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On April 1st, 2019 Jeung Beum Sohn won the prestigious 9th International German Piano Award in Frankfurt Germany awarded by the International Piano Forum. Yet 2017, he became the first Korean pianist to win the 1st price at one of the world’s most prestigious, Munich ARD International Music Competition in Germany with his powerful and impeccable technic with mature and sincere musical sense. His competition repertoire ranged from Bach to Tchaikovsky, and his creative interpretation along with various color of playing have captured hearts of many. And this achievement from the competition led him advance to collaborate with the most distinguished musicians and musical venues in Europe since.
His forthcoming highlights include recitals in major German cities such as Stuttgart, Munich, Weimar, Leipzig and Dresden. His recital at Leipzig Gewandhaus is to be recorded live for future CD release, and it is to be broadcasted throughout Germany via television. He would also be featured at famous festivals in Europe which some of the World’s finest pianists are invited to play including Ruhr Festival, the largest piano festival in Germany, Busoni Piano Festival(Italy), Cervo Festival(Italy) and Colloquium Musicum Basel(Swiss).
He won the George Enescu International Competition(Romania) in 2011 only at the age of 20 that showed his strong presence to the international stage. He was also awarded from Geneve International Music Competition(Swiss) and Val Tidone International Music Competition(Italy). He has worked with renowned orchestras including Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Munich Chamber Orchestra at Gasteig hall in Munich(Germany), and had a concerto with Schlesischen Kammer Orchestra in Katowice(Poland). He was also invited for recitals in Istanbul and Ankara from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Turkey.
Jeung Beum Sohn started playing the piano at the age of 4 and his first stage appearance was at 8 years old, at Kumho Prodigy Concert Series at Kumho Art Hall. His bright musical talent was recognized from the early stage by conquering numerous national musical competitions and he successfully made his concerto debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 13 playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1.
Since then, he has decorated notable Korean stages including Kumho Art Hall Rising Star series in 2013, and appeared with Korea’s leading ensembles including Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Gwangju Symphony Orchestra to name a few. He has received the Minister prize from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea which is given to talented people who have honored Korea.
In 2018, he was appointed as the soloist for an inaugural concert of One Korea Youth Orchestra and played Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 under the baton of maestro Myung Whun Chung, and he also collaborated at the Korean Chamber Orchestra’s New Year concert. His following concerts in Korea includes Kumho Artist series Recital at Kumho Art Hall, concerto with Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra for its Master Series, and with Korean Symphony Orchestra for its Haydn cycle projects.
Jeung Beum Sohn graduated from Korean National University of the Arts where he studied with Choongmo Kang. In 2012, he moved to Germany to study with Arnulf von Arnim and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with a master’s degree. He is currently attending Musikhochschule Münster for a concert diploma under the same professor’s guidance.
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