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The Sound of Music

Anh-Minh Le | April 30, 2018 | Lifestyle Story Culture National

Renowned pianist Yeol Eum Son returns to Silicon Valley May 6 as part of the Steinway Society’s 23rd season. “Being on a stage is a nerve-racking experience,” she says, “but it is also a great way of relieving all the inner stress because you are given [the opportunity] to speak out loud, about anything you wish, toward many people.... I keep reminding myself how privileged I am in this sense.”

Son, who was raised in South Korea and currently resides in Germany, recalls taking her first piano lesson at the age of 3 1⁄2. Now 31, the silver medalist at Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has, much to her surprise, also achieved YouTube sensation status: A video of her playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 has been viewed more than 9 million times. (In April, she is releasing an album of the concerto; it is the late Sir Neville Marriner’s final recording.) An informational lecture precedes her upcoming appearance, and a meet-and-greet follows. 2:30pm, tickets $40-$60, Trianon Theatre, San Jose

Originally published in the May issue of Silicon Valley

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