Dr. Hai-Kyung Suh, noted South Korean pianist, who is a cancer survivor, will perform a benefit recital at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, at 8 p.m., March 24. She will donate all profits to the Suhhaikyung Foundation, which she established to support breast cancer health, people with special needs and orphans. This foundation frequently partners with research medical facilities, hospitals, and other organizations to benefit breast cancer treatment programs.
Dr. Suh, known as the first woman in the world to record the entire works of Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, has survived stage four breast cancer, after being diagnosed in 2006. Her own experience convinced her of the need for greater support in conbatting the illness, especially among women of South Korea.
The slogan for the recital is “Hope for Breast Cancer, Let’s Stick Together.”
Dr. Suh will be performing various compositions from her repertoire of Beethoven, Schubert, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Brahms and others. A special attraction of her recital will be the premiere of “The Four Songs of R. Franz,” by composer Lowell Liebermann, an original composition written especially for her.
Hai-Kyung Suh made her debut with the Korean National Symphony Orchestra at age 8, and won the Presidential Medal of the South Korean government at age 11 and 12.