and dynamically sensitive. But he has terrific address and panache.” - Simon Jenner (Brighton Fringe Review) 

“He plays with an unostentatious authority, and his performances have a polish and poise combined with a warm musical response.” - Philip Fowke (British Concert Pianist & Senior Fellow Professor.

                        Following success at several major international and national competitions and awards, notably the 3rd Prize in the 2nd Manchester International Concerto Competition (2009), South Korean born British pianist Yoon Seok (John) Shin is much in demand. With over 50 performances per year, at venues across Europe, Asia and the UK, Mr. Shin has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Praised by many acclaimed critics with his poised, polished and innovative performances, Mr. Shin is currently a Young Steinway Artist and an official artist of T&B Entertainment (South Korea) as well as a member of Independent Society of Musicians, UK.

Mr. Shin has appeared at the Steinway Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the Southbank Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Church Piccadilly, the Regent Hall, The Reform Club, Foundling Museum in London, Cheltenham Town Hall, Master Musicians International Recital Series in the North East UK, Konserthuset - The Nobel Prize Award Hall in Sweden, Korean Catholic Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia, Seoul Sejong Center Chamber Hall and Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall in South Korea.

Mr. Shin graduated from the Royal College of Music, London after completing the prestigious Artist Diploma (ArtDip) Performance Doctorate and the Master of Music (MMus) in Advanced Performance under the tutelage of Prof. Andrew Ball. Previously, he gained his Bachelor of Music, BMus (Hons) in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Trinity College of Music), London where he studied with Prof. Philip Fowke and was awarded 1st Class Honours as well as being the recipient of the City Livery Club Prize (2009).

Alongside his performing career, Mr. Shin has also been much in demand as a highly reputed teacher and regularly gives workshops and master classes. Many of his students have excelled in both exams and competitions and currently holds a teaching post at the Holy Cross Catholic Secondary Girl’s School in New Malden and the Nonsuch Selective High School for Girls, Cheam, UK as well as a member of assistant & staff in Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists in Manchester, UK.  He is also an official Ballet Repetiteur (in collaboration with Royal Academy of Dance, London) at Thomas’s London Day Preparatory Schools, London, UK where members of British royal family, Prince George & Princess Charlotte, the children of William, Prince of Wales were former students.

Progression of Classical to Romantic Piano Music

14 September 2023


Free to attend

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