Introducing Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo

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Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo

Although pianist Yekwon Sunwoo is only 25-years-old, he’s already racked up a shelf of awards, such as gold medal at the William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Sendai Competition in Japan. On this Young Artists Showcase, the young virtuoso presents an in-concert performance of the popular (and incredibly difficult) Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff.

The Korean-born pianist has actually appeared twice on the Young Artists Showcase, but each time as piano accompanist for Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Benjamin Beilman. This week Sunwoo steps into the spotlight. As winner of the recent Nadia Reisenberg auditions, named for host Bob Sherman’s mother, Yekwon Sunwoo will be presented in recital at Merkin Concert Hall next season. 

This week's curtain-raiser is the thrilling Sensemayá by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. The piece was inspired by a Cuban writer Nicolás Guillén, whose poem of the same name depicts an Afro-Caribbean snake ritual. This arrangement for winds by Frank Bencriscutto was recorded last year at Michigan State University.

Program details:
Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemayá (arr. by Frank Bencriscutto)
— Michigan State University Symphonic Winds; Kevin Sedatole, conductor.

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
— Yekwon Sunwoo, piano; Sendai Philharmonic; Pascal Verrot, conductor. Recorded live in 2013 at the Sendai City Youth Cultural Center in Japan.