Yeol Eum Son

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Yeol Eum Son
Born (1986-05-02) May 2, 1986 (age 32)
Wonju, South Korea
Instruments Piano
Labels Decca Classics, Onyx Classics, Harmonia Mundi
Yeol Eum Son
Hangul 열음
Hanja 孫熱音
Revised Romanization Son Yeoleum
McCune–Reischauer Son Yǒlǔm

Yeol Eum Son (born May 2, 1986, in Wonju, South Korea) is a South Korean classical pianist. She first drew international attention when she appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel in 2004. Her awards include the Silver Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition 2011, in which she also received the Best Chamber Concerto Performances and the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work.


Son took her first piano lesson at the age of three and a half. She made a recital debut on Kumho Prodigy Concert Series in July 1998. At the age of twelve, she started studying with pianist Kim Dae-jin. At age sixteen, she entered the Korea National University of Arts to continue her piano studies. At the age of 18, she recorded the complete Chopin Etudes (Op. 10 and Op. 25) for a CD on the Universal Music Label.


She has performed with New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, NHK Symphony Orchestra, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and many others under the baton of Yuri Bashmet, Karel Mark Chichon, Myung-whun Chung, James Conlon, Lawrence Foster, Valery Gergiev, Dmitri Kitayenko, Lorin Maazel, Ludovic Morlot. Since 2006, she has been studying with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theatre, Hannover, Germany.

Writing career[edit]

Since May 2010, she has written a monthly column for the JoongAng Sunday, a Sunday edition of JoongAng Ilbo, one of Korea's most widely read newspapers.



  • 2004: Chopin "24 Etudes" (Universal Music)
  • 2008: Chopin "Nocturnes" for Piano and Orchestra (Universal Music)
  • 2009: 13th Van Cliburn Competition: Yeol Eum Son, Silver Medalist (Harmonia Mundi)
  • 2012: Yeol Eum Son, Piano (O'new World Music)
  • 2016: Schumann & Brahms [2]


  1. ^ "Kissinger Sommer , Kissinger Klavierolymp". Retrieved 2017-07-24.
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