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On Wednesday 11th May, the InClassica International Music Festival welcomes the South Korean pianist, Yekwon Sunwoo (Gold medallist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and multiple First Prize Winner at numerous other international competitions), for a diverse concert of works for solo piano.
Don’t miss this opportunity to witness one of the world’s foremost soloists present a programme of richly varied masterworks for piano.
This concert is proudly presented by SAMIT Event Group.
R. STRAUSS RAMBLE ON THE LAST LOVE DUET FROM DER ROSENKAVALIER (ARR. PERCY GRAINGER)
F. CHOPIN BARCAROLLE OP.60
F. CHOPIN SCHERZO NO.2 OP.31
A. SHOR/MIKHAIL PLETNEV PIANO SONATA IN A MINOR
O. RESPIGHI 6 PIANO PIECES
C. DEBUSSY ESTAMPES
C. DEBUSSY L’ISLE JOYEUSE
Gold medallist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Yekwon Sunwoo has been hailed for his “unfailingly consistent excellence” (International Piano) and celebrated as “a pianist who commands a comprehensive technical arsenal that allows him to thunder without breaking a sweat” (Chicago Tribune).
A powerful and virtuosic performer, he also, in his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music”.
The first Korean to win Cliburn Gold, Yekwon’s 19/20 season includes appearances with Fort Worth and Tuscon Symphonies and the Bucheon Philharmonic and debuts with Washington Chamber Orchestra, Royal Danish Orchestra and Danish Radio Orchestra amongst others as well as a debut appearance at the Vail Festival with Dallas Symphony. Recital highlights include Four Season Arts, San Antonio Arts and the Stadttheater Aschaffenburg. 20/21 will see Yekwon make his debut with Orchestra Chambre de Paris and Tugan Sokhiev and return to KBS Symphony with Jaap Van Zweeden.
In previous seasons, he has performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, Houston Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, Sendai Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National Orchestra amongst others. Recital appearances include Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Salle Cortot and Kumho Art Hall.
An avid chamber musician, Yekwon’s collaborators include Benjamin Beilman, Linus Roth, Andrei Ioniță, Sebastian Bohren, Isang Enders, Tobias Feldmann, Gary Hoffman, Anne-Marie McDermott and the Jerusalem and Brentano Quartets.
He has also toured Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama with the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, performed at Chamber Music of Lincoln Center’s Inside Chamber Music Lectures and been invited to the Summit Music, Bowdoin International and Toronto Summer Music Festivals.
In addition to the Cliburn Gold Medal, Yekwon won first prizes at the 2015 International German Piano Award, the 2014 Vendome Prize held at the Verbier Festival, the 2013 Sendai International Music Competition and the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competiton.
Born in Anyang, South Korea, Yekwon began learning the piano at the age of 8 and made his recital and orchestral debuts in Seoul at 15. His teachers include Seymour Lipkin, Robert McDonald, Richard Goode and Bernd Goetzke.
In 2017, Decca Gold released Cliburn Gold 2017 two weeks after Yekwon was awarded the Gold Medal and includes his award-winning performances of Ravel’s La Valse and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata.
A self-proclaimed foodie, Yekwon enjoys finding Pho in each city he vists and takes pride in his own homemade Korean soups.
Wednesday 11 May 2022 from 8pm.
• AED 255 Silver
• AED 360 Gold
• AED 510 Platinum
• AED 710 VIP
• AED 255 Corner Box for 10 (limited availability)
• AED 510 Side Box for 4
• AED 510 Side Box for 5
• AED 510 Side Box for 7 (limited availability)
• AED 710 VIP Box for 5 (limited availability)
• AED 710 VIP Box for 8