The young South Korean pianist Sae Yoon Chon is one of the most exciting young pianists to emerge onto the international scene in recent years. First Prize winner at the 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition and at the 2019 Orford Music Festival he has also been a major prize winner at competitions at the Verbier Festival, in Hong Kong, Valencia in Spain, Los Angeles, Seoul, Hilton Head, Young Concert Artists and many others.
When he was first invited to play in Italy in 2018 it was such a success that he was invited back for more concerts in 2019 and then for even more in 2020. His appearances in Germany in 2019 (including the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and in Weimar) has led to future engagements in 2022. In the 2018-19 season he played in Spain, Italy, Germany, Ireland, U.S.A., Canada and South Korea. During the Covid-19 pandemic he performed in Italy, S.Korea , Ireland and Canada. In the 2020-21 season he made a recital debut at the Seoul Arts Center and he is returning to the Verbier Festival for the Soloist Academy. In the 2021-22 season he will make his Carnegie Hall debut in New York, Wigmore Hall debut in London, Roy Thomson Hall debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and returning to National Concert Hall in Dublin with the RTE NSO.
Sae Yoon first studied piano in his native South Korea particularly with Hyoung-Joon Chang. He continued his studies on full scholarship at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with John O’Conor and occasionally with James Anagnoson. He completed the Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School with Professor O’Conor. During this period Sae Yoon became a recipient of the Ihnatowycz Prize, which is one of the most prestigious artistic awards in Canada. He is starting his Master’s degree at the Juilliard School this fall with Professor Robert McDonald.
He has played with many orchestras including those of Cleveland, Hong Kong, Valencia and the National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin Ireland. Conductors with whom he has worked include Jahja Ling, Tania Miller, Bruno Aprea, John Morris Russell, Young-Min Park, Andrew Mogrelia, Erzhan Dautov, Ja Kyung Year and Denis Mastromonaco.