Gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 29-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo has been hailed for his “unfailingly consistent excellence” (International Piano) and celebrated as “a pianist who commands a comprehensive technical arsenal that allows him to thunder without breaking a sweat” (Chicago Tribune). A powerful and virtuosic performer, he also, in his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music.”
The first Korean to win Cliburn gold, Mr. Sunwoo’s 2018–19 season featured concerto performances with Munich Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev in Seoul, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester under Sebastian Weigle, Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali under Daniele Callegari, and a European tour with the KBS Symphony. He extensively tours Japan including Tokyo, Sendai and Shizuoka. Solo recitals bring him to Houston’s Society of the Performing Arts, Washington Performing Arts, Texas Performing Arts, Seattle’s Meany Hall, Portugal’s Casa da Musica and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He also performs chamber music with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet.