Making his Bangkok debut, the sensationally talented South Korean pianist Ji-yong received many curtain calls from the audience after the final note of his last number of the night, Chopin's "Heroic" Polonaise. The concert was held at the Main Hall of Thailand Culture Centre, where the crowd was returned their generosity by Ji-yong's encore in the form of an excitingly jazzy bravura piece by Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin. The air seemed to literally stir.
The concert, as part of the Great Artists of the World 2012 series, celebrated Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's 80th Anniversary and was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Department of Cultural Promotion Fund in association with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.
Tuxedo and bow tie _ the standard costume for a piano recital _ was not a choice for Ji-yong. With a glimpse of a smile, the 21-year-old supreme and charming pianist appeared on the stage in simple street wear typical of youngsters in Bangkok or Seoul. By starting his first phrase in the Preludium of J.S. Bach's Partita No.1 BWV 825, the audience knew that there was an endless sphere of sound to enjoy throughout the evening.
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