The Kowalczyk-Kim duo was formed in 2013 when Marta Kowalczyk and Somi Kim first collaborated together in a class for the legendary violinist György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music. Both members of the duo are current Masters students at the Academy. Marta is currently studying with Professor György Pauk on a full scholarship and she was recently awarded the Oetker Scholarship, Stephen Bell Trust Award and the Bach Solo Violin Prize. Somi is a New Zealand pianist born in South Korea. She graduated with a Master of Music with First Class Honours in Piano Performance from the University of Auckland in 2013. Somi is now is now under the tutelage of Michael Dussek and Ian Brown with support from the Patricia Pratt Scholarship and the Leverhulme Trust Postgraduate Scholarship. Somi is the winner of the 2014 Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists.
The Kowalczyk-Kim Duo’s partnership is strong in both music-making and friendship. They perform regularly for masterclasses with renowned teachers including Maxim Vengerov, Jan Stanienda, Tasmin Little and Daniel Hope. They receive chamber music coachings from Michael Dussek and Ian Brown, and are excited about their big project for 2015 – performing the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas.
In recital, Kowalczyk-Kim duo’s recent and future appearances include public concerts at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Over-Seas League London, St. Mary’s Perivale, All Saint’s Church Marlow, St. James’ Piccadilly, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. They were invited to give concerts at the European Music Workshops in Kolobrzeg and have potential concert engagements in Spain. They were making their Southbank Centre debut in early January as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series 2015, performing Penderecki’s Violin Sonata No. 2 (1999) in the presence of the composer. They will be returning to the Purcell Room in March next year for their recital for the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.
In March 2016 Kowalczyk-Kim Duo will be making their debut as part of The New Masters on Tour at Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam and performing recital at Wigmore Hall as artists of The Kirckman Concert Society.