MusicArt London | Conceptual Concerts

Founded in London in 2015 by Annie Yim, MusicArt is a concept for creating and collaborating across art forms with music at the heart of each project.  New works in visual arts, poetry, contemporary dance, and music have been commissioned and premiered at major art galleries and concert halls in London and Berlin.  In 2017 MusicArt was invited to deliver a keynote address at an international, multidisciplinary conference at the University of Surrey by Annie Yim, in conjunction with Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts.  Through new dialogues and performances, each artist-led project aims to explore shared aesthetics in unique historical and contemporary contexts.

Founder – Annie Yim

As founder of MusicArt London, pianist Annie Yim engages the art world with performances of classical and contemporary music.  She explores the aesthetic affinity between different art forms by initiating interdisciplinary projects.  Described by The Times as a pianist who “made the most beautiful sounds, radiantly coloured, thoughtfully articulated”, she was St John’s Smith Square Young Artist in Residence in 2016/17.  She is founding member of the Minerva Piano Trio, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree for her performance-based research at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and City, University of London.  www.annieyim.com


A Cross-Disciplinary Music Performance in Three Acts

by MusicArt in collaboration with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac


Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019, 11.30am

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg

Conceptual Concert in Three Acts (Salzburg Premiere)



Inspired by Rauschenberg and Cage,
a Salzburg premiere of a Concert-Installation by

Annie Yim, piano

Kayo Chingonyi, poet

Raymond Yiu, composer



To be staged in Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg’s exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Borealis 1988-92, alongside John Cage: Ryoanji.  Premiered in December 2018, this MusicArt concert-installation features piano and spoken-word performance of John Cage’s The Seasons, Winter Music, and 4’33”, plus a new collaborative work ‘Mirrors’ inspired by John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Mirabellplatz 2, 5020 Salzburg.

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Palladian Xmas (Spread), 1980.  Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London Paris Salzburg © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/DACS

Conceptual Concert in Three Acts

In collaboration with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

To coincide with an exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg’s Spreads 1975-1983 and John Cage’s Ryoanji


Date: Thursday 13th December 2018, 6.30pm

Venue: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac,
37 Dover Street, W1S 4NJ, London


Inspired by Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage,

MusicArt presents a World Premiere

Concert-Installation by Pianist Annie Yim

With Poet Kayo Chingonyi & Composer Raymond Yiu

Featuring Piano & Spoken-Word Performance of Cage’s

The Seasons, Winter Music, and 4’33”


To coincide with the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Spreads 1975-1983, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and MusicArt present the world premiere of a musical performance inspired by Robert Rauschenberg’s collaborations with the pioneering avant-garde American composer John Cage.  Co-created and performed by pianist Annie Yim with poet Kayo Chingonyi and composer Raymond Yiu, this Conceptual Concert in Three Acts is framed by the piano music of Cage, including The Seasons, 1947 and Winter Music, 1957, alongside an installation of sound and spoken dialogue. The final act of this cross-disciplinary concert is a staging of Cage’s iconic piece, 4’33”, 1952. The performance multiplies artistic roles and dissolves boundaries in homage to Cage and Rauschenberg, and beyond their artworks on view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London, the words of Cage and Rauschenberg too have inspired this concert-installation.

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The poet speaks from debussy to pärt
A Performing Installation with recorded voices
16 March 2018, Friday, 1pm


Annie Yim, piano


MusicArt London’s seventh Conceptual Concert combines the recorded voices of composers and writers with live piano, juxtaposing poems from two centuries with musical responses to them by Debussy, Ravel, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and Philip Glass. Für Alina by Arvo Pärt will be performed alongside a newly commissioned poem by the acclaimed Zaffar Kunial whose collection Us will be published by Faber in 2018. Cage's 4′33″ will be performed in a new version incorporating Ed Baker’s poem A Kind of Silence. Each pairing of musical composition and poem reveals tributes, friendships, and artistic affinities.


