Classical Sundays: Ko-Eun Yi, solo piano

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Hailed by The New York Times as “the refined pianist”, pianist Ko-Eun Yi, the winner of the CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, has earned praise for playing with “élan and fire and a surplus of bravura technique” (Cincinnati Enquirer). She will perform pieces by Schumann, Chopin and more.

She has garnered numerous top prizes in her career, with successes at the 2010 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and the 2010 Wideman International Piano Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. The Washington Post applauded her debut recital in DC: “a masterful technician … Her finger-work was immaculate, inner voices were keenly drawn out, and there was no lack of power when needed.”

A compelling recitalist, Ko-Eun has given solo concerts around the U.S. at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, as well as internationally in Spain and South Korea. At the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 2013, Ko-Eun was also awarded the Victor & Sono Elmaleh Piano Prize for winning the nationally recognized competition.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ko-Eun began her piano studies at the age of three. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School and completed her Professional Studies degree at Manhattan School of Music. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University.

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