A double Second Prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 2011 (To my ears she gave the more exciting interpretation of the mandatory Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto: a blistering reading that left me gasping.
I would have given her gold, not silver’ The Times, London) and at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Yeol Eum Son’s graceful interpretations, crystalline touch and versatile, thrilling performances have caught the attention of audiences worldwide.
Praised for her widely eclectic concerti repertoire, ranging from Bach and all Mozart to Shchedrin and Gershwin, her recent concerto highlights include appearances with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, Seoul Philharmonic and a European tour with KBS Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2017-18 season, Yeol Eum makes her UK debuts in Birmingham with the CBSO (Mozart Piano Concerto No 21) and London’s Cadogan Hall with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 8 & 21) on 20 April.
This recording was the last made by Sir Neville Marriner. (Presto Classical)
“Conductor Neville Marriner’s final album before his death is full of wit and vitality. Under his inspiring leadership, pianist Yeol Eum Son shines in Mozart’s late Piano Concerto No. 21, playing with a forensic attention to detail and revelling in the smallest gestures while the orchestra responds exquisitely to every nuance. The stunning second movement Andante, with its subtle changes in mood, is utterly radiant, while the final Allegro, each note a sparkling jewel, emerges as a slice of musical perfection.” (Apple Music)