Her recent work includes the recording of two albums in 2015, which feature rare works of Shostakovich, with Alexander Rozhdestvensky and Jeremy Menuhin (First Hand Records, UK); works of Schubert performed by the Menuhin Duo, including Jeremy Menuhin’s transcription of the slow movement from the string quartet of Death And The Maiden (Genuin Records, Gewarndhaus, Leipzig), which, both recordings, received enthusiastic reviews; Mookie will shortly be making an album featuring two world premiere works by Eric Tanguy and Peter Barcaba, and also works by Schubert and Alban Berg.
Mookie has played in many music festivals, most notably the Pablo Casals Festival of Prades, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Festival de Bellerive, Smetana Festival and Seoul Spring Festival; as well as performing at respected interntional venues such as the Victoria Hall (Geneva, Switzerland), Tonhalle (Zurich, Switzerland), Bern Casino (Bern, Switzerland), Yehudi Menuhin Hall (UK), Smetana Hall (Pilsen, Czech Republic), Danish Radio Concert Hall (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Musikhuset Aarhus (Aarhus, Denmark), Sejong Hall and the Seoul Arts Centre (Seoul, South Korea) and the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonie (Krakow, Poland).
INFLUENCES & BACKGROUND
While discovering her identity as a musician, Mookie has been greatly inspired by those she has studied and performed with, including Alberto Lysy, Gary Hoffmann, Piers Lane, Alicja Fiderkiewicz, Vincent de Kort, Margaret Fingerhut, István Várdai, Ronan O’Hora and John Damgaard – and, of course, her husband Jeremy Menuhin.
Mookie was born in Seoul, South Korea and studied music at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, UK; followed by the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in the same city. She then obtained a Master’s degree and performance diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. Wider recognition of Mookie’s talents soon followed, as she was honoured with the Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra’s reward, Thørger Rasmussen’s Music Prize, Holger Arndts Minefond, Søren Brandts Awards for pianists, as well as winning international awards such as YAMAHA Foundation in Europe.
Mookie lives in Switzerland with her husband and daughter. Their family world is filled with music, travel, reading and conversation... and skiing – a skill which Mookie is determined to master.
The diversity of interests and creativity is manifested in Mookie’s life in many different ways, from her love of food to her fascination with human behaviour and psychology. She finds great inspiration and solace in cooking, dreaming up exciting flavour combinations, inventing new recipes and composing new styles of presentation of the dishes for others to enjoy; and her naturally questioning mind and self‐discipline are evident in her approach to music.
Mookie feels privileged that music plays such a large role in her life. It has been a journey filled with struggles and satisfaction in equal measure, helping Mookie to grow and learn with every new experience.