Praised for her widely concerti repertoire, ranging from Bach, all-Mozart, early German and Russian Romantic to Gershwin and Ligeti, Yeol Eum Son has collaborated with major ensembles worldwide such as Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Bergen Philharmonic, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France among many others. She performs with conductors such as Dmitri Kitayenko, Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Andrew Manze and Omer Meir Wellber.
A distinguished Mozart interpreter, in the recent concert seasons, Yeol Eum made major UK debuts with the CBSO in Birmingham (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21) and at London’s Cadogan Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Mozart’s Piano Concerti No’s 8 & 21). Most recently Yeol Eum made her BBC Prom debut with the BBC Philharmonic (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15). Further significant UK debuts in the 18/19 season included appearances at King’s Place with Aurora Orchestra (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21) and Wigmore Hall debut for a chamber collaboration with the cellist Natalie Klein.
Significant concerti debuts across the 19/20 season and beyond include collaborations with Budapest Festival Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw debut with The Hague Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne; Philharmonie de Paris debut with Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. Following previous successful concerti collaborations, Yeol Eum will also return to Deutsche Radio Philharmonie.
A sensitive, emotional and powerful recitalist, Yeol Eum gives frequent solo and chamber performances across the globe. In the 19/20 season and beyond Yeol Eum makes recital debuts in Luzerne’s KKLSaal, Bern’s Paul Klee Centre, Porto’s Casa da Música, Belgrade’s Kolarac Concert Hall and at the Tallin Piano Festival.
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. Further chamber highlights in 2020 include appearances at Philharmonie Cologne for collaborations with the principle players from WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and Quatuor Modigliani.
Yeol Eum’s new releases include two DECCA albums: recital CD Modern Times- featuring solo piano music written between 1910-1920 by Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel, and Schumann and Brahms CD with violinist Clara-Jumi Kang. Previous albums include debut CD of complete Chopin Etudes (2004); Chopin Nocturnes for Piano and Strings (2008); prize-winning Cliburn Competition live performance (2009) and a multi-channel SACD O’ New World Music (2012).
Yeol Eum is Honorary Ambassador of the Seoul Arts Center and her home city of Wonju. A double Second Prize winner at 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.