Internationally acclaimed pianist to perform at Morningside College

January 31, 2019, in Music, Latest News

Internationally-acclaimed pianist Yekwon Sunwoo will perform a solo recital at Morningside College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave., as part of the Morningside College Piano Recital Series.

The performance is free and open to the public. The recital will include works by Grainger, Schubert, Chopin and Hamelin.

Known for “his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness,” Sunwoo has won numerous international piano competitions, including the gold medal in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Described as a powerful and virtuosic performer, Sunwoo has said he “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music” and hopes to convey those fundamental emotions to audiences.

In addition to the Cliburn gold medal, Sunwoo won first prize at the 2015 International German Piano Competition in Frankfurt, the 2014 Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the 2013 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan, the 2012 Piano Campus International Concours in France, and the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland.

Sunwoo has performed as a soloist with many orchestras worldwide, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and National Orchestra of Belgium. He has also appeared in recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea, and throughout South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Prague and Morocco.

Born in Anyang, South Korea, Sunwoo began learning piano at age 8. He gave both his recital and orchestra debuts in 2004 in Seoul, South Korea, before moving to the United States in 2005. He received his master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he won the Munz Scholarship and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize. He recorded his first solo album on the Fontec label in 2014.