Yeol Eum Son

2nd prize winner of the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition!

At the age of twenty-three, Yeol Eum Son’s highly versatile and accomplished performances earned her a silver medal at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Included in her prize package were three years of concert tours in the United States and a recording produced by harmonia mundi usa. Already considered among the most important artists of her generation in South Korea, she has performed there with almost every notable orchestra.
A native of South Korea’s Kangwon Province, the pianist drew international attention when she appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Lorin Maazel, performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 on the Philharmonic’s historic tour to Seoul in 2008. Ms. Son has also performed with the Israel and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras, the NHK Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras in Japan, and Germany’s Baden–Baden Symphony Orchestra. She has been invited regularly to participate in numerous international music festivals, including Germany’s Reingau Music Festival, Poland’s Beethoven Easter and Chopin Piano Festivals, Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Festival, and the Bowdoin Music Festival in the United States. Her exhilarating performance of the Brahms Piano Quintet with the Takács Quartet during the Cliburn’s Semifinal Round earned her the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music.
Possessing the rare ability to carry a wide range of solo and orchestral works during any tour period, Ms. Son will perform at least six different concerti with ten orchestras during the 2009–2010 season, including debuts with the Columbus, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Midland, Pacific, Springfield, Missouri and Utah Symphony Orchestras. Additional highlights of her first season as a Cliburn medalist include recitals in Burlington, Louisville, Portland, and San Antonio, and engagements with the Albers Trio in Corpus Christi, Santa Fe, and New York.

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