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Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

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Gold medalist of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 28-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo has been hailed for “his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness” (San Francisco Examiner). The first Korean to win Cliburn gold, Mr. Sunwoo is a powerful and virtuosic performer, who in his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music,” which he hopes to convey to audiences. Born in Anyang, South Korea, Sunwoo studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and received his artist diploma at the Mannes School of Music under Richard Goode.

Strauss/Grainger: Ramble on Last Love Duet from Der Rosenkavalier
Schubert: 4 Impromptus D.935
Brahms: Piano Sonata no. 3 op. 5

He possesses the uncanny ability to maintain soaring lyricism, holding counterpoint and accompaniment in an exquisite balance, laying them out clearly using well-differentiated tones and colors.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Yekwon Sunwoo plays Franz Liszt: Consolation No.3, S.172 from CPR Classical on YouTube.

Fun Facts:

  • A self-proclaimed foodie, Yekwon Sunwoo enjoys finding pho in each city he visits and takes pride in his own homemade Korean soups.
  • Sunwoo was the first Korean Gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
  • He began learning piano at age eight.
  • He gave both his recital and orchestra debuts in 2004 in Seoul before moving to the United States in 2005 to study with Seymour Lipkin at the Curtis Institute of Music.
  • Record label Decca Gold released Cliburn Gold 2017 two weeks after Sunwoo’s Cliburn win. The album reached #1 on the Traditional Classical Album Billboard charts.

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