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Cliburn International Piano Competition winner - Yekwon Sunwoo speaks with Classical Radio

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On June 10, the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition crowned its 2017 gold medalist in Fort Worth, Texas: 28 year-old Yekwon Sunwoo of South Korea.  On June 23, Decca Gold ( Universal Music Group) released a recording of Yekwon Sunwoo on all digital platforms as part of their broader partnership with the Van Cliburn Organization. The physical release of the CD is set to follow on August 18.

The Decca Gold recording will include Sunwoo's performances of Ravel's La Valse; Grainger's arrangement of Ramble on the Last Love-Duet from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier; an original work by pianist-composer Marc-André Hamelin, Toccata on "L'homme armé"; Haydn's Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI 48;  Liszt's arrangement of Schubert's Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen, D. 343; and Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36. Sunwoo has also embarked on an international tour that kicked off earlier this month. 

Sunwoo was born in Anyang, South Korea and began learning piano at age 8. In conjunction with the Cliburn win, new Decca recording, and tour, the pianist has made some time to speak with Classical media outlets and radio networks/stations throughout the US, including SiriusXM, Classical 24, WFMT: Chicago, KDFC: San Francisco, and Minnesota Public Radio among others. Watch for our tweets throughout the day.