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Yekwon Sunwoo, interviews with Radio Purdue

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Medals have historically been given as prizes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze…They represent the first three Ages of Man in Greek mythology: the Golden Age, when men lived among the gods; the Silver Age, where youth lasted a hundred years; and the Bronze Age, the era of heroes! The custom of awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals for the highest achievers dates from at least the 18th century.

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 followed on August 18. The recording includes 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's playing has been described with: "...his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness" by the San Francisco Examiner. 28 year old Sunwoo says he "strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music," and hopes to convey those fundamental emotions to audiences.   We'll hear from Sunwoo on What's New.

Listen to the attached segment.