Pianist Yeol Eum Son has signed with naïve, A Believe label. The first album of this brilliant new collaboration is a 6-CD box set of Mozart’s complete piano sonatas. The stunning new recording will be available in stores and online on 17 March 2023.
Yeol Eum said, “I am beyond excited to begin a partnership with naïve, the label I have adored for many years. Their belief, their passion, and their vision are so rare to find these days in this industry. It is even more special for me to start the collaboration with my complete Mozart Sonata album, a long-cherished project of mine.”
Pierre-Antoine Devic, head of Classical & Jazz at Believe, said, “Yeol Eum Son’s art, the light she brings to the music of the great composers, and her way to cultivate a special link with her audience, have made us build a very special relationship, and we are so happy to welcome such a fantastic artist to the naïve family. Welcome, Yeol Eum!”
Poetic elegance, an innate feeling for expressive nuance and the power to project bold dramatic contrasts are among the arresting attributes of Yeol Eum Son’s pianism. Her refined artistry rises from breath-taking technical control and a profound empathy for the emotional temper of the works within her strikingly wide repertoire. She is driven above all by her natural curiosity to explore a multitude of musical genres and styles and the desire to reveal what she describes as the “pure essence” of everything she performs.
Yeol Eum’s 2022/23 schedule includes a succession of debut performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2), the NDR Radiophilharmonie (Beethoven and Rachmaninov concertos), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1), the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (Szymanowski’s Symphony No.4), Musikkollegium Winterthur (Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B-flat Major K.595), and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2).
Her previous recordings include her radiant interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 in C Major K.467 for Onyx Classics with Academy of St Martin in the Fields and what proved to be Sir Neville Marriner’s final recording; Modern Times, an album of works by Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel (Decca, 2016); Schumann’s Fantasy in C, Kreisleriana and Arabesque (Onyx, 2020); and a disc devoted to Nikolai Kapustin’s Eight Concert Etudes, Piano Sonata No.2 and other representative compositions (Onyx, 2021).
In addition to her full performance schedule, Yeol Eum was Artistic Director of Music in PyeongChang Festival between 2018 and 2022.
Photo: Marco Borregreve