A Recital by Yekwon Sunwoo, Gold Medal Winner of the 2017 Van Cliburn CompetitionBack To Calendar
With special thanks to Ruth Carver
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MOZART: Romance in A-flat major, K. AnH 205
MOZART: Rondo in A minor, K. 511
MOZART: Piano Sonata in C major, K. 330 (K. 300h)
SCHUBERT: Moments musicaux, D. 780
RAVEL: La valse
Every four years, the Aspen Music Festival and School presents a performance by one of the winners of the prestigious quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, one of the most important and respected competitions of its kind. This year, the competition takes place May 26 through June 10 in Fort Worth, Texas, after thirty competitors are selected from worldwide, in-person auditions. Winners receive coveted Cliburn medals, cash prizes and awards and three years of commission-free career management valued at more than $1.3 million.
Yekwon Sunwoo is the gold medalist of the fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and has been hailed for his performativity and espressiveness by the San Francisco Examiner. Born in Anyang, South Korea, Mr. Sunwoo began learning piano at age 8. He gave both his recital and orchestral debuts in 2004 in Seoul and has since performed as soloist with the Baltimore, Fort Worth, and Houston Symphonies; the National Orchestra of Belgium; and the Sendai Philharmonic, under conductors Marin Alsop, Itzhak Perlman, Nicholas McGegan, and Leonard Slatkin. He has performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Salle Cortot, and throughout South Korea, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Prague, and Morocco. He has performed with the Jerusalem and Brentano string quartets, Benjamin Beilman, Ida Kavafian, Edgar Moreau, and Gary Hoffman. The 2017–2018 season will include recitals in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Vancouver; a nine-city tour of the United States with the National Orchestra of Cuba; and concerts across Europe and Asia. Decca Gold released Cliburn Gold 2017 after his competition win, featuring his performances of Ravel’s La Valse and Rachmaninoff’s Second Sonata. Currently studying with Bernd Goetzke, Mr. Sunwoo also received guidance from Seymour Lipkin, Robert McDonald, and Richard Goode.