Sendai International Music Competition



SUNWOO Yekwon (Korea)

1st Prizewinner of the 5th SIMC Piano Section

As winner of 2013 Sendai International Music Competition and 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition, Yekwon Sunwoo performed as soloist with numerous orchestras such as Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Lockington, Orchestre National de Belgique under the baton of Marin Alsop, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie under the baton of Paul Goodwin, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Wilkins, l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Daegu City Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Sunwoo made his New York City debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2009 as winner of the Florida International Piano Competition and performed as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Itzhak Perlman at Avery Fisher Hall in 2012 after winning Juilliard Concerto Competition. Other awards include First Prize and Audience Prize in the 2012 Piano Campus International Concours, a laureate in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and First Prize in the 2009 Concours International de Piano “Interlaken Classics.

Mr. Sunwoo was invited to perform at various chamber music festivals such as the Summit Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and Chamber Music Northwest. In addition, he has given numerous recitals throughout France, Germany, Switzerland, and Morocco.

Mr. Sunwoo’s vivid chamber music experience includes an invitation from the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation in 2004, touring Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama. He has collaborated with Ida Kavafian and Peter Wiley in 2010 with Curtis On Tour and with Roberto Díaz on the Bay Chamber Concerts summer series in 2008.He has also performed with, Gary Hoffman, Anne- Marie McDermott, and Michael Tree.

Mr. Sunwoo has studied with Min-ja Shin and Sun-wha Kim in Korea, with Seymour Lipkin at Curtis Institute of Music, and with Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School. He is currently studying with Richard Goode at Mannes School of Music.