Yekwon Sunwoo

Gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 29-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo has been hailed for his ’unfailingly consistent excellence’ (‘International Piano’) and celebrated as ‘a pianist who commands a comprehensive technical arsenal that allows him to thunder without breaking a sweat’ (‘Chicago Tribune’).

Born in Anyang, South Korea, Yekwon Sunwoo gave both his recital and orchestra debuts in 2004 in Seoul. In previous seasons, Mr. Sunwoo has performed as soloist with famous orchestras under Marin Alsop, Itzhak Perlman, Leonard Slatkin and Nicholas McGegan, among others. He has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Radio France and Salle Cortot in Paris, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, and throughout South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Prague, and Morocco, among other countries. He has also performed at prominent music festivals.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Sunwoo’s partners have included the Jerusalem and Brentano String Quartets, violinists Benjamin Beilman and Ida Kafavian, cellists Edgar Moreau, Isang Enders, and Peter Wiley, and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. He has toured Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama with the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, performed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Inside Chamber Music Lectures, and been invited to the Summit Music, Bowdoin International, and Toronto Summer Music Festivals.

In addition to the Cliburn gold medal, 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.

Mr. Sunwoo began learning piano at age eight. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, master’s degree at The Juilliard School, and artist diploma at the Mannes School of Music studying with Seymour Lipkin, Robert McDonald, and Richard Goode, respectively. He currently studies with Bernd Goetzke at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.

A self-proclaimed foodie, Mr. Sunwoo enjoys finding pho in each city he visits and takes pride in his own homemade Korean soups.

Yekwon Sunwoo beim Beethovenfest






8:00 pm

Cello in ’Fire‘

  • Linus Roth violin
  • Isang Enders cello
  • Yekwon Sunwoo piano
  • SWR Experimentalstudio live-electonic realisation
  • Simon Spillner Director of sound
  • Vassos Nicolaou Director of sound, Composition
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Vassos Nicolaou and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
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