About Yeol Eum Son

Yeol Eum Son’s graceful and timeless 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, Dresdner Philharmoniker, The Tonkunstler Orchestra at the Grafenegg Festival and Bergen Philharmonic (Dmitrij Kitajenko and Pablo González); a debut Paris date with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Mikko Franck); Swiss concerto debut with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Susanna Mälkki and Jonathan Nott) amongst many others.

A distinguished Mozart interpreter, across the 17/18 season Yeol Eum made major UK debuts with the CBSO in Birmingham (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 with Omer Meir Wellber) and at London’s Cadogan Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Mozart’s Piano Concerti No’s 8 & 21). Her London debut coincided with Onyx CD release of a highly acclaimed all-Mozart recording featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner for whom it was the very last recording. According to The Times Yeol Eum Son is a model of clarity and fleetness whilst Gramophone called the recording an uncommonly fine Mozartian debut.

Strengthening her UK presence, in the 18/19 season Yeol Eum makes her BBC Prom debut with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber interpreting Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15. Most recently Yeol Eum also made her debut at King’s Place with Aurora Orchestra (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 with Nicholas Collon) and appeared at the Wigmore Hall for a chamber collaboration with the cellist Natalie Klein. In the 19/20 Yeol Eum makes her debut with Liverpool Philharmonic (Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Andrew Manze) and tours the UK with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand with Yan Pascal Tortelier).

Further recent and future distinguished concerti appearances include collaborations with Moscow Virtuosi (Mozart Piano Concerti No’s 13 & 21 with Vladimir Spivakov); St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the left hand with Alexander Dimitriev); Budapest Festival Orchestra (Rachmaninov No. 2 with Dmitrij Kitajenko); Singapore and West Australian Symphony Orchestras (Mozart’s Piano Concerti No’s 27 & 21 with Vasily Petrenko) and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne interpreting Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 arranged for Piano and String Quintet.

A sensitive, emotional and powerful pianist, Yeol Eum gives frequent solo and chamber music performances across the globe. Most recent recitals include debuts with San Francisco Chamber Music Society, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Helsingborg Piano Festival, International Piano Series in Switzerland, Welsh debut at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Scottish recital debut at the East Neuk Festival for which The Scotsman presides Yeol Eum for having found that vital emotional connection with the music and physically embracing its raw energy and dynamic extremes with ferocious virtuosity. Further significant recital debuts include appearances in Luzerne (KKL Saal), Istanbul (Istanbul Recitalleri), Porto (Casa da Música), Moscow (House of Music) and Belgrade (Kolarac Concert Hall).

Yeol Eum’s new releases include two DECCA albums: recital CD Modern Times- featuring solo piano music written between 1910-1920 by Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel, and Schumann and Brahms CD with violinist Clara-Jumi Kang. Previous albums include 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).

In 2018, Yeol Eum was appointed Artistic Director of PyeongChang Music Festival & School in her native Korea where she is responsible for programming both summer and winter festivals at the Olympic site in PyeongChang. Yeol Eum is Honorary Ambassador of the Seoul Arts Center and her home city of Wonju. 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 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.

Repertoire

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

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