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The Cliburn 2017 Gold Medalist: Solo Piano Recital

The Cliburn 2017 Gold Medalist: Yekwon Sunwoo
Solo Piano Recital

Wednesday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Once every four years, one remarkable pianist emerges victorious from the most prestigious piano competition in the world. Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as one of the world's highest-visibility classical music contests and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience.

Yekwon Sunwoo has been awarded the 2017 gold medal. Born in Anyang, South Korea, the 28-year-old pianist began learning piano at age 8. He gave his recital and orchestra debuts in 2004—both in Seoul, before moving to the United States in 2005 to study with Seymour Lipkin at the Curtis Institute of Music. He earned his bachelor’s degree there and his master’s at The Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald, and also studied with Richard Goode at the Mannes School of Music. He currently studies under Bernd Goetzke in Hannover. In addition to the Cliburn prize, Mr. Sunwoo has won first prizes at the 2015 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt, the 2014 Vendome Prize held at the Verbier Festival, the 2013 Sendai International Music Competition, and the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition. He has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra under Itzhak Perlman at Avery Fisher Hall, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, Houston Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, Radio France and Salle Cortot in Paris, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. Mr. Sunwoo has been featured on WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase, and has performed chamber music for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with Ida Kavafian and Peter Wiley as part of Curtis On Tour, and with Roberto Diaz on the Bay Chamber Concerts.

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109
GRAINGER (arr.) “Ramble on the last Love-duet” from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenklavier
RACHMANINOFF Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, op. 36 (1931)

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