Yeoul Eum Son
Yeol Eum Son (born May 2, 1986, in Wonju, South Korea) is a South Korean classical pianist. Her awards include the Silver Medal at the 13th International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, in which she also received the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music. As part of her prize package, Yeol Eum Son received artist management from the Van Cliburn Foundation for three seasons following the competition and immediately embarked on an extensive tour across the United States and abroad.
Yeol Eum 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, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. She has been sponsored by Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, Korea. Since 2006, Yeol-eum Son has been studying with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule fьr Musik und Theatre, Hannover, Germany.