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Performance by award-winning pianist to conclude Artists Series season

RELEASED: April 21, 2010

Yeol Eum Son
Yeol Eum Son
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EAU CLAIRE — The silver medalist in the most recent Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will perform May 6 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, concluding this season's Artists Series.

Yeol Eum Son, a 23-year-old pianist from South Korea, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. She will replace Van Cliburn finalist Evgeni Bozhanov, who is participating in a piano competition in Belgium. Tickets for Bozhanov's concert will be accepted at the door. Food and drink will be available for purchase before the concert and at intermission.

Yeol Eum Son (pronounced Your-arm Son) was awarded both the silver medal and the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music in the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held in June 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. Already considered among the most important artists of her generation in South Korea, Son has performed there with almost every notable orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic on several occasions, most recently as part of the orchestra's historic visit to Seoul.

Her prize in the Van Cliburn competition — "the most prestigious classical piano contest in the world" (Chicago Tribune) — includes three years of national concert tours and a Harmonia Mundi recording of her competition performances that was released in October.

Her Artists Series concert will begin with Beethoven's Andante Favori in F major, WoO 57, and Carnaval, Op. 9, by Robert Schumann. After intermission Son will perform four works by Chopin: Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55, No. 2; Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2; Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53 ("Heroic"); and Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58.

Son developed a deep appreciation of the music of Schubert and Schumann while a student of Arie Vardi at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover in Germany. She holds a degree from the Korean National University of the Arts, where she studied with Dae Jin Kim. Prior to receiving the silver medal in Texas, Son was the first-place winner in Italy's 2002 Viotti International Music Competition, as well as the winner of Germany's Kissinger Klavierolympiade in Bad Kissingen and the 2000 Ettlingen International Piano Competition. She won third prize in the triennial Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition held in Israel in 2005.

Son was particularly honored to play at the 2007 welcoming concert for the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, at the U.N. General Assembly Hall in New York City.

Fluent in both Korean and English, Son has homes in Hannover, Germany, and Wonju, Korea.

Tickets are $17 for the public, $15 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, or $7 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets for students are half-price, $3.50, until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student-ticket price.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard, Visa or Discover when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. The Artists Series is also funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio, WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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