Son Yeol-Eum

Son, Yeol-eum, is a South Korean classical pianist. She is recognized as the promising young musician from South Korea.


Son was born in 1986 in Wonju, South Korea. Son took her first piano lesson at the age of three. She made a recital debut on Kumho Prodigy Concert Series in July 1998. At age of At age of twelve, she started studying with pianist Kim Dae-jin. At age sixteen, she entered the Korean National University of Arts to continue her piano studies. At the age of 18, she recorded the complete Chopin Etudes (Op 10 and Op 25) for a "Universal Music" CD. She has performed with New York Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, Japan,Israel and many other places. She has been sponsored by Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, Korea.


  • 1997: 2nd Prize, International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians
  • 1999: 1st Prize, Oberlin International Piano Competition
  • 2001: 1st Prize, The 7th Ettlingen Piano Competition
  • 2002: 1st Prize, 53rd Viotti International Music Competition
  • 2004: Awardee, 1st Kumho Musician of the Year Award
  • 2005: 3rd Prize, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition
  • 2005: Finalist, 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition

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