Hyeyoung Song, Pianist

June 24, 2017

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:23 pm

It was a joyful experience that I could be a part of the 15th Van Cliburn Piano Competition as a critic and press member. Congratulations to all the wonderful young pianists! 

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Interview with Yekwon Sunwoo, the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist

Hyeyoung Song(HS): Please share with us your thoughts as the winner of the 15th Van Cliburn Competition.
Yekwon Sunwoo(YS): The physical endurance was a challenge and at times time would pass excruciatingly slowly. But I am thankful that I was able to finish strong and grateful to all the people who stood by me until the end.

HS: During this competition, was there a particular piece you were most satisfied with and least satisfied?
YS: Honestly, I think that there is always an area you wish you could have done differently in a performance. The job of a performer is to perform their very best and the process in which making the best performance is what brings happiness. Even though it is short, Schubert-Liszt’s Litanei auf des Fest Aller Seelen is one of the pieces that felt special to me while I was performing it.

HS: As the winner of the competition, you will probably become very busy. What changes do you think this will bring for you?
YS: I had better continue to perform my very best by working hard and avoiding laziness. It still hasn’t hit me that I am the winner of the competition….however, it is my dream to be a musician that always advances and matures, so I will do my best.

HS: In your lifetime, is there a certain piece that you would like to leave a recording of?
YS: Since Schubert is a composer that is very dear to me, I would like to record his late sonatas. There are so many, it’s hard for me to even choose one.

HS: You are the first South Korean to win the Van Cliburn Competition…could you say something to your fans and the young musicians back at home?
YS: Thank you to everyone who supported me and cheered me on. And I am thankful for those who always showed interest even with my shortcomings. I’m sure all performers feel this way since there is no such thing as a perfect performer. I believe there is always room for improvement and I will always try my best to move people’s hearts with my music. I’m grateful for your continued support.


Interview by Hyeyoung Song

선우예권 반클라이번 콩쿨 우승 현장 인터뷰

송혜영(이하 송):제 15회 반 클라이번 콩쿨에서 우승하신 소감을 말씀해 주세요.
선우예권(이하 선우):짧은 시간들이 길게 느껴 질 정도로 체력적으로 지치기도 했는데요. 잘 마쳐서 감사하고, 지켜 봐주신 모든 분들께 감사합니다.

송: 이번 콩쿨의 곡 중 에서 본인이 가장 만족했던 곡은 무엇이고 가장 아쉬움이 남았던 곡이 있다면.
선우: 사실 연주에는 항상 아쉬움이 조금씩 있는 것 같아요. 연주자의 직업이라는 것이 최상의 연주를 하기 위해서 계속 살아 가고 그 과정을 통해 행복을 느끼는 것이니까요. 제가 특별하게 생각하는 곡 중의 하나가 슈베르트 가곡 리타나이(Schubert-Liszt, Litanei auf des Fest Aller Seelen) 를 좋아하는데 짧은 곡이지만 연주 때에도 특별하게 다가왔습니다.

송: 우승자에게 주어지는 연주무대로 앞으로 무척 바빠지실텐데 어떤 변화가 있을 거라고 생각을 하시는지
선우: 다가오는 연주들을 최상의 조건들로 좋은 연주를 해야겠지요. 게을리 하지 않고 열심히 좋은 연주를 들려드리도록 해야 할 것 같아요. 아직은 우승했다는 실감이 나지 않는데…항상 발전하고 성숙해지는 진실한 음악가가 되는 것이 제 꿈이기 때문에 열심히 하겠습니다.

송: 본인이 일생을 통해서 꼭 남기고 싶은 레코딩이 있다면
선우: 소중하게 생각하는 작곡가는 슈베르트이기 때문에 슈베르트 소나타 후기 작품들을 남겨 보고 싶은데 그것은 너무 이른 것 같기도 하구요. 너무 많아서 하나만 고르기는 힘드네요.

송: 반클라이번 우승이라는 한국인으로서 역사적 수상을 하셨는데 고국의 팬들과 어린 음악가들에게 한 말씀 해 주세요.
선우: 응원해 주신 모든 분들께 너무 감사드리고, 부족할 수도 있는 연주를 항상 관심을 주신 분들께 감사드리고 싶어요. 모든 연주자들이 그렇게 느끼겠지만 완전한 연주는 없기 때문에 늘 부족하다 생각하거든요. 가슴에 무언가를 남길 수 있는 연주를 위해 노력하겠고 지켜 봐주시면 좋겠습니다.


Interview by Hyeyoung Song


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