15th Van Cliburn gold medalist to open Music Club season Sunday

 

Yekwon Sunwoo, a gold medalist for the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform Sunday, Sept. 16, to open the 2018-2019 concert season for the Fredericksburg Music Club.

Set for 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, the performance by the 28-year-old South Korean is free, although goodwill offerings are welcome.

Seating begins on a first-come basis at 2:30 p.m.

The first Korean to win Cliburn gold, the 2017 medalist was born in Anyang, South Korea where he began learning piano at age eight.

Sunwoo gave his first recital and orchestra debuts in 2004 in Seoul before moving to the United States in 2005 to study at the Curtis Institute of Music where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

His master’s followed at The Julliard School before he earned his artist diploma at the Mannes School of Music. He currently studies in Hannover, Germany.

Sunwoo launched his debut season in 2017-2018 with invitations to the Aspen, Grand Teton and Duszniki International Music Festivals.

Recitals during that season took him to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Vancouver along with a nine-city tour of the U.S. with the National Orchestra of Cuba.

In Europe, appearances this season include Great Britain, Hamburg, Brussels, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Madrid, Helsingborg and across Germany.

Asian performances are at Beirut, Taiwan, Hong Kong and across South Korea.

In addition to the Cliburn gold medal, Sunwoo, who is also an avid chamber musician, has won first prizes at the 2015 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt, the 2014 Vendome Prize at the Verbier Festival, the 2013 Sendai International Music Competition and the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition.

In addition to accepting freewill offerings at the door on Sunday, the performance is also being made possible through a grant by the Texas Commission on the Arts and by donations from members of the Fredericksburg Music Club.

At the afternoon concert, membership cards for individuals or corporate sponsors wishing to join the Fredericksburg Music Club will also be available at the door.

For more information, visit http://fredericksburgmusicclub.com/.

 

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