Biography

Korean pianist Ko-Eun Yi, a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, has earned praise for playing with “élan and fire and a surplus of bravura technique” (Cincinnati Enquirer). She has garnered numerous top prizes in her young career, including First Prize victories at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and the Wideman International Piano Competition in Jackson, Mississippi (both in 2010). The Washington Post applauded her recent 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.”

Recent seasons have included concerto engagements with the Midland-Odessa Symphony in Texas (Prokofiev Concerto No. 3) and University of Chicago Symphony (Gershwin Concerto in F).  Featured recitals have included appearances at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, Brooklyn Public Library and Florence Chamber Music Series of South Carolina. Additional solo performances include engagements at The Cliburn’s Chopin Festival in Fort Worth, and at Florida’s Atlantic Music Center and the Artist Series of Tallahassee, plus numerous recitals throughout the greater New York area.

She has been featured on WQXR’s long-running Young Artists Showcase program, including a live interview and performance in studio, and she was also invited to participate in WQXR’s June 2016 Chopin Piano Marathon, with a live video-stream of her performances of Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 and Scherzo No. 1, followed by later audio broadcast.

The Cincinnati Enquirer praised her Gold medal-winning concerto performance at the World Piano Competition: “…a fantasy world of shimmering sounds and colors. Her playing was at once flawless and dazzling…” Additional recent concerto highlights for Ko-Eun include US performances with the Boston Symphony, Roswell Symphony, New West Symphony and the Aspen Concert Orchestra, and internationally with the Barcelona Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.  She has collaborated with such conductors as Lawrence Foster, Leon Fleisher, Christopher Wilkins, and Marcelo Lehninger, as well as Benjamin Zander, with whom she toured South America playing Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with the New England Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

A compelling recitalist, Ko-Eun has given solo concerts around the US at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in NYC, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Bossier ‘Jam’n Bread’ Chamber Series in Shreveport, LA, the Trust Performing Arts Center in Harrisburg, PA and at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, as well as internationally in Spain and Korea. At the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Ko-Eun was also awarded the Victor & Sono Elmaleh Piano Prize.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Ko-Eun Yi began her piano studies at the age of three. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School studying with Jerome Lowenthal and completed her Professional Studies degree with André-Michel Schub at Manhattan School of Music. She is now completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University with Christina Dahl.

Audio

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3, Op.26, Andante-Allegro (excerpt)

Haydn: Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 48, Rondo: Presto

Ravel: Une barque sur l'océan, from Miroirs

Elliott Carter: catenaires (from 2 Thoughts about the piano)

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, Allegro moderato molto e marcato- Quasi presto- Andante maestoso

Chopin: Nocturne in G minor, Op. 37, No. 1

Szymanowski: Masques, Don Juan's Serenade

Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy in C Major, Op. 15, D. 760 (excerpt)

J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BMV 861

Liszt: Apres une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi una sonata

Video

  • See video Chopin Preludes, Op 28 Live at The Trust Performing Arts Center

    Chopin Preludes, Op 28 Live at The Trust Performing Arts Center

  • See video  Ballade No. 1 in G minor

    Ballade No. 1 in G minor

Press

  • Quotes

    “…a fantasy world of shimmering sounds and colors…flawless and dazzling…”

    – Cincinnati Enquirer

     

    “Her finger-work was immaculate, inner voices were keenly drawn out…”

    – The Washington Post

     

    “…played with élan and fire and a surplus of bravura technique”

    – Cincinnati Enquirer

     

    “…with poise, strength, wit, and subtlety.”

    – The Boston Globe

     

     

    “…fluidity, extreme agility, and with a natural captivating elegance…”

    – El Periodico (Spain)

     

     

    “…masterful, skillful, exciting, and with joy that delicately colored the sensitivity of the music.”

    – El Periodico (Spain)

     

    “Her fingers flew along the keys and evoked a sense of humor, sarcasm and whimsy.”

