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Um [Sprouting]

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Headshot of Yeonjoon Yoon

Um [Sprouting] is a project of original works by pianist, composer, improviser and winner of Guildhall School's prestigious Gold Medal in 2018, Yeonjoon Yoon.

Fusing his deep understanding of Western classical music with his native Korean roots, Yeonjoon’s work draws inspiration from the sounds and sights of South Korea.

The concert begins with pieces for solo piano spanning from the Baroque era to the contemporary, featuring composers from Bach to Brad Mehldau, and Chopin to Philip Glass. The profound influence of these composers on Yoon’s artistic journey is demonstrated in his original composition Etude No 1, Recursion.

After the interval, Yeonjoon takes centre stage to showcase his original compositions and improvisations, accompanied by Korean traditional musicians Yeji Kim on Haegeum (string) and Hannah Kim on percussion and voice. The performance concludes with a tribute to Ryuichi Sakamoto, a rendition of his exquisite Thousand Knives.

Presented by Guildhall School of Music & Drama

This concert is supported by Arts Council Korea.

Milton Concert Concert Hall