Yeol Eum Son, Pianist


Yeol Eum Son plays Prokofiev piano concerto 2

Yeol Eum Son

Chopin - Etudes, Op. 25

Yeol Eum Son


Beethoven: piano sonata no. 32

Yeol Eum Son

Yeol Eum Son, Biography

Yeol Eum Son (South Korea, born May 2, 1986) is a classical pianist. She first drew international attention when she appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel in 2004. Her awards include the Silver Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition 2011, in which she also received the Best Chamber Concerto Performances and the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work.

Childhood and Youth of Son

Son took her first piano lesson at the age of three and a half. She made a recital debut on Kumho Prodigy Concert Series in July 1998 at age 12. At the same time, she started studying with pianist Kim Dae-jin. At age sixteen, she entered the Korea National University of Arts to continue her piano studies. At the age of 18, she recorded the complete Chopin Etudes (Op. 10 and Op. 25) for a CD on the Universal Music Label

Adult Life

She has performed with New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, NHK Symphony Orchestra, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and many others under the baton of Yuri Bashmet, Karel Mark Chichon, Myung-whun Chung, James Conlon, Lawrence Foster, Valery Gergiev, Dmitri Kitayenko, Lorin Maazel, Ludovic Morlot.
In addition to her busy performance schedule, she writes a monthly column for the Joong-Ang Ilbo, one of Korea’s most widely read newspaper. Since 2006, she has been studying with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theatre, Hannover, Germany.
She has received many awards and recorded 4 CDs so far. Yeol Eum Son is known for her graceful interpretations, crystalline touch, and versatile, thrilling performances.

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