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KF Gallery Open Stage Celebrates Korea-Chile Relations  'Duo Concert’ Presents Fantastic Harmony of Flute and Piano  Flutist Viviana Guzman and pianist Mahani Teave

On October 26, the KF Gallery Open Stage program presented the "50th Anniversary of Korea-Chile Diplomatic Relations: Duo Concert." Flutist Viviana Guzman and pianist Mahani Teave, two of Chile's foremost musicians, brought down the house with their masterful performance of a colorful repertoire, ranging from classical music to passionate works of tango.


Korea and Chile, the flute and the piano, and classical music and tango - all this was part of a meaningful encounter and delightful experience on October 26, when the KF Gallery Open Stage 5 offered the "50th Anniversary of Korea-Chile Diplomatic Relations: Duo Concert" at the KF Cultural Center Gallery.

▲ Ambassador Hernan Brantes of the Chilean Embassy to Korea delivers welcoming remarks.To celebrate the cooperative relations between Korea and Chile over the past 50 years, the Korea Foundation and the Embassy of Chile in Korea jointly organized a concert featuring flutist Viviana Guzman and pianist Mahani Teave, two premier Chilean musicians, who presented an impressive performance that featured the exquisite harmony of the flute and piano. Viviana Guzman is a world-renowned flutist who annually performs at more than 80 concerts worldwide, including recitals, collaborations, and ensemble events. She has been described by The New York Times as "an imaginative artist."

Mahani Teave is a native of Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most recognized young classical musicians in Chile. She received the APES Prize in Chile for Best Performance in 2008, for her Rachmaninov Concerto No. 1 with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile. That same year, El Mercurio, the most prominent newspaper in Chile, named her as one of the "100 leading women in Chile" while a documentary film has been made about her remarkable life story.

Chilean Music in Korea

Amidst the sudden arrival of cold weather, there were so many people making their way into the concert hall that few open seats remained, reflecting the audience's high expectations of the concert event. Prior to the start of the performance, Ambassador Hernan Brantes from the Embassy of Chile in Korea opened with welcoming remarks: ''I would like to extend my deep appreciation to the Korea Foundation for inviting internationally recognized Chilean artists to this event, held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Korea and Chile. I expect this event will serve as an opportunity to strengthen the friendly relationship between our two countries. And I believe one of the best ways to enjoy this incredible autumn night would be to appreciate the music with fine Chilean wine. I hope you all enjoy the Chilean wine tasting for your added enjoyment of the concert."

Thereafter, Executive Vice President of the Korea Foundation, Cha Du-hyeogn, gave congratulatory remarks, during which he stated that it was a great honor for the Foundation to invite two world-renowned musicians of Chile to Korea in order for this event to provide an opportunity to expand Koreans' awareness of Chilean culture, beyond that of Pablo Neruda, the Nobeel Prize Laureate in Literature, and as a country that produces high-quality wine.

Viviana Guzman introduces an American Indian flute. ▲And then the two beautiful musicians took to the stage to start the program with an enthusiastic reception from the audience. The first piece was Vivaldi's Flute Concerto No. 3 in D Major RV 428: II Gardellino. Viviana Guzman's flute delivered the lyrical theme to the fullest, to the accompaniment of Mahani Teave's piano. After playing the first movement quickly and lightly, the duo projected intense warmth with delicate tones in the second movement, "Cantabile," much like the soprano's aria of a 16th-century opera, and then energized the atmosphere with the third movement's lively and dance-like tempo.

The perfect pitch of Guzman's incredible flute performance might have had the audience wondering if they were listening to a goldfinch's lyrical singing. And then Teave performed Liszt's Funerailles as a piano solo, followed by Paul Genin's Carnival of Venice for Flute and Piano Op. 14, together with Viviana Guzman. Alfonso Leng is a composer of the first symphonic poem in Chile's music history. ''Doloras," played by Guzman, was originally written in 1914 as a piano arrangement inspired by the poetry of France, Germany, and Chile, and later rearranged for an orchestra. This work is regularly played in Chile and the Latin American region. After the playing of Doloras, Guzman recited one of the poems that inspired the composer, in Spanish as well as in English, a moment of the perfect union of music and poetry, which provided a moving inspiration to everyone in attendance.

Viviana Guzman also introduced a variety of flutes, such as an American Indian flute and Irish tin whistle, guiding the audience on a journey through the unknown, mysterious realm of the world's flutes. The two musicians captivated the audience with a diverse range of music from a folk dance of Curico, Anibal Corniglio's Guarda con la Banquina, to Debussy's L'isle Joueuse, as a harmonious collaboration or a refined solo performance. Anibal Corniglio's Guarda con la Banquina is included in the Argentine music album released by Viviana Guzman and Anibal Comiglio in 2009.

Lastly, Piazzolla's Oblivion and Libertango ended the program. Oblivion was composed in 1982 as an instrumental ensemble arrangement for the soundtrack of the "Henry IV" film, featuring the elegant and lyrical sentiments of milonga, the predecessor of today's tango. When the amorous melody of Oblivion, often heard as part of TV programs and films, touched the ears of the audience, audible gasps of rapture could be heard. Libertango, characterized by its distinctive 2/4 rhythm and unique sounds of the bandonion, highlighted the concert's finale. For the two brilliant musicians who not only presented the unique harmony of the flute and piano, but also delivered the tango's romantic charm, the audience gave a loud and long round of applause.

After the performance, people lingered at the venue, taking in the concert's fading resonance while sampling the ample supply of Chilean wine, in addition to taking photos with Viviana Guzman and Mahani Teave, and also asking for their autographs.

▲ Ambassador Hernan Brantes and Cha Du-hyeogn, vice president of the Korea Foundation

Yang In-sil
Freelancer Writer

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