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 and Bergen Philharmonic under the baton of Dmitrij Kitajenko; a debut Paris date with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Mikko Franck, and Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev amongst others.
In the 2017-18 season, Yeol Eum made distinguished UK debuts in Birmingham with the CBSO and Omer Meir Wellber (Mozart Piano Concerto No 21) and at London’s Cadogan Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Mozart Piano Concerto No 8 & 21). 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.
Distinguished debut highlights of 2018-19 season feature engagements at Grafenegg Festival with The Tonkunstler Orchestra (Mozart Piano Concerto No.20) and Dresdner Philharmoniker (Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2) under Dmitrij Kitajenko. In the current season Yeol Eum also makes Swiss concerto debut with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Susanna Mälkki (Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23). Together with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Yeol Eum will appear in Seoul Arts Centre under the baton of Jonathan Nott (Schumann Piano Concerto). Strengthening her UK presence, Yeol Eum returns twice to London for a concerto debut at King’s Place with Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon (Mozart Piano Concerto No.21) and for a chamber collaboration at Wigmore Hall with the cellist Natalie Klein. Further debuts include appearances at Moscow’s House of Music with Moscow Virtuosi under Maestro Spivakov (Mozart Piano Concerto Nos 13 & 21) and at Budapest Festival Orchestra under Dmitrij Kitajenko (Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2).
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 and 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. Future significant recitals include the Welsh debut at the Royal Welsh College of Music, Turkish debut with Istanbul Recitals and at Moscow’s House of Music. Yeol Eum also returns to the Helsingborg Piano Festival, Fribourg International Piano Series and to Berlin for a chamber concert at Berlin Philharmonie 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 running at the recently built 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.