Writing About Contemporary Artists
Saturday 21 October | 5.30pm


University of Surrey, UK


MusicArt London will present a keynote concert and dialogue at an international, multi-disciplinary, three-day conference hosted by the University of Surrey: 'Writing About Contemporary Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities'.  Annie Yim, founder of MusicArt London, will explore in-depth her ongoing collaboration with renowned artist Christopher Le Brun (President of The Royal Academy of Arts), in conversation with chair of the conference, Christopher Wiley.  She will perform the specially commissioned work by Richard Birchall (2015) as well as piano music by Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Berg, and Debussy.Event is free and open to public. For information about the event please click here www.surrey.ac.uk



MusicArt London | Berlin: Concert & Conversation
29 April 2017, Saturday, 6pm


Arndt Art Agency, Berlin


In collaboration with artist Christopher Le Brun’s upcoming solo exhibition Now Turn The Page at the gallery of Arndt Art Agency in Berlin, pianist Annie Yim, founder of MusicArt London, will perform a curated concert surrounded by Le Brun's new paintings.  The concert is accompanied by a conversation between the artist and the pianist to consider the many points of rich imaginative contact between musical and painterly composition. 
This concert presents works by composers who have inspired Le Brun: Scriabin, Schoenberg, Rachmaninov, and Debussy, and includes a recently commissioned composition by Richard Birchall based on a painting by
Le Brun.  Event coincides with Gallery Weekend Berlin. 
More information about the exhibition and concert here.


Scenes from Daphnis and Chloe
9 March 2017


Minerva Piano Trio: Annie Yim, piano, Michal Cwizewicz, violin,
Richard Birchall, cello,

(St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists in Residence 2016/17)

David Knotts (composer), Patricia Okenwa (choreographer)

Thomasin Gülgeç (dancer), Estela Merlos (dancer)


Music, dance, art, and poetry are inextricably linked in MusicArt London’s new adaptation of Daphnis and Chloe – originally produced by the Ballets Russes – with music by Ravel.  Transcribed by acclaimed British composer David Knotts for piano, violin, and cello, the new score will be set to newly commissioned dance choreography by Patricia Okenwa for the concert stage.  Inspired by the eponymous Greek pastoral legend by Longus in 2nd century AD, Ravel saw the work as ‘a vast musical fresco…with faithfulness to the Greece of my dreams’.  The new transcription with dance evokes the poetic essence of the story – itself a reimagination by the author of a large cave painting on the Greek island Lesbos – which is based on Ravel’s own selected scenes extracted for his orchestral suites.


In association with the Minerva Piano Trio – St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists in Residence 2016/17

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John Cage the lover and poet
Friday 25 November 2016


Time: Between 12 – 2 (every half hour; last performance at 1.30pm)

Venue: Ordovas Gallery, 25 Savile Row, London, W1S 2ER

Annie Yim, pianist, Ed Baker, poet

MusicArt London collaborates with Ordovas as part of the gallery’s acclaimed exhibition Artists and Lovers (Critic’s Choice in the Financial Times), staging performances of early piano works by American composer John Cage (1912–1992) plus a specially commissioned poem.
This Conceptual Concert frames Cage’s iconic silent piece 4’33” with the lesser known side of his art and life – the dreamy poet and tender lover both in verse and at the piano, as revealed in his early personal letters and in the pieces In a Landscape and Dream. The new poem in response to 4’33” is inspired by reminiscences of poet Ed Baker’s first meeting with Cage at the composer’s 60th birthday party in Washington DC. The exhibition showcases works by an intimate circle of artists at the Black Mountain College – John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns. The exhibition runs until 16 December 2016

Free Event

A Musical Exploration with Christopher Le Brun
22 October 2015


Inspired by Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts,
and his recent interview on BBC Radio’s Private Passions, pianist Annie Yim explores the musicality of the artist's works at his upcoming exhibition within the gallery of Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi.  The piano recital
on 22nd October 2015 features specially selected works from late romanticism and impressionism, and the world premiere of a work by British composer Richard Birchall, which is dedicated to this exhibition.