    – Cincinnati Enquirer

     

    “…crisp and very fleet finger work…”

    Ventura County Star

Repertoire

  • Orchestral Repertoire

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH : Concerto No.1 in D minor

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Concerto No.4 in A Major

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH : Concerto No.5 in F minor

    BELA BARTOK : Concerto No.3 in E Major

    BELA BARTOK : Concerto No.2 in G Major

    BELA BARTOK : Concerto No.1

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op.15

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op.19

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op.73

    JOHANNES BRAHMS: Concerto No. 1 in D minor

    JOHANNES BRAHMS: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major

    FREDERIC CHOPIN: Concerto No. 1 in E minor

    FREDERIC CHOPIN: Concerto No. 2 in F minor

    CESAR FRANCK: Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra

    EDVARD GRIEG: Concerto in A minor

    GEORGE GERSHWIN: Piano Concerto in F

    GEORGE GERSHWIN : Rhapsody in Blue

    FRANZ LISZT: Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major

    FRANZ LISZT: Concerto No. 2 in A Major

    FRANZ LISZT: Totentanz

    FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

    FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D Major, K. 537

    SERGEI PROKOFIEV : Concerto No.1 in D-flat Major

    SERGEI PROKOFIEV : Concerto No.2 in G minor

    SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Concerto No.3 in C Major, Op.26

    SERGEI RACHMANINOFF : Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor

    SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Concerto No. 2 in C minor

    SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Concerto No. 3 in D minor

    SERGEI RACHMANINOFF : Concerto no.4 in G minor

    SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

    MAURICE RAVEL: Concerto in G Major

    CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS: Concerto No. 2 in G minor

    CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS: Concerto No. 5 in F major

    ARNOLD SCHOENBERG : Piano concerto

    ROBERT SCHUMANN: Concerto in A minor

    DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto No.1 in C minor, Op.35

    DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto No.2 in F Major, Op. 102

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor

  • Programs

    Water World

    Water World is an exploration of how water has inspired many of the great composers. Works from this program include both Ravel and Debussy’s “Ondine,” based on the tale of the titular water nymph, as well as Chopin’s “Barcarolle” based on a folk song sung by Venetian Gondoliers.

    Debussy – La cathedrale engloutie (The Submerged Cathedral)           

                      Estampes. No.3 Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the Rain) 

                      Images I. No.1 Reflets  dans l’eau (Reflections on the Water) 

                      Images II. No.3 Poissons d’or(Goldfish)  

              Ondine 

    Chopin – Barcarolle 

    Mendelssohn- Two Venetian Gondola Songs from Songs without Words

                               Op.19 No.6 in g minor

                              Op.30 No.6 in f-sharp minor 

    Ravel  –   Jeux D’eau (Fountains)              

                     Gaspard de la  nuit 1. Ondine    

                     Miroirs No.3 Une barque sur l’ocean  (A boat on the ocean) 

    Liszt –  Années de pèlerinage II. Venezia e Napoli

                 1. Gondoliera (Gondolier’s Song)

                 Les jeux d’eau a la Villa d’Este  (The Fountains of the Villa d’Este)   

                                          

    Water has been an inspiration for many great composers. For example, Debussy wrote several pieces with water-related titles. Both Debussy and Ravel wrote pieces entitled “Ondine” based on the tale of the titular water nymph. Barcarolle was a traditional folk song sung by Venetian gondoliers.

    Fantasies

    Fantasies is a program based on works by composers who were inspired by this free form of composition. This program includes works by Chopin, who used the name ‘fantasy’ to give more freedom and his expression to his music, as well as Schubert’s ‘Wanderer Fantasy.’

    Mozart – Fantasia in d Minor

    Bach – Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue

    Chopin – Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Major Op. 61

    Chopin – Fantasie in f minor, Op. 49

    Schubert – Wanderer Fantasy

     

    Blended with Songs

    Robert Schumann- Transcription of songs

    Felix Mendelssohn- Songs without Words, Book I & II

    Franz Liszt- Schubert song transcriptions

    Schumann composed his songs in 1840, the year of his engagement and marriage to Clara, and he later transcribed many of his songs for piano. Mendelssohn wrote his Songs without Words for piano in 1830, resulting in 48 short pieces grouped in eight books. Liszt expressed his experience of hearing Schubert’s songs in his 1838 visit to Vienna: “I heard in the salons, with vivid pleasure and sentimentality bringing tears to my eyes, an artistic friend, the Baron von Schönstein, present Schubert’s lieder….” This experience inspired Liszt to write numerous transcriptions of Schubert songs for solo piano.