“Yeol Eum Son is a model of clarity and fleetness”
Yeol Eum Son’s graceful and timeless interpretations, crystalline touch and versatile, thrilling performances have caught the attention of audiences worldwide. She is highly regarded as a brilliant virtuoso whose playing has a rare balance between enormous kinetic energy and substantial gravity.
Praised for her widely eclectic concerti repertoire, ranging from Bach, all-Mozart, early German and Russian Romantic to Gershwin and Ligeti, Yeol Eum has collaborated with major ensembles worldwide such as New York Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Tonkunstler Orchestra at the Grafenegg Festival, Bergen Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Virtuosi among many others. Yeol Eum performs with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Susanna Mälkki, Nicholas Collon, Jaime Martin, Joana Carneiro, Pablo González, Jun Märkl, Case Scaglione, Anja Bihlmaier and Roberto González-Monjas.
Across 22/23 season, Yeol Eum will feature as Artist in Residence with the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague. During her residency Yeol Eum will have several opportunities to present her rich artistry by interpreting piano concerti by Mozart, Gershwin, Ravel and Saint -Saëns. Among notable 22/23 season highlights are debuts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, FinnishRadio Symphony, NDR, Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias
and Musikkollegium Winterthur.
In summer 2019 Yeol Eum made her Royal Albert Hall and BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic.
A sensitive, emotional, and powerful recitalist, across 2022 Yeol Eum makes debuts at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Brussel’s Flagey and returns to Mosel Musikfestival, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff and many more.
An avid chamber musician, in 2018 Yeol Eum was appointed Artistic Director of Music in PyeongChang, the biggest music festival in her native Korea. Yeol Eum is responsible for programming both summer and winter festivals at the Olympic site in PyeongChang.
As a chamber musician across 21/22 season, Yeol Eum collaborated with Quatuor Modigliani at the Haus der Musik Innsbruck as well as with the Belcea
Quartet at Gare du Nord in Basel.
Yeol Eum’s most recent recital recordings include an all- Kapustin release of Onyx (2021) marking a year since the composer’s death and celebrating his remarkable contribution to the piano repertoire; Schumann release on Onyx (2020) featuring Fantasy in C.
Yeol Eum is Honorary Ambassador of the Seoul Arts Center and her home city of Wonju. A double Second Prize winner of 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.