Keynote Artist Management announces today that pianist Yekwon Sunwoo will join the firm’s roster for worldwide general management, effective immediately.

In June 2017, Yekwon Sunwoo was named the gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, at 28 years of age. In addition to cash and other prizes, he received three years of guaranteed comprehensive career management from the Cliburn, including mentorship and international concert bookings from the London-based Keynote Artist Management. Keynote manager Claudia Clarkson was immediately struck by Mr. Sunwoo’s charisma and authority at the keyboard when she heard him in Fort Worth during the Competition, which, in part, led to this offer of worldwide management just 6 months after his win.

Mr. Sunwoo’s Decca Gold album, Cliburn Gold 2017, reached #1 on the Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart its first week of release in August. Featuring his Competition-winning performances of Ravel, Haydn, and Rachmaninoff, the recording is available on all major outlets (including the Cliburn Shop at

Since then he has made an undeniable impression during his fall tour around the world, including his:

  • sold-out Chicago recital debut, lauded for “ravishing pianisim… a genuine poetic sensibility, a way of making the music his own and telling you things about it you had not heard before” (Chicago Tribune);
  • return to the Cliburn stage in Fort Worth, where “it was clear that something special was happening… I sensed emotional depths I’d never before imagined” (Dallas Morning News);
  • special performance, alongside Renée Fleming and Cynthia Nixon, for the New York Public Radio Gala 2017;
  • U.K. concerto debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and other performances across Europe, Asia, and North America.

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