“But I think of it as a grand opening of the new chapter, and I will keep on striving to make music come alive and to share these emotions.”Sunwoo made his music come alive at his Tuesday, Oct.24, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist concert at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campus.Sunwoo then went on to earn his master’s degree from the Juilliard School and his artist diploma at the Mannes School of Music in New York City.Sunwoo currently studies under Bernd Goetzke in Hannover, Germany.
He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, Radio France and Salle Cortot in Paris, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul.
People say hard work pays off, and in Sunwoo's case, it definitely did because he won the competition.
And for Sunwoo, the victory came with not only a feeling of success, but with the chance to explore more opportunities as a pianist.“I feel extremely privileged to be the 2017 Cliburn gold medalist,” Sunwoo said.
Sunwoo had also never been to the Lied Center before, and Ann Chang, the Lied Center’s creative director, was excited to have him.“It’s an honor to be asked to showcase the gold medal winner of the Cliburn Competition,” Chang said.
Being in a new place and a different performing environment, Sunwoo said he is used to short visits to each of the places he performs, but he was excited for the crowd that would be at the Lied Center.“As usual, it will be such a short visit,” Sunwoo said before his concert at the Lied Center.
The competition can be very difficult and requires lots of hard work, according to Sunwoo.