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2017 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo Performs Solo Piano Recital at Soka Performing Arts Center

2017 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo Performs Solo Piano Recital at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – In June Yekwon Sunwoo won gold at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Now, he will perform a solo recital at Soka Performing Arts Center on Friday, October 6, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults; $32 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $29 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Twenty-eight-year-old pianist Sunwoo has been hailed for “his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness” (San Francisco Examiner) and the New York Times calls his playing “crisp and effervescent.” A powerful and virtuosic performer, Sunwoo has won first prizes at international piano competitions each year since 2012. This recital’s program includes Schubert’s Sonata in C Minor, D. 958; Percy Grainger’s “Ramble on the Last Love-Duet” from Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier; Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36; and Ravel’s La Valse.

The first Korean to win Cliburn gold, Sunwoo launches his debut season in 2017–2018 with invitations to the Aspen, Grand Teton, and Duszniki International music festivals. Recitals will take him to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, and he undertakes a nine-city tour of the United States with the National Orchestra of Cuba in the spring. In Europe, Sunwoo makes his United Kingdom concerto debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Cristian Macelaru, appears in the first full season at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and performs in Brussels, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Madrid, Helsingborg, and across Germany. His appearances in Asia include Beirut, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and across South Korea.

Born in Anyang, South Korea, Sunwoo began learning piano at age eight. He earned his bachelor’s degree there, his master’s degree at the Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, and his artist diploma at the Mannes School of Music with Richard Goode. He currently studies under Bernd Goetzke in Hannover.