The Korea Times: Sunwoo Yekwon performs for his mentoring project for young Korean pianists
The Korea Times
Sunwoo Yekwon performs for his mentoring project for young Korean pianists
By Anna J. Park
Pianist Sunwoo Yekwon, one of the most sought-after Korean pianists on the international stage, is slated to perform a special concert at Myeongdong Cathedral in central Seoul on Aug. 26.
The winner of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2017, the most prestigious piano competition in North America, will present Schubert’s “4 Impromptus, D 935” and Chopin’s “24 Preludes, Op. 28” during the 75-minute concert, without intermission.
It is rare that the Myeongdong Cathedral, the church for the Archdiocese of Seoul, has given the green light for artists to perform there. But Sunwoo’s special concert is part of a joint social mentoring project in which he is collaborating with the Catholic Church to give emerging classical musicians scholarships and opportunities to perform.
As Artistic Director of the “Korean Young Pianist Series,” Sunwoo, 30, handpicked seven young pianists ― all recent award winners ― including Lim Ju-hee and Lee Hyuk, both 19, offering his mentorship and a stage for performance.
Sunwoo’s performance on Aug. 26 will open the concert series. It will be followed by solo recitals by the gifted seven up-and-coming pianists at Myeongdong Cathedral’s Familia Chapel from September to next March. All admission ticket profits from Sunwoo’s August concert will be donated for scholarships for the seven pianists.
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