Yekwon Wins Cliburn Gold Medal
Yekwon wins the gold medal at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, known as “the most prestigious classical music contest in the world” (The Chicago Tribune). He is the first South Korean to receive the coveted first prize. The 28-year old bested 29 competitors who performed in four rounds over the course of two weeks in Fort Worth, Texas. The applicant pool began with 290 pianists.
With the first prize comes a cash prize of $50,000 and a gold cup. More importantly, it comes with the tools to support and launch Yekwon’s career comprising of three years of career management including US and international concert tours, live recording, press kits, videos, and performance attire.
The 2017 edition of the competition brought live streaming of all performances for the first time across the world. The competition culminated in a live showing of the final concerto round in movie theaters across the nation. If you missed it, you may still watch all the live performances on Medici TV here.