»The interpretation of the pieces played by Yekwon Sunwoo have fabulous and rich nuances. Everything is formed, no phrase is casual and nothing remains unconscious […] so powerful and brilliant he is playing the keys […] unpretentious, dedicated to the music […]«  

Leipzig People’s Day / Culture

Biography • Yekwon Sunwoo

Winner of the 15th van Cliburn Piano Competition 2017, Laureate of the 5th International German Piano Award 2015, in addition he won First Prize at the 2013 Sendai International Music Competiton; First Prize at the 2012 Piano Campus International Concours in France, including the audience prize;
First Prize at the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition, including audience and chamber awards; Laureate in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition; and First Prize at the 2009 Interlaken Classics Competition in Switzerland.


Praised by the Examiner for “the soft caressing touches in quiet passages and his total command over the instrument and the expressiveness,” pianist Yekwon Sunwoo won First Prize at the 2014 Vendome Prize held at the prestigious Verbier Festival.  Mr. Sunwoo has performed extensively as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Juilliard Orchestra under Itzhak Perlman at Avery Fisher Hall, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, Orchestre National de Belgique at Palais des Beaux-Artsthe, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Maroc, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie.

He has given recitals at Alte Oper Frankfurt, Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, Radio France and Salle Cortot in Paris, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. Mr. Sunwoo has been featured on WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase, and has performed chamber music for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with Ida Kavafian and Peter Wiley as part of Curtis On Tour, and with Roberto Diaz on the Bay Chamber Concerts.
His Latest recording titled “Crossing Spheres” under the Label GENUIN includes Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Tchaikovsky.

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  • »The Korean […] confirmed in the key movements of Beethoven’s late E major Sonata op. 109 his reputation as a subtle, richly colored artist; especially in the Variations at the close, he unfolded his entire sound imagination […] Poetry and virtuosity were then also the defining elements, closing a lavish evening, for Chopin’s Preludes.«

Gerhard Schroth, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Feuilleton), 22.10.2016

 

  • »This is a musician who exhibits a huge articulation spectrum and managed to perfectly communicate this with his final contribution, Frederic Chopin’s 24 Preludes, op. 24; which he played in all keys like a continuously unrolling frieze of sound. […] It was performed with concentrated poise, with the pianist engrossed in the sequence of the notes; there was no need to add anything to the already extremely bare set with its chains of trills and counterparts. Sunwoo is nevertheless also capable of attacking pieces of music in extreme tempi at a whirl.«

Bernhard Uske, Frankfurter Rundschau (Musik), 16.10.2016

 

  • »[…] Beethoven’s third last sonata (E major, op. 109) demanded a high degree of dynamic empathy from this soloist […]. This was a versatile performance of the variations, each charmingly distinguishable from the other. With the selection of Chopin’s 24 Preludes (op. 28), Sunwoo once again set a musical exclamation mark.«

Matthias Gerhart, Frankfurter Neue Presse (Kultur), 17.10.2016

 

  • »In a soft, almost tender manner, The Korean Yekwon Sunwoo approached Beethoven’s Sonate No. 30 in E-major op. 109. The Bechstein grand piano […] suddenly radiated an exquisitely melodious, smooth sound under his hands. Sometimes lost in a reverie, sometimes seared with dramatic fanfares, Sunwoo interpreted Beethoven’s first of the last three sonatas as a crossing between earthly and cosmic spheres. His piano playing also unfolded tight sound poetry in Chopin’s 24 Preludes op. 28. The Korean simultaneously demonstrated his fine feeling for the lyrical contents of the pieces. Subtly colored and rich in contrasts, his interpretation gently pushed the 24 pieces into a harmonious flow, reflecting them in all their complexity.«

Silvia Adler, Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz, Wiesbadener Kurier (Feuilleton), 19.10.2016

 

  • »…Yekwon Sunwoo the Korean, who scintillated later with Liszt Erlkönig-transcription and with one through pointed caesuras structured sonata no.2 of Rachmaninov, dared himself to open his performance with Saint-Saens ‘Six Etudes – for the left hand’….«

Gerhard Schroth, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – 5 April, 2016