archive of soloists

Yeol Eum Son

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 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Mikko Franck, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, amongst others.

In the 2017-18 season, Yeol Eum made distinguished UK debuts in Birmingham with the CBSO under Omer Meir Wellber and at London’s Cadogan Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Her London debut coincided with the 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.

Distinguished debut highlights of the 2018-19 season feature engagements at the Grafenegg Festival with the Tonkunstler-Orchester and at the Dresdner Philharmonie under Dmitrij Kitajenko. During the current season, Yeol Eum also gives her Swiss concerto debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Susanna Mälkki. Son will appear together with the same orchestra at the Seoul Arts Centre under the baton of Jonathan Nott. Strengthening her UK presence, Yeol Eum returns twice to London for a concerto debut at King’s Place with the Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon and for a chamber collaboration at Wigmore Hall with the cellist Natalie Klein. Further debuts include appearances at Moscow’s House of Music with the Moscow Virtuosi under Maestro Spivakov and at the Budapest Festival with its orchestra under Dmitrij Kitajenko.

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 her Scottish recital debut at the East Neuk Festival. Yeol Eum also returns to the Helsingborg Piano Festival, Fribourg International Piano Series and to Berlin for a chamber concert at Berlin Philharmonie.

Yeol Eum’s new releases include two DECCA albums: the recital CD Modern Times featuring solo piano music written between 1910 and 1920 by Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel, and a Schumann and Brahms CD with violinist Clara-Jumi Kang.

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.