Cliburn Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo to Present Concert at El Camino College
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Cliburn Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo to Present Concert at El Camino College

Celebrated Cliburn pianist Yekwon Sunwoo will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 in El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium. 

Gold medalist of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the 28-year-old pianist has been hailed for “his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness” by the San Francisco Examiner. A powerful and virtuosic performer, he also, in his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music,” and hopes to convey those fundamental emotions to audiences.

Born in Anyang, South Korea, Sunwoo began learning piano at age 8. He gave both his recital and orchestra debuts in 2004 in Seoul before moving to the United States in 2005 to study with Seymour Lipkin at the Curtis Institute of Music. He earned his bachelor’s degree there, his master’s at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, and his artist diploma at the Mannes School of Music. 

The first Korean to win Cliburn gold, Sunwoo launched his debut season in 2017–2018 with invitations to the Aspen, Grand Teton, and Duszniki international music festivals. Record label Decca Gold released “Cliburn Gold 2017” two weeks after his Cliburn win, which includes his award-winning performances of Ravel’s “La valse” and Rachmaninoff’s “Second Piano Sonata.” 

The program at El Camino College will include “Ramble on Love” from “Der Rosenkavalier” by Strauss/Grainger; Four Impromptus, D.935 by Franz Schubert; and Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5 by Johannes Brahms.

Tickets for Center for the Arts performances may be purchased online at using the online ticketing system or by phone at 800-832-ARTS. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Campus parking is $3. El Camino College is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance.

September 24, 2018