In association with Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi

With thanks to J.Reid Pianos for sponsorship of the piano

More information about exhibition at Colnaghi

Christopher Le Brun www.christopherlebrun.co.uk

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The legends of Robert Schumann:
A Piano Recital and Book Art Installation
6 November 2015


Pauline Rafal (book artist), Charlotte Bray (composer), Annie Yim (pianist)


Reimagining scenes from childhood in Robert Schumann’s piano masterpiece Kinderszenen (1838), artist Pauline Rafal presents a newly created book art installation as part of the concert at Burgh House and Hampstead Museum.  Alongside major works by Schumann, Annie Yim performs piano pieces, including a world premiere, by composer Charlotte Bray – Chapter One (2012) and Chapter Two (2015) – which resonate with the childhood theme in Schumann across two centuries.

You open the desk and you see there's a surprise inside – a book installation…When you read these books you realize that there's more to the story than just childhood – it's a real-life story that happened between two people [Robert and Clara Schumann] and which resulted in these amazing music compositions. – Pauline Rafal, book artist

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Review of ‘Conceptual Concert in Three Acts’

‘Cage had woven his magic as had MusicArt…A bold enterprise’ – ArtMuseLondon, December 2018

Guest article written by Annie Yim, pianist and founder of MusicArt, for Gramophone Magazine, December 2018

‘Understanding music through the lens of other artforms’

BBC Radio 3


Listen to Annie Yim on BBC Radio 3 In Tune live performance and interview about MusicArt’s collaboration with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac’s exhibitions of Robert Rauschenberg’s Spreads 1975-83 and John Cage’s Ryoanji


Listen here

Previews of Conceptual Concert in Three Acts:


FAD Magazine


Classical Music Magazine

Review of The Poet Speaks: From Debussy to Pärt (March 2018) by Frances Wilson.


In-depth article ‘A Symphony of Colour’ on the continued collaboration between artist Christopher Le Brun PRA and pianist Annie Yim in Berlin (June 2017) by Arndt Art Agency

A preview feature of MusicArt London's new adaptation of Scenes from Daphnis and Chloe (Feb 2017)


MusicArt London's commission of Richard Birchall's piano composition featured in New York Times T Magazine (Feb 2017) www.nytimes.com

Annie Yim's collaboration with Ordovas on John Cage The Lover and Poet in Artnet (Dec 2016) www.google.co.uk/amp/s/news.artnet.com

MusicArt London featured in Gramophone Magazine (Oct 2015)

Colnaghi Gallery


We are pleased to announce the launch of MusicArt London's video
and audio installation as part of the current exhibition 'Colour: Rugs Prints Paintings Sculpture' at the Gallery of Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi,
15 Old Bond Street.  Come to discover the unique creative process behind our highly stimulating Conceptual Concert at the Colnaghi Gallery which took place on 22 October, among the beautiful artworks by Christopher Le Brun, and hear the world premiere performance of the commissioned piano work Abstracts by composer Richard Birchall, performed by pianist
Annie Yim in response to this exhibition.

Until 11th December


Visit our YouTube channel for live videos of this concert here:
MusicArt London Channel

With poet Zaffar Kunial, in response to Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina

An interview between choreographer Patricia Okenwa and Annie Yim on the making of Scenes from Daphnis and Chloe.


Scenes from Daphnis and Chloe (2017)


In association with St John’s Smith Square


Minerva Piano Trio

Patricia Okenwa, choreographer

Estela Merlos, dancer

Thomasin Gülgeç, dancer

David Knotts, composer/arranger

John Cage the Lover and Poet (2016)


In association with Ordovas

Annie Yim, piano

Ed Baker, poet

A Musical Exploration with Christopher Le Brun (2015)


In association with Katrin Bellinger
at Colnaghi


Richard Birchall, composer

Christopher Le Brun, artist

Annie Yim, piano

MusicArt London Composer’s Talk with Richard Birchall

MusicArt London Artist’s Talk with Pauline Rafal



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