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Program

15 April - 11:00 h (Local Time)
FreiRaum

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

WILLIAM YOUN

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Sonata in A Major for Piano, D. 664
Sonata in A Minor for Piano, D. 784

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Fantasia in C Minor for Piano, KV 475
Sonata in C Minor for Piano, KV 457

The fantasia and sonata in C minor were written at the height of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's success. These works and the sonatas in A major and A minor by Franz Schubert will be performed by the Korean pianist William Youn. They give testimony to the unique modernity of each of the two great composers.

Sparkling attack, clear melody and carefully placed emphases – William Youn plays with a delicate nobility that has seen him described in the press as a "genuine poet" with a "bravura technique of touch". William Youn approaches the piano works with sensitivity, refraining from excessive gestures. Perhaps more striking than his technical brilliance is the almost rapt abandon with which he plays. Gradually, however, Youn reveals the full range of his expression, which is capable of achieving a tremendously dramatic intensity. Movimentos festivalgoers from previous years are already familiar with the way in which his musical dynamic draws the audience in, immersing them in the sound.

William Youn was born in Seoul in South Korea and debuted with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eleven. He studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston (USA), at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and at the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy) with renowned teachers including Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Dmitri Bashkirov. Youn's cosmopolitanism is reflected in his international concerts and competition successes as well as in his education. He made his concert debut in 2014 with the Munich Philharmonic conducted by Lorin Maazel. Youn has since performed concerts with renowned orchestras around the world.

Critics were lavish in their praise of William Youn's recording of the piano sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which was completed in 2017 and received a number of distinctions, including the Pizzicato Supersonic Award. Also in 2017, the album Mozart with Friends (with Sabine Meyer, Julia Fischer and Nils Mönkemeyer) won Germany's ECHO Klassik award for the best chamber music recording of the year.

William Youn gave a lecture concert at last year's Movimentos Festival together with violinist Nils Mönkemeyer, having performed previously in Wolfsburg in 2015 and 2016.