About Yeol Eum Son

A double Second Prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 2011 and at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Yeol Eum Son’s graceful interpretations, crystalline touch and versatile, thrilling performances have caught the attention of audiences worldwide.

Praised for her widely eclectic concerti repertoire, ranging from Bach and all-Mozart to Shchedrin and Gershwin, her recent concerto highlights include appearances with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Bergen Philharmonic under the baton of Dmitrij Kitajenko, a debut Paris date with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, Seoul Philharmonic and European tour with KBS Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2017-18 season, Yeol Eum makes distinguished UK debuts in Birmingham with the CBSO and Omer Meir Wellber (Mozart Piano Concerto No 21) and London’s Cadogan Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Mozart Piano Concerto No 8 & 21). Further significant debuts beyond 2017-18 season include appearances at Grafenegg Festival with The Tonkunstler Orchestra (Mozart Piano Concerto No.20) and Dresdner Philharmoniker (Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2) under Dmitrij Kitajenko; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Susanna Mälkki (Mozart Piano Concerto No 23); Budapest Festival Orchestra under Dmitrij Kitajenko (Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2); NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1) and Moscow’s House of Music with Moscow Virtuosi under Maestro Spivakov (Mozart Piano Concerto Nos 13 & 21).

A sensitive, emotional and powerful pianist, Yeol Eum gives frequent solo and chamber music performances around the world.  In the current and future seasons, significant recitals include returns to the Helsingborg Piano Festival, Fribourg International Piano Series and debuts in Duisburg, Szczecin, East Neuk Festival and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the UK, San Francisco Chamber Music Society and The Phillips Collection in Washington DC in the States.

In the recording studio, spring 2018 will see the release (Onyx) of her recording of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21, of which her performance at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition has reached nearly 10 million views on YouTube, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner for whom it was the very last recording. In February 2016, Yeol Eum released a new DECCA album, Modern Times, featuring solo piano music written between 1910-1920 by Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel. Her discography also includes her debut CD of complete Chopin Etudes (2004), Chopin Nocturnes for Piano and Strings (2008); prize-winning Cliburn Competition live performance (2009) and a multi-channel SACD O’ New World Music (2012).

Yeol Eum Son was a student of Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, where she now lives. She holds a degree from the Korean National University of Arts. Yeol Eum is an honorary ambassador of the Seoul Arts Center and her home city of Wonju.


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords & Orchestra in C minor BWV 1060
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords & Orchestra in C major BWV 1061
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords & Orchestra in D minor BWV 1063

Bartok, Bella

Concerto no. 3 in E major, Sz. 119 BB 127

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Concerto no. 1 in C major, op. 15
Concerto no. 2 in B flat major, op. 19
Concerto no. 3 in C minor, op. 37
Concerto no. 4 in G major, op. 58
Concerto no. 5 in E flat major, op. 73 “Emperor”
Triple-Concerto in C major for Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra, op. 56
Choral Fantasy in C minor op. 80

Brahms, Johannes

Concerto no. 2 in B flat major, op. 83

Chopin, Frederic Francois

Concerto no. 1 in E minor, op. 11
Concerto no. 2 in F minor, op. 21
Andante Spianato & Grand Polonaise Brillante op. 22
Variations on “La ci darem la mano” op. 2

Dvorak, Antonin

Concerto for in G minor, Op. 33

Gershwin, George

Concerto in F
Rhapsody in Blue
Variations on “I Got Rhythm”

Grieg, Edward

Concerto in A minor

Jolivet, Andre

Concerto for Trumpet, Piano & Strings

Liszt, Franz

Concerto no. 1 in E flat major
Concerto no. 2 in A major
Hungarian Fantasie

Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix

Concerto no. 1 in G minor, op. 25
Concerto no. 2 in D minor, op. 40
Concerto for Violin, Piano & Strings in D minor

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

All Concerti including
Concerto in E flat major for 2 Pianos & Orchestra K. 365
Concerto in F major for 3 Pianos & Orchestra K. 242

Prokofiev, Sergei

Concerto no. 2 in G minor, op. 16
Concerto no. 3 in C major, op. 26

Rachmaninoff, Sergei

Concerto no. 1 in F sharp minor, op. 1
Concerto no. 2 in C minor, op. 18
Concerto no. 3 in D minor, op. 30
Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, op. 43

Ravel, Maurice

Concerto in G major
Concerto for the Left Hand

Saint-Saens, Camille

Concerto no. 2 in G minor, op. 22

Schumann, Robert

Concerto in A minor, op. 54

Shchedrin, Rodion

Concerto no. 3

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Concerto no. 1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet & Strings op. 35
Concerto no. 2 in F major, op. 102

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilych

Concerto no. 1 in B flat major, op. 23
Concerto no. 2 in G major, op. 44

Weber, Carl Maria von

Concerto-piece in F minor, op. 79