Hee-Young Lim presents a video performance of Ravel’s Pièce en forme de Habanera, the first single from her upcoming album.

Ravel’s Pièce en forme de Habanera was originally written in 1907 and has been arranged for numerous different instruments. It illustrates Ravel’s relationship with Spanish music, with his mother’s Basque-Spanish heritage providing influence throughout his musical career.

The work features on Lim’s new album titled Estrellita, which features short encores and transcriptions for cello and piano.

’I have always wanted to play the pieces that spoke most to my heart, not only as a cellist, but as a musician,’ says Lim on the album. ’If there was ever a work that I loved, it led me to wonder how I could one day find a way to play it on the cello, so discovering these transcriptions as well as making my own arrangements was a very natural and joyful journey. Being a cellist, I must admit that we have a somewhat limited range of repertoire compared to pianists or violinists, so by exploring these new transcriptions, I was happy to expand my own repertoire.’

The Korean cellist is a graduate of the Korean National University, New England Conservatory, the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. She currently serves as professor of cello at the Beijing Central Conservatory and enjoys an international performing career, including solo appearances with the Budapest Radio Symphony, Houston Symphony, KBS Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. Recently, she gave the Asian premiere of Jakub Jankowski’s Cello Sonata at the Tongyeong International Music Festival and performed all six Bach Cello Suites at the Zhuhai International Festival.

Estrellita will be released on 1 September 2023 on Orchid Classics.

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