Yekwon Sunwoo

Yekwon Sunwoo

This year's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition came to a close Saturday night, June 10, and the Waco Symphony Orchestra now knows its guest artist for the Sept. 21 concert: South Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo.

Sunwoo, 28, topped the field during the 17-day competition, winning the gold medal, a $50,000 prize and a sheaf of concerts contracted by the Cliburn Foundation, one of which is the one in Waco. He's a Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music graduate, now studying in Hannover, Germany.

As silver and bronze Van Cliburn medalists have performed with the WSO in past seasons, it's worth noting that coming in second was 23-year-old American Kenneth Broberg, a University of Houston graduate, and third place went to another American player, Daniel Hsu, 19.

No word yet on the music on the Sept. 21 program, but Sunwoo played the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 and the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto during the competition.

Tribune-Herald entertainment editor